Mathematical Desk for Italian Industry

Antonino Sgalambro, Maurizio Ceseri, Mario Santoro
Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo “Mauro Picone”, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The Mathematical Desk for Italian Industry is the english translation for the italian research project “SM[i]2”, namely, Sportello Matematico per l’Industria Italiana.
The SM[i]2 project is located in Rome at the “Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo Mauro Picone” (IAC), an institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and has been funded by the Italian Ministry for Education and Research (MIUR) for a starting period of three years. Its activities are organized in coordination with the Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI) and the Italian Association of Operations Research (AIRO). The mission of the Mathematical Desk for the Italian Industry is that of building a concrete bridge of common interests between the italian scientific community of applied mathematics and the world of the italian enterprises, focused in particular on the development of industrial research projects. The main objective of the SM[i]2 is to realize an effective and qualified intermediation role in the field of scientific and technological transfer, based on the role of mathematics in particular. This way, the SM[i]2 project aims to encourage italian enterprises to improve the quality of their products and processes through the adoption of mathematical methods developed ad-hoc for their needs, thanks to a strict cooperation with a rich network of italian research centers on industrial mathematics. Additional objectives of SM[i]2 are: to give more visibility to what mathematics can offer to industry; to create an Italian network of excellence in industrial mathematics, possibly in an international context of European networks; to stimulate future engagement of young mathematicians in industry, creating a natural network of contacts between advanced academic research in mathematics and industrial research. Started in December 2012, the SM[i]2 project is currently developed by a team of four researchers working at the IAC in Rome. The research team is supervised by the scientific and institutional direction of IAC-CNR, and is assisted by an Advisory Board, that includes several major italian experts in Applied and Industrial Mathematics.
More information on SM[i]2 projects is available on the website where enterprises can apply directly to ask for free consultancies in order to start developing innovation projects in the field of applied and industrial mathematics.