MPI is a problem solving workshop that attracts leading applied mathematicians, scientists and junior researchers (graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty) from universities, industry, and national laboratories. During the workshop, engineers and scientists from industry interact with the academic participants on problems of interest to their companies.
The workshop is a lively, 5-day interaction on the problems of interest to science and industry. On the first day, the industry representatives present their problems to the whole group. These problems vary widely in nature from those requiring basic physical modeling to those requiring significant simulation, computation or data analysis. For the rest of the week, the workshop participants break up into small working groups consisting of senior faculty and attending scientists, graduate students, and the industrial representatives, to discuss and tackle the problems in an informal setting. On the last day of the workshop, an academic participant from each group presents the results obtained and discusses possible future directions. A written report detailing the progress made during the workshop is prepared subsequently and sent to the industry representatives.
The MPI Organizing Committee is committed to working with representatives from industry to strengthen academic-industrial ties on research challenges. The workshop also seeks to provide a stimulating and engaging collaborative environment for students and faculty to work together and explore innovative approaches to novel real-world problems.