Outnumbered: Exploring the algorithms that control our lives

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 17 May

The Theatre

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Price

Standard £16

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Concession £10

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Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Join mathematician David Sumpter on an algorithm-strewn journey to the dark side of mathematics. He will investigate the equations that analyse us, influence us and will (maybe) become like us. 

About the speaker

David Sumpter is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Originally from London, but growing up in Scotland, he completed his doctorate in Mathematics at Manchester, and held a Royal Society Fellowship at Oxford before heading to Sweden. His scientific research covers everything from the inner workings of fish schools and ant colonies, the analysis the passing networks of football teams, segregation in society to machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has written for, amongst others, The Economist, The Telegraph, Current Biology, Nordic Bet Blog, The Conversation, Mathematics Today and FourFourTwo magazine. He was awarded the IMA’s Catherine Richards prize for communicating mathematics to a wider audience.

Timing

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of David's book, Outnumbered: Exploring the Algorithms That Control Our Lives, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

Filming

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