Have you ever considered building collaborations outside academia? Do you wonder about the possibilities, the benefits and the pitfalls of working with industry on a research project?

Increasing Australia’s productivity through innovation and technical development are at the front of everyone’s mind. There is an increased focus on the societal benefits from research, and there is a real possibility that measuring research impact will be included in future ERA evaluations.  What is the role of mathematical scientists in all of this? This forum will bring together a number of academics who hold or have held ARC Linkage projects to share their experiences with the wider maths community.  Our academic panel will draw from their own experiences with industry collaboration, presenting real-life case studies and sharing insights and strategies for successful partnerships.

The panel will talk about:

  • Establishing and fostering collaborations
  • Securing funding – ARC Linkage and other sources
  • Research benefits

This discussion forum is designed to provide you with information, and to start a conversation among mathematical scientists about ways of engagement with industry.

Speakers include:


Discussion leader: Professor Peter Taylor, University of Melbourne

Peter Taylor is Professor of Operations Research and Australian Laureate Fellow, University of Melbourne, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). Peter has extensive consulting experience with industries such as Defence, mineral resources,  and telecommunications.

Dr Amie Albrecht, University of South Australia

Amie Albrecht is Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia and researcher within the Centre of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Amie’s research is motivated by practical industry-inspired challenges, mainly in Operations Research with applications to transport problems. She is a collaborator on a recently awarded ARC Linkage Project on improving train flows with connected driver advice systems, with industry partner TTG Transportation Technology Pty Ltd.

Associate Professor Tim Garoni, Monash University

Tim Garoni is Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University. His research interests include Mathematical physics and statistical mechanics.  Together with Jan de Gier he collaborates on an ARC Linkage project on urban traffic congestion with industry partner VicRoads.

Professor Jan De Gier, University of Melbourne

Jan  De Gier is Professor of Mathematics at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. he is interested in solvable lattice models, which aside from the pure maths aspects  provide useful frameworks for modeling real world phenomena. With Tim Garoni, he is  a collaborator on the urban traffic congestion project with VicRoads.

Adjunct Professor Erhan Kozan, Queensland University of Technology

Erhan Kozan is Adjunct Professor in the Mathematical Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology, and has a research program in the field of operation research. He has held several ARC Linkage projects and is currently collaborator on an ARC Linkage project on synchronising and optimising patient scheduling systems to improve patient flow with the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Associate Professor Yvonne Stokes, University of Adelaide

Yvonne Stokes is Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Adelaide. Her research interests are fluid mechanics, mathematical biology and industrial mathematics. She is currently collaborating on a Linkage Project in the area of nano-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, an analytical tool for proteomics and synthetic chemistry, with Trajan Scientific And Medical Pty Ltd.

How to participate in this forum:

1. Book your nearest ACE facility;

2. Notify Maaike Wienk at ace@amsi.org.au that you will be participating.

No access to an ACE facility? Contact Maaike Wienk to arrange a temporary Visimeet licence for remote access (limited number of licences available – first come first serve)


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