Maths and Public Policy for Cities & Infrastructure

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is working to raise the profile of the mathematical sciences and its importance to the public policy area.

Public policy is hugely important as it forms the framework by which government and non-governmental organisations work to resolve social, economic and political issues in society. This in turn determines the allocation and distribution of the resources needed to achieve these goals. Mathematics is essential to this process, as it allows us to model how the world works and increases understanding as to how social, economic, natural and industrial systems operate.

Following a launch event in December, this workshop will focus on the cross-cutting and inter-dependent areas of Cities, Transport, Energy and Environment.

The Mathematical Sciences offer a way of understanding fundamental questions about our world, and have demonstrable potential to deliver high-impact applications. This workshop will:
◾highlight state-of-the-art mathematical techniques, methodologies and expertise, which can greatly improve modelling and problem-solving in policy making
◾explore topics and challenges that would benefit from closer future interaction

Talks from leading mathematicians will include case studies and exemplars for applications, while policy practitioners will present the government perspectives, such as issues and challenges for developing and implementing policy.

 Main themes will include:
◾Cities – mathematics for a future cities framework, exemplars of applications
◾Transport – mathematical modelling of traffic systems
◾Energy – modelling variability and uncertainty in energy systems, inference techniques for planning sustainable energy
◾Environment – probability modelling to attribute weather events to climate change

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