Colloquia

 

Upcoming events:


"According to Erdös, I’ve been dead for 4 years"

 Mark Daley, Dept. of Computer Science

2:30 pm, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
North Campus Building (NCB), Room 114
 
Abstract: What do graph theory, category theory, algebraic topology, and random matrix theory have in common? In my descent from prover-of-theorems to “working mathematician” (not in the perversely ironic sense of Mac Lane), I have desecrated all of these noble branches of mathematics in the pursuit of applied mathematical models.

 

During the 50 horrifying minutes of this talk, I will torture those souls brave enough to assemble with the twisted details of how my team and I turned some of the most beautiful abstractions created by the human mind into mundane tools for investigating the function and structure of the human nervous system in health and disease. I might even talk about musicological insights we’ve gained into late medieval Gregorian chant to demonstrate that not even the humanities are safe from our depravity. 

 

And because I’m a computer scientist and it is now de rigueur for computer scientists to publicly hold forth on AI, I will pepper my presentation with passive-aggressive references to work we’ve done that falls under the social branding exercise of what is considered ‘AI’ in 2019.

 


 

Past events:


2018-19

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, Anita T. Layton (Waterloo), "Modeling and Simulation for Drug Development"
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21, Kaisa Miettinen (U of Jyvaskyla, Finland), "Introduction Multiobjective Optimization: Some Interactive Methods"
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, Gunnar Carlsson (Ayasdi, Stanford University), "Topology for Artificial Intelligence"
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6, Jörn Diedrichsen (Western), "New mathematical tools for the study of brain representations and brain modularity"

2017-18