Bridging the Gaps Between Engineering and Mathematics in the Edinburgh Research Partnership

Lead Research Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Department Name: S of Mathematical and Computer Sciences


The Edinburgh Research Partnership (ERP) in Engineering and Mathematics was established recently, linking key groups in Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities. This is completely changing the research environment at the two institutions, and this period of change and realignment offers a unique opportunity to extend the commitment to multidisciplinary working in both institutions. This project is focused on creating new collaborations between mathematical sciences and engineering through a range of pump-priming activities designed to break down the barriers (including lack of time and opportunity) to multidisciplinary collaborations, and to encourage the building of novel and lasting collaborations from the ground up. The activities include scoping workshops, working in pairs (a concentrated period for people from different subjects to work together), mathematician/engineer in residence (immersion in a different discipline) and a visitor and seminar programme. Academic staff in the ERP (and subject areas relevant to this call) will be encouraged to apply to our Selection Panel for backing to carry out pump-priming activities, and we will respond quickly with support for promising proposals.
Description This was a very wide ranging project aiming tostart p new interactions between mathematics and engineering discisplines. A key outcome was in modelling elctricity supply, particularly including renewable energy. Another was in modelling subsurface flows related to oil and gas extraction and possible carbon storage.
Exploitation Route Through publications and by involvement in follow-on work that is still on-going.
Sectors Energy,Healthcare

Description This was a very wide-ranging project that generated many short term interactions bewteen disciplines. Key areas to benefit were in modelling electricity supply strategies and in subsurface flows.
Sector Energy,Healthcare
Impact Types Economic

Description EPSRC Grant
Amount £487,906 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/I017054/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2011 
End 03/2015
IP Reference US20120002803 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted
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