Where the Who’s Who of Algorithms and Logic Present Their Ideas

Beginning on Monday, the world’s leading computer scientists and mathematicians will speak in Heidelberg

And if we’re talking about a conference for mathematicians and computer scientists, we certainly have to present some numbers: From Sunday, September 21, 2014, the leading minds of these two disciplines will meet for the second time in Heidelberg. Twenty-four award-winning researchers (laureates) will come together with 200 young researchers from nearly 60 different countries for five days of interaction. Seventeen of these laureates will give talks. Sounds tiring? No, absolutely not. The scientific program of the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) offers exciting and cutting-edge topics . At the same time, the participants of the 2nd HLF are given the opportunity to meet some of the most important protagonists currently working in mathematics and computer science.

The British mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah will open the HLF’s lecture series on Monday, September 22, with a talk on the “Beauty of Mathematics”. Shigefumi Mori, a top mathematician from Japan and beginning in 2015 President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), will build on this topic with a talk on “Algebraic Geometry versus Impressionist Paintings” on Thursday, September 25. The fluid connection between mathematics, computer science and art was presented by the Forum’s organizers, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF), as it held an interactive exhibit entitled IMAGINARY at the beginning of August open to the general public, and it will once again set up this exhibit in the New University building for the many guests to the Forum.

The distinguished experts in computer science who will attend the 2nd HLF also focus their attention on interdisciplinary questions. Vinton Cerf, President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) until July of this year, will talk on Tuesday, September 23, about how digital information can be conserved, and John Hopcroft, also a leading computer scientist, will discuss on Friday, September 26, which roles computer science plays in the information age. Before this, the award-winning software developer Joseph Sifakis will ask whether computer science really is a science at all (Tuesday, September 23).

On Tuesday afternoon, the participants at the HLF will focus on a completely different discussion. They will reflect on whether mathematics and computer science perhaps possess a particular potential to promote developing processes in poorer regions of the world: If so, in which cases could they help? And if so, how can the state-of-the-art research of computer science and mathematics in the West gain a foothold in these regions?

Detailed information and the schedule for the scientific program can be found on the website of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum: http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/event_2014/. Members of the media and journalists are particularly invited to attend the 2nd HLF; please register in advance.

Background
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) every year. The HLF is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world and will take place for the second time from September 21 to 26, 2014. The HLF was initiated by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation in cooperation with KTS and HITS as well as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA).

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