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Capture the story of Indian dance

Posted 18 September 2014 by Guest blogger

The dance is the mother of the arts. Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space. Curt Sachs Tanwi Mallick, HLF14 participant: I hail from India  – a country rich in cultural heritage. My research interests are computer vision and in more detail the automated analysis and interpretation of Indian classical dance. Until today only very little work has been done in computer analysis of dance by... Read more

6 out of 200: Programs for very cool stuff

Posted 18 September 2014 by Beatrice Lugger

Meet Amal Fahad in this Q&A series with 6 out of 200 mathematicians or computer scientists participating at the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 21-26, 2014. 24 Laureates (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize, Turing Award) will attend the forum together with them. For a full week Heidelberg in Germany will be the hot spot of mathematics and computer science.   Name? Amal Fahad Nationality? Iraq Where are you based? USA What is your current position? PhD Candidate. What is... Read more

6 out of 200: Mathematics – Freedom and Creativity

Posted 17 September 2014 by Beatrice Lugger

Meet Sira Gratz in this Q&A series with 6 out of 200 mathematicians or computer scientists participating at the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 21-26, 2014. 24 Laureates (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize, Turing Award) will attend the forum together with them. For a full week Heidelberg in Germany will be the hot spot of mathematics and computer science.   Name? Sira Gratz Nationality? Swiss/ German Where are you based? Hanover, Germany What is your current position? I am... Read more

Tropical Geometry is not about exotic rainforests

Posted 16 September 2014 by Guest blogger

Falko Gauss, HLF14 participant: As I am writing this text, I am actually supposed to prepare for the last two exams of my Master course. During my preparations it happened several times that I stumbled upon a name like Robert Tarjan. Robert Tarjan is a Nevanlinna Prize winner, a pioneer in graph theory algorithms and will attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2014. Situations like that made me aware of what a great opportunity I have got to participate in the... Read more

6 out of 200: Seeking for cross-disciplinarity

Posted 16 September 2014 by Beatrice Lugger

Meet David Beccera Romero in this Q&A series with 6 out of 200 mathematicians or computer scientists participating at the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 21-26, 2014. 24 Laureates (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize, Turing Award) will attend the forum together with them. For a full week Heidelberg in Germany will be the hot spot of mathematics and computer science.   Name? David Beccera Romero Nationality?  Colombia Where are you based? Montreal, QC, Canada What is your current position?  Ph.D... Read more

6 out of 200: Codewords for a better communication

Posted 15 September 2014 by Beatrice Lugger

Meet Relinde Jurrius in this Q&A series with 6 out of 200 mathematicians or computer scientists participating at the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 21-26, 2014. 24 Laureates (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize, Turing Award) will attend the forum together with them. For a full week Heidelberg in Germany will be the hot spot of mathematics and computer science.   Name? Relinde Jurrius Nationality? Dutch Where are you based? I have just moved to the postcard with mountains and... Read more

Retrospective Perspective – HLF14

Posted 26 August 2014 by Beatrice Lugger

This year, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum will be realized for the second time. Again 200 young researchers from mathematics and computer science will have the opportunity to interact with the luminaries in their fields. So far 24 Laureates are expected to join the Forum. They will give lectures and/or discuss actual research topics. Two of the Laureates have been awared the well known Fields Medal (Manjul Bhargava) and the Turing Award (Leslie Lamport) only recently in 2014! For sure, if... Read more

Farewell to Heidelberg, plus N-Dimensional Volumes

Posted 1 October 2013 by Dana Mackenzie

Two days ago the Heidelberg Laureate Forum came to an end, with a grand farewell dinner at Heidelberg Castle. Back in July, when I was invited to join the blog team for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, I didn't accept immediately. I was busy, and a week in Germany would definitely affect my writing schedule. For several days I sat on the fence, but what finally decided me was... the fact that we would have the closing dinner in a castle!... Read more

Research At the Interface Between Disciplines

Posted 1 October 2013 by Guest blogger

Amanda Randles, HLF13 participant: Throughout the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, there was a strong emphasis on the role interdisciplinary research may play in the future of computing.  It was the focus of lectures such as Stephen Smale’s chalk talk on protein folding  and Richard Karp’s inspiring presentation titled "The Computational Lens on the Sciences".  As I am just starting out in my career and looking to pursue research at the intersection of computational and biomedical research, I was excited to see... Read more

Dealing with the unexpected: William Kahan and the need for graceful exits

Posted 1 October 2013 by Markus Pössel

In a previous post, I took a trip down read-only memory lane with William Kahan. On the same trip, Kahan told me about his first commercial programming job. The software was meant to aid the operations of Trans-Canada Air Lines (now Air Canada) by helping it save on, wait for it: telegraph charges. To this end, it was to keep track of the seats available on various flights, the better to coordinate reservations (presumably cutting down on unnecessary inquiries by... Read more