THE 19th SEFI MATHEMATICS WORKING GROUP SEMINAR

Coimbra Institute of Engineering

European Society for Engineering Education

  • 26 to 29 June 2018

  • Coimbra - Portugal

The SEFI

The SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education) Mathematics Working Group (MWG) was established in 1982. The aims of the Working Group include providing a forum for the exchange of views and ideas amongst those interested in engineering mathematics, and promoting a fuller understanding of the role of ma­the­matics in the engineering curriculum, and its relevance to industrial needs. The Working Group issued the third edition of its curriculum document (“A Framework for Mathematics Curricula in Engineering Education”) in September 2013.

 

This edition is based on the concept of mathematical competence which puts emphasis on the ability to make use of mathematics in relevant situations and contexts.


In summer 2018, the 19th SEFI MWG seminar will be organised by Coimbra Institute of Engineering, Coimbra, Portugal. This includes in particular the following issues:

  • Putting the concept of mathematical competencies into practice;
  • Issues with, and good practice in, motivating students;
  • Assessing mathematical competencies and understanding.

Other contributions related to the mathematical education of engineers are also welcome.

Note: Abstract submission deadline has been extended to January 31.



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Keynote speakers will include:
  • Edwige Godlewski, UPMC Paris, France
  • Jaime Carvalho e Silva, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Morten Brekke, Agder University, Norway
  • Special talk – Carlota Simões

Registration



Registration fees

Early Registration Fee (by May 1) - 275 euros.
Late Registration Fee (by June 1) - 325 euros.

Lunch, coffee breaks, material (tourist information, conference abstracts), conference dinner and social events are included for SEFI MWG Seminar participants.
Accompanying persons are welcome to participate in the social events and join the conference dinner (110 euros).

Each paper requires at least one registration to be included in the conference program and in the conference proceedings.
Authors MUST register until May 1.

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Programme

Keynote speakers

Edwige Godlewski
Professor (applied mathematics) at Pierre and Marie Curie – Sorbonne University (Paris, France)



Title:
Mathematics for engineers and engineering mathematics, evolution in the French education system
Jaime Carvalho e Silva
Associate Professor (Mathematics) at the University of Coimbra, Portugal



Title:
Teaching and assessing mathematical competencies and understanding
Morten Brekke
Assistant Professor (Mathematics and Physics) at Faculty of Engineering and Science, Agder University, Norway



Title:
Teaching mathematics for engineers as the NORWEGIAN national framework says – is it possible?
Carlota Simões
Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra



Title:
Teaching Tiles

Call for papers

Themes and topics

The main topics of the seminar will be the following ones:

  • Putting the concept of mathematical competencies into practice;
  • Issues with, and good practice in, motivating students;
  • Assessing mathematical competencies and understanding.
Other contributions related to the mathematical education of engineers are also welcome.



Abstract submission deadline – January 15, 2018   January 31, 2018

Acceptance papers and notification to the authors - March, 2018

Paper submission deadline (to Conference Proceedings) - May 1, 2018

Early registration deadline - May 1, 2018

Late registration deadline - June 1, 2018

Conference dates - June 26-29, 2018

Committees

Programme Committee
Burkhard Alpers
HTW Aalen, Germany
burkhard.alpers@htw-aalen.de

Marie Demlova
Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
demlova@math.feld.cvut.cz

Tommy Gustafsson
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
tommy.gustafsson@chalmers.se

Duncan Lawson
Newman University, UK
d.lawson@staff.newman.ac.uk

Brita Olsson-Lehtonnen
Finland
brita.olsson@gmail.com



Carol Robinson
Loughborough University, UK
C.L.Robinson@lboro.ac.uk

Paul Robinson
IT Tallaght, Ireland
Paul.Robinson@ittdublin.ie

Daniela Velichova
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
daniela.velichova@stuba.sk

Cristina Caridade
Coimbra Institute of Engineering, Portugal
caridade@isec.pt

Deolinda Rasteiro
Coimbra Institute of Engineering, Portugal
dml@isec.pt
Local Organisation Committee
Cristina Caridade
Deolinda Rasteiro
Maria do Céu Faulhaber
Maria do Céu Marques


Physic and Mathematics Department
Coimbra Institute of Engineering
Coimbra, Portugal

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Travelling to Coimbra
Coimbra is easily accessible by highway or railway. It is located between Oporto (OPO) and Lisbon (LIS) airports, and linked to main Portuguese cities by train or express buses.
By Air:

Portugal makes part of the network of the major international airlines, so it is easy to find frequent and regular connections from all parts of the world. The airports nearer to Coimbra are located in Lisboa (190 km away) and in Porto (120 km away).


Arrival Points:
  • Lisboa – Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport
  • Porto – Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Airlines and Destinations:

ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal (Airports of Portugal) is the Portuguese airport authority and provides departure and arrival information on http://www.ana.pt.


From Lisboa (Humberto Delgado) International Airport:
By train:

you will need to take the Metro (Underground) or to catch a taxi to Lisboa-Oriente railway station; the journey should take approximately 10 minutes and cost around 8 Euros. Trains to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately 2 hours. The price of one ticket in the Intercity train should cost around €24.30/€19.20 (Price 1st/2nd class) and for Alfa Pendular train should cost around €32.80/€22.80 (Price 1st/2nd class). For more information, please check Portuguese train company website: https://www.cp.pt/.


By express bus:

you will need to catch a taxi to “Sete Rios” Bus Station; the journey should take approximately 10 minutes and cost around 10 Euros. Express buses to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately 2 hours and a half. The price of ticket should cost around €15. Please, check the website of the express buses network to check the timetable and prices (http://www.rede-expressos.pt/).


By car:

when leaving the airport you should take the A1 motorway to Coimbra and exit in “Coimbra Sul”. You should expect the journey to take 2 hours.


From Porto (Francisco Sá Carneiro) International Airport:

By train:

from Porto airport you will need to travel to “Gare da Campanhã” (the main train station in Porto). It is recommended that you travel to this station by taxi or Metro. You will find taxis readily available at the front of the airport and the underground station as well. You should expect the journey to take approximately 30 minutes by taxi and about one hour by Metro. For more information, please check Portuguese train company website: https://www.cp.pt/.

Several trains run from Porto to Coimbra daily. You should expect the journey to take 1 hour and 10 minutes. The price of one ticket in the Intercity train should cost around €17.20/€13.20 (Price 1st/2nd class) and for Alfa Pendular train should cost around €21.70/€16.70 (Price 1st/2nd class).


By express bus:

you will need to travel by metro (line E) until the “Bolhão” Stop (25 minutes). From there, you can catch a taxi or walk to the Bus Station “Garagem Atlântico”, Street: “Rua Alexandre Herculano” (8 minutes). Express buses to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately 1 hour and a half. The price of ticket should cost around 13 euros.

Please, check the website of the express buses network to check the timetable and prices (http://www.rede-expressos.pt/).


By car:

when leaving the airport you should take the A1 motorway to Coimbra and exit at “Coimbra Norte”. You should expect the journey to take 1h 15m.

Accommodation

For contact information, transport to hotel and more see the hotel website.
Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas 4*

Rua António Augusto Gonçalves, Coimbra
reservas@quintadaslagrimas.pt
+351 239 802 380


Transportation from hotel to conference


Hotel Astória 3*

Av. Emídio Navarro 21, Coimbra
+800-8585-1234



Transportation from hotel to conference


D. Luis Hotel 3*

Rotunda da Ponte Rainha Santa, Coimbra
reservas@hoteldluis.pt
+351 239 802 120



Transportation from hotel to conference


Hotel Ibis 2*

Avenida Emídio Navarro 70,
Edificio Topazio, Coimbra.
+351 239 852130



Transportation from hotel to conference

General Information

General Information

Location
SEFI 2018 will be held in the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (ISEC)/Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra (IPC), Rua Pedro Nunes, Quinta da Nora, Coimbra, Portugal.

Conference dates - June 26-29, 2018. The conference programme will be available on the conference website at: : https://www.isec.pt/eventos/SEFIMWG2017/, prior to the start of the conference.

Language
English will be the conference language.

Local Time
UTC/GMT + 1 hour: (Western Europe Daylight at Summer Time)
The Local Time is according to the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC)/Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Climate
In general, the climate tends to be temperate all year, with long hot summers, mild springs and autumns, and relatively mild winters, although temperatures and weather conditions are marked by strong local differences. When you travel to Portugal visit the IPMA – Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera/Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute website (http://www.ipma.pt/en/index.html) to prepare yourself to the trip.

Currency
Euro (€) is the currency used in Portugal, as in the most European countries. Banks offer normal currency exchange services and most establishments accept credit and debit cards.

ATMs - Automatic Teller Machines (Multibanco): Portugal has a national network of cash machines (ATMs) identified by the symbol MB (Multibanco), from which you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day.
Currency Exchange: you can exchange money at banks, which are open from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. five working days a week; at bureau de change; and at automatic currency exchange machines (these are for currency sale transactions only).
Credit cards: in Portugal, the most commonly used credit cards are Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Europay/MasterCard, JCB and Maestro.
Tipping: tipping is optional, since the service is included in the bill. Adding 10% to the amount is regular practice in taxis, restaurants and bars.

Sales Tax
Sales Tax, VAT (Value Added Tax), is included in prices quoted. Visitors to Portugal who are not resident in any of the European Union member states can be reimbursed for the VAT paid on purchases that they have made in Portugal and are being transported in their personal luggage. For non European Union residents, tax free shopping schemes are available in many shops, which give substantial savings to visitors.

Health
If you require medical assistance contact the local Health Centre. Hospital emergency services should be used only in serious situations (serious injury, poisoning, burns, infarction, thromboses, breathing difficulties, …).
In case of illness or accident while visiting Portugal, Nationals from the 27 European Union countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland are entitled to free or reduced-cost healthcare (the same benefits as Portuguese citizens). In order to have access to health services, citizens from the above-mentioned countries, who are not resident in Portugal, must produce their European Health Insurance Cards (issued by the origin country) together with passports or identity cards.
Health Requirements: people from areas where yellow fever is endemic will need to present the vaccination certificates.
Pharmacy: pharmacies are open on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (some close for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m.) and on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. In every area you can find one that is open 24 hours. The symbol for pharmacy is a white cross on green background. They display an illuminated green cross outside when open at night. All pharmacies have information posted on the door indicating the nearest pharmacies that are open at night.
Emergency Number: in case of emergency call 112.

Local Opening Hours
Banks: banks are open from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. five working days a week.
Post Offices: in general, post offices are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central and airport offices have extended opening hours and may be open on Saturdays and in some cases also on Sundays. Stamps are sold in post offices and vending-machines in the streets. More detailed information about opening hours and services available at each office can be found on www.ctt.pt
Shops: Traditionally, shops are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some close for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m. On Saturdays, shops generally close at 1 p.m.
Shopping centers: there are plenty of shopping centers inside and outside the cities that are usually open from 10 a.m. to midnight every day of the week. They generally have stores with the main international brands.
Traditional shops: Portuguese products can be found particularly in the streets of the older neighborhoods of towns and cities.

Smoking
The Portuguese law, in accordance with Regulations of European Union, does not allow smoking in any public transportation or in any closed public areas (some restaurants and bars may have a designated smoking area).

Electricity
The electric current in Portugal is 230/400 volts at a frequency of 50 Hz and sockets comply with European standards (with two pins).

Additional Information
For more information please visit:
https://www.visitportugal.com/en
http://www.visitcentro.com/

Contact

For any type of general or administrative enquiries please contact sefimwg@isec.pt

For questions directed specifically to the program chairs please contact Daniela Velichova, daniela.velichova@stuba.sk

Local Organization

Cristina Caridade
Deolinda Rasteiro
Maria do Céu Faulhaber
Maria do Céu Marques


Email: sefimwg@isec.pt
Tel: +351 963531884