The FRISCO project (see ``The SAC Newsletter", number 1, pages 11-12) started on March 1, 1996 and in its Project Programme is found the task entitled ``The Needs of Industry". The purpose of this task is to study the relationships between the current state of the art on polynomial system solving and industrial needs in this area. The goal of this study is to collect the industrial requirements for polynomial system solving by means of the identification of key problems and necessary algorithms and implementations required for their solution.
The main purpose of this report is, therefore, to describe our perception of the particular needs of European Industry, which is determining the choice of which algorithms are being currently included inside the FRISCO framework.
This report is divided into four parts. In the first one, the procedure used to approach European companies/industries/researchers is described. In the second and third parts, our perception of how users from industries regard and manage polynomial system solving is shown in an unified way according to the answers of the companies/industries/researchers contacted. The last part is devoted to draft several conclusions and how the gathered information is being used from the FRISCO project.
An URL address concerning the ``Needs of Industry" activities of the
FRISCO project in under construction and will be shortly available at