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‘The answer lies in collaboration and partnership,’ says Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Oxford
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‘The answer lies in collaboration and partnership,’ says Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Oxford

Tue, Dec 15, 2020
‘The answer lies in collaboration and partnership,’ says Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Oxford
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International Workshop on Multiphase Flows: Analysis Modelling and Numerics

Climate change, pollution, and more recently, the development of affordable medicine in this time of an ongoing pandemic are just of the global challenges we face today as a society, and many experts, including mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and physicists, are working together to tackle these challenges.

To provide a place where researchers in the math and physics fields can exchange and share new ideas amongst each other, the Waseda University Top Global University Project’s Multiscale Analysis, Modelling and Simulation Model Unit held the online event, “International Workshop on Multiphase Flows: Analysis, Modelling and Numerics” from December 1 to 4, 2020.

This workshop on mathematical fluid mechanics research has been held every year since 2009. It invites Japanese and international researchers who have presented notable research results that year and provides opportunities for young researchers to present their findings. For instance, the workshop last year focused on modelling blood flow and its numerical analysis, and researchers from the medical, fluid mechanics, and mathematical fluid mechanics discussed the topic. Doctoral students from the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Course also gave presentations on their research results.

This year, a session called “Oxford-Waseda in Mathematics” was held to commemorate the university-wide agreement between Oxford University and Waseda University signed in April 2020. The objective of this session was to discuss how the two universities could expand their educational and research exchange on a larger scale. Waseda’s Professor Hironori Kasahara (Senior Executive Vice President for Research and IT Promotion) and Professor Yoshihiro Shibata (Head of the Mathematics Department and Head of the Multiscale Analysis, Modelling and Simulation Model Unit) as well as Oxford’s Professor Chas Bountra (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation) and Professor Mike Giles (Head of the Mathematics Department) gave opening speeches during the session.

From left: Chas Bountra (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Professor of Translational Medicine, University of Oxford); Mike Giles (Head of Mathematics and Professor of Scientific Computing, University of Oxford); Hironori Kasahara (Senior Executive Vice President for Research; Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Waseda University); and Yoshihiro Shibata (Director and Professor, Department of Mathematics, Waseda University)

In their opening speeches, both Vice President Kasahara and Pro-Vice Chancellor Bountra emphasized the importance of collaboration. Vice President Kasahara introduced Waseda’s efforts in industry-academia collaboration, such as the launch of the Research Innovation Center. This new center integrates the following four functions: research strategy planning; collaboration between industry, government, and academia, management of intellectual property; and entrepreneurship. The center’s aim is to enhance the University’s collaborations with industry to advance the development of new technologies and products, as well as help create venture businesses for students, staff, and faculty.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Bountra commented in his speech that, “[The global challenges we face today] cannot be sorted by any one individual or any one institution. The answer lies in collaboration and partnership. We have to work across disciplines, we have to work with other institutions, we have to work with industry, and we have to work with government, with funders, and with regulators. Importantly, we have to work with other countries.”

In total, more than 25 researchers and students gave presentations on topics such as “Local Regularity of Axisymmetric Solutions to the Navier-Stokes Equations,” “On the Poincaré and Related Inequalities,” and “On the Self-Propelled Motion of a Rigid Body in a Viscous Liquid by Time-Periodic Boundary Data.” For more information, please visit the event website.

The workshop this year was held online as a protective measure against the novel coronavirus disease. However, Waseda looks forward to utilizing new educational technology so that it can continue to expand its globalization efforts by holding events such as this workshop and to provide more opportunities for young researchers to engage with researchers who are at the forefront of their field.


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