CHAIRED BY: Piero Scaruffi
Margot Gerritsen (Stanford) on:
"How Computational Mathematics runs the modern world"
This could be considered the century of computational mathematics. One
consistently encounters it in the most diverse fields, from epidemiology to
neuroscience, e-commerce and physics, even internet art, and of course
artificial intelligence, as well as in current affairs like domestic politics
(Russian interference in US elections) and foreign politics (China's use of big
data to control domestic public opinion). We will discuss the role of
computational math in our developed (?) societies, the math that lies behind the
engineering and social phenomena of our time; what are the power and the danger
of computational math; the strengths and the weaknesses of a civilization that
is increasingly based on it. Since it is everywhere, and we are increasingly
surrounded and dependent on it, it is important to understand what it is and how
it is evolving.
Margot Gerritsen is Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Senior Fellow of
the Precourt Institute for Energy, and former Director of the Institute for
Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford. For a number of years
she was the Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the School of
Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. She is also the co-founder of the
global Women in Data Science www.widsconference.org and the host of the WiDS
podcasts. Her primary interest is computational mathematics, including search
algorithm design and matrix computations, computer simulation and mathematical
analysis of engineering and natural processes, and including applications to
sustainability, and renewable and fossil energy production. She is also active
in coastal ocean dynamics and yacht design.
In conversation with Piero Scaruffi
Thursday, 24 September 2020, 6:00 p.m. PDT/UTC-7
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