Our researchers lead a variety of projects creating a completely new network of collaboration beyond the academic world, where the application of mathematics is placed at the center of the partnership. In addition to solving specific industrial challenges, the applied initiatives provide feedback to our basic research leading to new and interesting mathematics which results in papers, patents, algorithms, software, and Ph.D. topics arising from applications. Applied projects are led by senior members and involve researchers from different research groups, students, highly trained research engineers, and external counterparts from the industry.
CMM has accumulated experience in selecting problems of industrial and mathematical relevance. Some were pushed by the industry while others came from governmental initiatives. Recent studies identified relevant clusters for the Chilean economy, among which we consider the following as our priorities for the next years: mining, telecommunications and transportation, natural resources, information technologies and finance. In these areas we already have some expertise in mathematical modeling and algorithmic development. A step ahead will be to translate our research into innovative industrial spin-offs and technological transfer, in alliance with industrial partners. Our links with some of the largest companies in Chile and abroad provide support to this ambition. We plan to structure our industrial research with a midterm horizon around laboratories, which are flexible structures comprising a small number of researchers that may be quickly adapted when challenges change .
Projects By Areas
The core of the applied research at CMM is based on the idea of laboratories that provide a sustained development to the diverse projects and activities of the center. In few lines we describe the main laboratory units that we have implemented up to now, and we outline some that are in the process of creation and others we plan to create in the near future.