The workshop will start on August 20, at 8:00 am, with breakfast and registration, on the main floor of Pavillon André-Aisenstadt.

The goal of the workshop is to gather industry representatives, academic researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to work on concrete problems proposed by the industry. The workshop is organized by the Centre de recherches mathématiques, along with GERAD, the CIRRELT (Interuniversity Research Center on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation) and ncm2, and is sponsored by the MITACS network of centres of excellence. The participants will work in teams, and each team will analyse a problem supplied by a company or a public sector institution. The workshop will provide companies and institutions with mathematical tools for solving problems, and will enable academic researchers in applied mathematics to work on real-world problems.

The Montreal workshop is part of a Canadian tradition, since the PIMS Institute, based in Vancouver, started organizing Industrial Problem Solving Workshops around ten years ago. Information on these may be found at

In 2006, the Fields Institute organized a similar workshop; information on this workshop may be found at

In Eastern Canada, the Industrial Problem Solving Workshops will alternate between the Fields Institute and the CRM.


The MathWorks company has provided many MATLAB licenses (including several toolboxes) for use by the participants to this workshop. We are very grateful to MathWorks for its generous support.