Mathematics and computer science have evolved into a matter of utmost importance in our modern society. We are confronted with the product of mathematical and computational research in all situations and aspects of our daily lives. To ensure that this technical revolution continues to thrive, science in all of its facets has to be persistently promoted and encouraged. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum rises to this challenge by bringing together the most exceptional mathematicians and computer scientists of their generations. Each year, in the last complete week of September, the recipients of the most prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science, the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal, IMU Abacus Medal and Nevanlinna Prize, meet 200 selected young researchers from all over the world. Participants spend a week interacting and networking in a relaxed atmosphere designed to encourage scientific exchange.
On Sunday, September 18, the 9th HLF kicked off to an auspicious start. The Opening Ceremony was held in the New Auditorium of the New University building in Heidelberg, for a week with more than 400 attendees, among them about 200 young researchers and more than 25 laureates.
Laeticia Onyejegbu is a professor for computer science, artificial intelligence and machine learning at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and actively engages in projects promoting a responsible use of AI, especially on the African continent. In our interview, she talks about her efforts to prevent food scarcity resulting from climate change by utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI. Laeticia is attending the 9th HLF in September, 2022.
In this episode, Bita Darvish Rouhani talks about her work at the boundary between artificial intelligence, computer architecture and ethics as a principal research manager and tech lead at Microsoft Azure. In the interview, Bita tells us about her work on AI at a scale, how her background helped inspire her to combat inequality and how building sustainable AI ecosystems requires us to challenge the status quo in computing. Bita is attending the 9th HLF in September, 2022.