Course syllabus

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Course examiner: Alexei Heintz, heintz{at}

Teaching in statistics: Serik Sagitov serik{at}



The main idea of this course is that last year master students 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 and the teacher in statistics 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 3-4 hours lectures on the topic and a workshop on this topic in December or beginning of  January  (alternatively an individual essay on the topic can be supplied) . 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 and control of of various processes using ODEs and PDEs.
  • Simulation of mass flow processes in industry using PDE modeling with Comsol and Gesualdo packages.
  • Microfluidics for cell biology and material science applications with PDE modelling by Comsol.

  • Stochastic simulation of heterogeneous materials.

  • Image, video and and signal processing for various applications.

  • Stochastic data analysis and machine learning for various applications.

  • Discrete and continuous optimization, stochastic and classical.

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 larger Vasa A or Pascal for the first three occasions of the course scheduled in TimeEdit. We will use MVF31 later for consultations and for workshops.

Otherwise the schedule given 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 Content

31-st of October

10-12, Vasa A

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




Ranking projects and building  working groups.

1(44) 2-d of November  9 - 12, Pascal

Lecture on ethics in engineering.

The lecture will be recorded, with record saved at Canvas.


Building working groups.

Distribution of the projects


Meetings with partners. Start the project work. Discuss working plan with course examiner.       Write project plan according to  instructions.

3(46) Project work
Hand in project plan (preferably earlier)
4(47) Project work
5(48) Project work
6(49) 5th of December 

9-12, MVF 31,

20 minutes presentation and 5- minutes discussion per group.

Workshop on ethics for:

SAAB 1 group; Viscando_1. A group; Grow code group; Essity group:

One-two places left.

7th of  December 

9-12, MVF 31,

20 minutes presentation and 5- minutes discussion per group.

Workshop on ethics for:

Microfluidic group;  Volvo Cars Audio group; SAAB 2 non-Gaussian group; Astra Zeneca uncertainty group; TetraPak group;

Viscando 1B group , Viscando 2A group.



Workshop on ethics for groups:

(to be specified)

7(50) Deadline for preliminary report
8(1) Projects presentations for groups: to be specified

Project work



8 - 12 January

Projects presentations for groups: to be specified




8 januari kl. 14-15

presentation of the project  by Volvo Cars Audio group

9-th of January, 10:00 Workshop on ethics for groups:

Centiro group; Volvo group 1;


11th of January before lunch

Projects presentations to be specified:

11-12 life in MVF31:

Microfluidic group

11th of January 13:00  Workshop on ethics for groups:

Mölnlycke Health Care Group;

Astra Zeneca UV-absorbtion spectra group;    

Volvo group 2
IRLAB group
10(3)  15-19 January

Projects presentations for groups: to be specified

possible projects presentations in Zoom or Teams

16 Jan. 11:00 Essity, in Teams

19 January, 10:00,  Viscando 1A, in Teams

19th of January 13:00-14:00; Viscando 1B in Teams

10(4) 22-26 January

Projects presentations for groups: to be specified


22 Jan. 10:00 Teams  Tetra Pak

22 jan 11:00 Teams Viscando Track group

23 January kl 13:00-14:00, Zoom; Astra Zeneca UV group

24 Jan. , 10;00 in Borås and in Teams; Centiro group.

24 Jan. 13:30-15:00 two Saab groups via Zoom.

25th of Jan. 10:00 Mölnlycke group. in Teams

25th Jan; 13:15  Chalmers and Zoom Grow Code group. (to fix room and to sent invitation to Zoom)

25th Jan. 15:00 Teams: Astra Zeneca; Propagation of uncertainty group. 

26th Jan. 9:00 Volvo 2 group

26th Jan, 10:00:  Volvo group 1

both in Zoom, invitations  sent.

26th Jan, 13:00 in Teams,  IRLAB group, invitation not sent


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 20-30 min)
  • Report your project in a scientific report according to instructions.
  • Take part in the presentation and discussion at a 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 with input from each participant in the group clearly specified.


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