Cardiff University & Hewlett Packard

Professor Alexander Balinsky, Professor of Mathematical Physics undertook a SIP placement with Hewlett-Packard Lab, Bristol, HP’s second largest central research location. The lab has a history of addressing real world problems and cultivating leadership and centres of excellence in a wide range of technical fields.


Cardiff School of Mathematics has strong research groups in Analysis and Differential Equations, Mathematical Physics, Stochastic Differential Equations and Applied Mathematics and Fluid mechanics and an objective of HP was to benefit from the application of new theoretical research, incorporating this into real products and services.  One of the aims of the placement from Professor Balinsky’s perspective was to discover ways in which real life business problems can be incorporated into teaching materials and student projects.


Both partners found the placement immensely rewarding with Professor Balinsky developing an understanding of the current and long term industrial problems and challenges that have heavy mathematical involvement/dependency. HP benefited greatly from Professor Balinsky’s knowledge of new mathematical techniques and from this several demo programs were subsequently developed, leading to the launch of a deep technology trial at their Cloud Services Business Unit.


Other outputs included the identification of common research problems which resulted in a collaborative grant application, the production of two articles on document segmentation, development of enhanced teaching materials and also the identification of future projects for long term collaboration.


Professor Alexander Balinsky says:
“Through SIP, we have identified several very interesting problems that are of common interest to both business and academia and this will form the basis for further long term collaboration between the School and the company.  I personally I have developed further knowledge on current real life problems and new tools for mining unstructured data , which have subsequently enhanced my teaching materials by enabling me to demonstrate to students the relevance of Mathematics to real life business problems and developments”


Andrew Hunter, Senior Research Engineer, Hewlett-Packard Labs Bristol:
“We have found the SIP very insightful and productive.  Through Professor Balinsky’s knowledge of new mathematical techniques and results we have developed several demo software programs and a pilot trial of one of these was launched in January 2013.  The project has also established a foundation for long term collaboration between HP Labs and Cardiff School of Mathematics particularly in the areas of machine learning, data mining and data analytics”

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