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HLF Review 2016

Monday, September 19

Monday, September 19 Lectures on Monday The Scientific Program of the 4th HLF is Underway The primary attraction of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is, of course, the laureate lectures. On Monday, 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’s 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. Session Chairs: Jennifer Chayes, Volker Springel John E. Hopcroft Exciting Computer Science Research Directions Abstract: 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 Abstract: 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. Lindau Lecture To symbolize the close ties between the HLF and the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (LNLM), a guest laureate holds a lecture each year at the respective events. The resounding success of both the debut Lindau Lecture at the 3rd HLF and the first Heidelberg Lecture at the 2016 LNLM ignited anticipation for the guest lectures to come. At the 4th HLF, Brian Schmidt, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, led a packed auditorium on a cosmic tour in his State of the Universe address. Thus far, the resonance of bringing a different dynamic that lies outside the realms of mathematics and computer science has been an emphatically well-received. In 2017 in Lindau Joseph Sifakis will hold the Heidelberg Lecture on June 28. 66

Monday, September 19 Brian Schmidt State of the Universe Raúl Rojas Konrad Zuse‘s Early Computing Machines (1935–1945) Abstract: 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. Abstract: 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. presents EXHIBITION Konrad Zuse’s Early Computing Machines (1935-1945) September 17 to 22, 2016 every day 8:30 to 19:00, Old University Heidelberg free entry 67