Study Group Mathematics with Industry 2017

SWI 2017 was held from January 23 to 27 at the Amsterdam Science Park. It  was co-organized by the Korteweg – de Vries Institute for Mathematics of the University of Amsterdam and the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Dutch Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science.



What is SWI?

SWI (Study Group Mathematics with Industry) is a combined industrial–academic week-long workshop sponsored by NWO and STW. Roughly fifty to eighty mathematicians work in groups on problems submitted by companies. Companies present a selection of problems on Monday. The participants devote the entire week to studying these problems in smaller groups, and presents their results on Friday.

SWI is ideal for companies that are new to cooperation with academia. The event is often a first step towards a fruitful long-term collaboration between companies and academia.

Examples of topics from last year:

  • Strategies for maximum yield in potato harvesting (HZPC)
  • Modelling pension fund growth (ORTEC)
  • Designing an energy-efficient timetable (Netherlands Railways)


How to participate

If you want to contribute a problem to SWI 2017, please contact Chris Stolk. The costs of participating as a company are €1500. In addition, a representative of your company is expected to be available at various moments during the week of 23-27 January 2017 at Amsterdam Science Park.



All mathematicians from PhD level and higher are welcome to participate in the study groups of SWI 2017.  You can register on our registration form.

Participation is free of charge, including the lunches and dinners mentioned in the program. Accommodation can be arranged for participants from outside the Amsterdam region.


Monday January 23
09:30 – 10:00Arrival and coffee/teaScience Park Congress Centre
10:00 – 10:10Official opening
10:10 – 10:20Welcome
10:20 – 11:35Company presentations
11:35 – 11:50Coffee/tea
11:50 – 13:05Company presentations
13:05 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 14:30Group formation
14:30 – 17:00Group discussions with company representativesMeetingrooms CWI
17:00 – 18:30DrinksForum (at CWI)


Tuesday January 24
09:00 – 12:30Group discussionMeetingrooms CWI
12:30 – 13:30LunchL 121 (CWI)
13:30 – 17:30Group discussionMeetingrooms CWI


Wednesday January 25
09:00 – 12:30Group discussionMeetingrooms CWI
12:30 – 13:30LunchL 121 (CWI)
13:30 – 17:30Group discussionMeetingrooms CWI
18:30 – 23:00Conference dinnerrestaurant Humphreys


Thursday January 26
09:00 – 12:30Group discussionMeetingrooms CWI
12:30 – 13:30LunchL 121 (CWI)
13:30 – 18:30Group discussion + preparation presentationMeetingrooms CWI
18:30 – 19:30Snacks and drinksL 121 (CWI)
19:30 – 21:00Preparation presentationMeetingrooms CWI


Friday January 27
09:00 – 10:30Group presentations Science Park Congress Centre
10:30 – 11:00Coffee and tea
11:00 – 12:30Group presentations
12:30 – 12:35Closing
12:35 – 13:30Lunch


There are no media appearances of SWI 2017 yet. You may wish to have a look at the YouTube movie of SWI, that gives a good impression of the Studygroups Mathematics with Industry:

Companies that wish to propose a problem for SWI 2017 are kindly requested to contact


Chris Stolk

Mathematicians that wish to participate in solving the problems may send request for information to swi.amsterdam@gmail.com. Registration is possible through the registration form.


Local organization:

  • Chris Stolk (UvA – chairman)
  • Daniëlle Kollerie (CWI)
  • Marieke Kranenburg (UvA)

Scientific Committee:

  • Daan Crommelin (CWI)
  • Stella Kapodistria (TU/e)
  • Peter van de Ven (CWI)
  • Guus Regts (UvA)
  • Chris Stolk (UvA)


The event takes place at various locations at Amsterdam Science Park. The starting event on Monday takes place at the Amsterdam Science Park Congress Centre (Science Park 125).

Directions by car:
Exit the A10 ringroad at S113/Watergraafsmeer. Follow the Science Park signs; these will direct you to the Kruislaan. Turn left onto the Carolina MacGillavrylaan after passing through the railroad tunnel. Take the Science Park entry at your right and enter the gate. You can park your car at any parking lot after the gate. Follow the signs to number 125, the main entrance. Exit passes will be provided by the organization, so you will not be charged for parking costs.

Directions by public transport:
CWI is a five minute walk away from NS station Amsterdam Science Park. This station is served four times an hour from the directions Amsterdam Centraal – Schiphol and Almere – Amersfoort. Walk through the tunnel after leaving the platform for the science park (northeast exit), cross the street (Carolina MacGillavrylaan) at the crosswalk and walk past the brown building of Amsterdam University College. You will be able to see the Congress Centre on your left behind the parking lot.

Bus 40 serves Amsterdam Science Park four times an hour from stations Amsterdam Muiderpoort and Amsterdam Amstel. Get off at Science Park University College. During rush hour bus 240 can be used, too. The hotel used for the event is very close to train station Amsterdam Amstel, take bus 40 or 240 to Science Park.


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