Mathematics-in-Industry NZ (MINZ) events offer a collaborative approach to industry problem solving, where mathematical scientists tackle real life problems shared by companies.

This week-long intensive period of collaborative brain-storming is a great way of solving problems arising in industry and the environment.

Come join us at Massey University, Palmerston North to solve interesting and vital industry challenges to help New Zealand businesses innovate and grow.

During the week long MINZ study group you will get to meet and work with fellow mathematicians from NZ and around the world to demonstrate your skills directly to industry representatives.

Professor Melanie Roberts

Melanie Roberts, PhD. Research Scientist - Physical Analytics team at IBM Research - Australia

Melanie is a research scientist with the Physical Analytics team at IBM Research - Australia, focussing on weather impacted operations. In particular, Melanie works on integrating modelling with a weather forced component applicable to emergency management, agriculture and insurance industries. Her current work is focussed on developing models to understand household-based risk from bushfires in the peri-urban environment, and of developing models of impact of hail on crops.

Melanie is the Chair of the Victorian Branch of ANZIAM (Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics), a division of the Australian Mathematical Society, and the returning officer for the ANZIAM executive.

Melanie's background is in applied mathematics, having received a PhD from the University of Western Australia in the area of asymptotics and fluid dynamics. In addition, Melanie has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the areas of mathematics, education and science communication. In 2013 Melanie served on the Smarter Cities Challenge team "Enhancing Multi-agency Interoperability and Community Awareness: Smarter Disaster Management Systems for the 21st Century" to the City of Gold Coast.

Key note abstract

Weather impacted operations


Weather is a key driving factor behind many business impacts, and severe weather events can give lots of problems.

Weather is a driving factor of many processes impacting businesses. Advancements in weather forecasting have opened up opportunities for businesses to more effectively mitigate and respond to weather events, however rarely is the weather the primary interest.

This talk explores two problems in the area of weather impacted operations, focussing on the insurance industry.

MINZ events deliver:

  • Methods to solve complex industrial problems
  • Links with mathematical scientists from top universities and national laboratories across the country
  • Access to advanced computing solutions and environments
  • Highly cost effective access to scientific advice
  • Fresh input of new ideas.

Events details:

What: 2017 Maths-In-Industry NZ
Where: Massey University, Palmerston North
When: Monday 26th - Friday 30th June, 2017