Monday Extract – The Scientific Program of the 4th HLF is Underway

The Scientific Program of the 4th HLF

© Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation / Kreutzer – 2016

Monday Extract – The Scientific Program of the 4th HLF is Underway

The primary attraction of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is, of course, the laureate lectures. Monday, September 19, 2016, the Scientific Program of the 4th HLF kicked off with a fantastic lineup of lectures. In addition to ACM A.M Turing Laureate John Hopcroft and Fields Medal and Abel Prize Laureate Sir Michael Atiyah’s lectures, participants were also able to attend the Lindau Lecture given by Nobel Laureate in Physics, Brian Schmidt. The lectures were concluded by Professor of Computer Science, Raúl Rojas, of the Freie Universität in Berlin. After the lectures, the Scientific Program continued with the postdoc Workshops of the 4th HLF. Below are brief abstracts of the lectures, which are also available to stream online here:

John E. Hopcroft
“Exciting Computer Science Research Directions”
We have entered the information age and this has changed the nature of computer science and created many exciting research problems. Two of these are extracting information from large data sources and learning theory. This talk will focus on two problems: first, how to find hidden structure in social networks and second some subareas of research in deep learning.

Sir Michael Atiyah
“The Soluble and the Insoluble”
What do we mean by a solution to a problem? This is both a philosophical question, and a practical one, which depends on what one is trying to achieve and the means, time and money available. The explosion in computer technology keeps changing the goal posts. I will reflect on these issues, primarily from the viewpoint of an elderly mathematician.

Brian Schmidt
“State of the Universe”
Our Universe was created in ‘The Big Bang’ and has been expanding ever since. I will describe the vital statistics of the Universe, including its size, weight, shape, age, and composition. I will also try to make sense of the Universe’s past, present, and future – and describe what we know and what we do not yet know about the Cosmos.

Raúl Rojas
“Konrad Zuse‘s Early Computing Machines (1935-1945)”
The exhibition “Konrad Zuse‘s Early Computing Machines (1935-1945)” about the machines built by the German inventor Konrad Zuse tells a story. It covers the years 1935 to 1945, which was the most creative phase of his life. Raúl Rojas gives an overview of the life and work of Konrad Zuse.

Following the conclusion of the workshops, participants were able to join the ‘Heidelberg City Tour’ which took in some of the sights before ending at the Heidelberg Convention Center for the ‘Welcome Dinner’. To set a scientific tone for the dinner, Reinhold Ewald of the European Space Agency (ESA) was the evening’s keynote speaker.

Photos from Monday are available on HLF’s flickr account.