Study Group Mathematics with Industry 2019

SWI 2019 will be held  from January 28 to February 1 at the WICC (Wageningen International Congress Centre) of Wageningen University. Companies are invited to pose a problem by contacting the local organisation committee.


What is SWI?
The Study Group Mathematics with Industry (SWI) is a combined industrial–academic week-long workshop sponsored by NWO. Roughly seventy 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.

Topics from last year:

  • Causal effects of government decisions on earthquakes in Groningen (CBS)
  • Optimal order picking from a large retailer warehouse (CQM)
  • Stability analysis of a buck converter in feedback control (DNV GL)
  • Optimal use of in vitro techniques in Dutch bulb industry (Hobaho)
  • Player evaluation in soccer using 2D tracking data (SciSports)
  • Weibull estimation of bearing performance from acceptance tests (SKF)

You may also wish to consult our searchable list of all years.

SWI 2019
SWI 2019 will be held at congress center WICC in Wageningen, from January 28 to February 1 2019.

How to participate
If you wish to contribute a problem to SWI 2019, please contact the organization committee through swi2019@wur.nl. We will then contact you to discuss the details of the suggested problem and whether it is suitable for SWI. Discussions about suggested problems have turned out to be very fruitful for companies.

After the discussion about a suggested problem, a formal decision about acceptance will made by the SWI organization committee.  The costs of participating as a company are €1750. In addition, a representative of your company is expected to be available at various moments during the week of  SWI 2019 at the Wageningen University.

Would you like to apply your knowledge in the following studygroup? All mathematicians, completing PhDs and above, are welcome to participate. Please register via our registration form. Are you a student and would you like to participate? Please send an email to swi2019@wur.nl.

List of Participants
In principle,  the names of participants will be mentioned on the “list of participants” on this website. If this is not permitted, please contact the organizers.

Participation is free of charge, including the lunches and dinners mentioned in the program. Accommodation (also free of charge) will be arranged for participants from outside the Wageningen region.

Social media: #SWI19
We invite you to start following the Linkedin-page of the Studygroup. News will be published here, as well as on this website.




Lunch Dinner






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More details will follow

Monday January 28
Arrival, opening, company presentations, group discussions

Tuesday January 29, Wednesday January 30, Thursday January 31
Group discussions, preparation presentations

Friday February 1
Group presentations


SWI 2019 does not yet feature in the media.

Companies that wish to propose a problem for SWI 2019 are kindly requested to contact Jaap Molenaar, chairman of the local organization committee, by email.

Mathematicians that wish to participate in solving the problems and need further information are kindly requested to send an email to swi2019@wur.nl. Registration is possible through the registration form.

We also invite you to follow the Linkedin-page of the Studygroup Mathematics with Industry.

Local Organization Committee​

Jaap Molenaar (chairman) Hans Stigter George van Voorn Lia Hemerik
Karel Keesman Jos Hageman Guus ten Broeke Gerard van Willigenburg



Dinie Verbeek



SWI 2019 News

  • Registration for SWI 2019 is open

    01-11-2018 - Mathematicians wishing to participate in SWI 2019 can now register at the SWI 2019 site.

  • Mathematics with Industry invites companies to submit problems

    05-10-2018 - If you could borrow a group of talented mathematicians for a week, what would you have them do? Companies are invited to submit a problem for the 2019 edition of the Studygroup. The Study Group Mathematics with Industry is a combined industrial-academic workshop where mathematics is used to tackle problems presented by companies and otherRead more