MVE385 / MMA520, MSA520 Project course in mathematical and statistical modelling Autumn 21

MVE385 / MMA520, MSA520 Project course in mathematical and statistical modelling Autumn 21

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This page contains the program of the course. Other information, such as learning outcomes, teachers, literature and examination, are in a separate course PM.

Course examiner: Alexei Heintz, heintz{at}

Teaching in statistics: Serik Sagitov serik{at}



The main idea of this course is that you should practice the role as mathematics/statistics consultants for industrial and research-related projects. The main part therefore consists of working on your projects within small groups of  2 - 3 people, meeting with your external partners and with the course coordinator as necessary.

Working groups will be build and assigned to particular projects from the available list by the course coordinator. It will be done according to preferences and experiences of particular groups and individual students.

Chalmers introduced learning of ethical problems in engineering within this course. It will include 2-3 hours lectures on the topic and a workshop on this topic at the end of the course (alternatively an essay on the topic) . Working groups will make short presentations about ethical questions in the relation with their work on their project and will take part in the follow up discussion with  other groups. Some printed material on the topic will be supplied by the course coordinator.

Main areas of applications and methods for the projects are:

  • Simulation of transport processes in industry with PDE modeling
  • Microfluidics for biological and material science applications with PDE modelling

  • Simulation of heterogeneous materials.

  • Stability of wheels in vehicles and predictive car maintenance.
  • Image and signal processing

  • Stochastic and data analysis in transportation

  • Stochastic data analysis and parametrization of traffic observations

  • Discrete and continuous optimization.

Master projects are possible as the extension of  some of the topics.

The tentative schedule of the course is given in the weekly program below.  Exact times for workshops on ethics and for presentations of reports will be specified later depending on particular situations in different working groups.

We will use times and the room Euler given in Time Edit in the first week of the course and can use MVF31 later for consultations and for workshops. Otherwise the schedule in TimeEdit does not represent the real way of work at this course.


Weekly program (Check Assignments for exact deadlines of the key steps in the course)

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Week Day Time Contect

2-d of November

10-12, Euler, and Zoom sendning

Introduction to the course. Aim and purpose. Presentation of the projects.




Ranking projects and building  working groups.

1(45) 4 th of November 8-12, Euler and Zoom sendning Lecture on ethics in engineering

Building working groups.

Distribution of the projects

2(46) Meetings with partners. Start the project work. Write project plan according to  instructions.
3(47) Project work
Hand in project plan (preferably earlier)
4(48) Project work
5(49) Project work
6(50) 14th of December 10:00-12:00, MVF31

Workshop on ethics for groups:

Fluicell group, Astra Zeneka quadrics group, Centiro group, Viscando_5 group.

 16th of December

9:00-12:00  in MVF31.

Workshop on ethics for groups:

Viscando 4b group (Anna, Maria, Andreas)

Essity 2 group (Alma, Marius, Fynn)

Viscando 1 group (Valentina, Davide, Francesco, Lupo) 

Aptiv 1 group (Sara, Emilia, Gustav, Alexander)

Aptiv 2 group (Karin, Vincent, Siddhant)

17th of December - Zoom:

Viscando 2 group (Lirim, Anton, Marios)

7(51) Deadline for preliminary report

8(1) 3-9 January

Project work

Workshops on ethics

6 January 9-12  ???


10-16 January






Workshops on ethics.

11 January kl. 10-12, Zoom meeting:

Irlab group, AstraZeneca 1 group, Essity 1 group

13 January, kl. 10-12, Zoom meeting: MC-2 group, Saab group, Viscando 4a group, AstraZeneca 2 group.

14 January, 9:45-10:45, Zoom meeting : Viscando 3 group, Tetra Pack group


 Presentations of projects:

12 January 8-9: Essity 2 group

13 January 13-14: Viscando 3 group

13 January 15-16: Centiro group

14 January 11-12: Viscando 4b group. Zoom

10(3)  17-23 January


Ethics presentation:

18 January, 10:00 Volvo group.

Projects presentations:

18 January 11-12: Viscando 2 group

19 January, 11-12: Viscando 4a group.

19 Januari, 13.00: Fluicell group, Zoom

21 January, 13-14  Aptiv 1 group.

21 January - times except 13-14 are vacant

10(4) 24-31 January

Projects presentations:

24th of January 9:00-12:00: 3 Astra Zeneca groups

26 January 10:00:  Irlab group, Zoom

26 January 11:00 : Volvo group, Zoom

26 January, 12:00:  MC-2 group, Zoom

26 January 14-00:  Viscando 1 group, Zoom

26 January, 15:15: Saab group. Zoom from SAAB

28 January  10:00: Essity 1 group, Zoom

31 January , 9:00:  Tetra Pack group

31 January 10:00:  Aptiv 2 group,

31 January 11:00: Viscando 5 group


Course requirements

To pass the course you must fulfill the following tasks formulated as Assignments in Canvas:

  • Hand in rankings of the projects and descriptions of your mathematical qualifications and programming experience
  • Hand in a working plan according to instructions.
  • Hand in a preliminary report according to instructions.
  • Present your project results in an oral presentation (about 20 min)
  • Report your project in a scientific report according to instructions.
  • Take part in the presentation and discussion at the workshop on ethical problems in engineering. Alternatively students absent in the city at the time of the workshop can write an individual essay on the topic.


The course is passed when all course requirements formulated above are met.
Grades will be given based mainly on the final project report and on the feedback from the industrial partners,
but oral presentations, participation in the workshop on ethics in engineering and work during the project will also be weighed in.
The report should be a full high-quality report written in English according to instructions.


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