The objective of the DAPS Trophy is to connect industries with faculty, postdocs and students who have expertise in industrial case-studies. This interaction is fostered in the specific context of a problem-solving session over three days. The case-studies in question have a significant IT, mathematical or statistical content.
The interaction between industry and academia has many potential benefits for both. Academics learn about interesting potential research problems and find application for their existing tools. Industries get access to some of the most experienced computer scientists and mathematical problem-solvers in the country.
The DAPS Trophy will be held over four days. Participants will include between 36-50 academic experts and experts from industry. On the first day, the industrial sponsors will present their problem statements. The academic experts will divide into teams with each team assigned to a problem. The teams spend the next few days collaborating on solutions to their problem, and present their solution strategies on the final day of the workshop.
At the end of the week, the academic experts make a presentation consisting of the problem restatement and their solution strategy. The team with the most creative and outside the box idea wins the coveted DAPS Trophy. Each team prepares a detailed report for the industry problem sponsor, including a breakdown of what is required to solve their problem, i.e. time line, equipment and expertise required, cost and funding from government opportunities available.
Should any company wish to go ahead with a Western University research partnership to solve their problem the Faculty of Science will be able to provide assistance.