The Reddick Lecture

The Reddick Leture 2020 - Cancelled

Date: Thursday 1st October at 4.00pm

Where: Virtual

Speaker: Professor R. Eddie Wilson (University of Bristol)

Title: Systems Thinking and Problem Solving: Value-based Approaches to Mathematical Innovation

About this lecture: This talk is a personal how-to (and how-not-to) manual for doing Maths with industry, or indeed with government. The Maths element is essential but lots of other skills and activities are equally necessary. Examples: problem elicitation; understanding the environmental constraints; power analysis; understanding world-views and aligning personal motivations; and finally, understanding the wider systems in which the Maths element will sit. These issues have been discussed for some time in the management science community, where their generic umbrella name is Problem Structuring Methods (PSMs).

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About Chris Reddick

Chris Reddick was instrumental in setting up the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling (InFoMM CDT). After helping secure the EPSRC funding he chaired the Industrial Engagement Committee and supported the CDT in all its Industrial relations. The success of the CDT, as evidenced by the current size of the industrial partnership and the vibrant programme we have developed, is in no small part due to Chris' charm, vision, and tenacity. He tragically passed away in 2015. The inaugural talk of the Reddick Lecture will be given by Steve Daum, the Managing Director of PDS petrotechnical with a long career in the oil industry.

Previous Lectures

2019: Dr Nira Chamberlain; Modelling the Competition

2018: Lincoln Wallen; Effective Mathematics: a disruptive technology in the era of the cloud.

2017: Tom Hebbert; Data science: the secret to unlocking operational performance within the UK’s largest retail supply chain. 

2016: Steve Daum; Petroleum industry challenges - where maths makes a difference.

2015: Sir John Beddington; Providing scientific advice to government.