The Department of Applied Mathematics at Illinois Institute of Technology will host Persi Diaconis, Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University, as the 2017 Karl Menger Lecturer. He will speak on "The Search for Randomness" on April 24 at 6:00 p.m., Auditorium, Robert A. Pritzker Center. The event is part of the tenth annual Karl Menger Lecture and Awards, April 24-25, Illinois Institute of Technology Mies (Main) Campus.
Made possible with the generous support of the Menger family; Department of Applied Mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology; and the Menger Fund.
Schedule of Events for Monday, April 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - Poster Session, North Hall, Robert A. Pritzker Science Center
Viewing of student research posters. Light refreshments will be served.
6:00 p.m. - Lecture, Auditorium, Robert A. Pritzker Science Center
"The Search for Randomness" delivered by Persi Diaconis, Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University.
7:00 p.m. - Awards Presentation, Auditorium, Robert A. Pritzker Science Center
Presentation of IIT Karl Menger Student Awards for exceptional scholarship by a student and the Applied Mathematics poster competition winners.
7:15 p.m. - Reception, Lobby, Robert A. Pritzker Science Center
Schedule of Events for Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Diaconis will meet with students and faculty.
10:10 a.m. - Research Seminar, Siegel Hall Auditorium, Room 118
"Adding Numbers and Shuffling Cards" delivered by Diaconis
When numbers are added in the usual way, "carries" occur. These carries form a Markov chain with an "amazing" transition matrix. Strangely, this same matrix occurs in analyzing the usual method of shuffling cards and in the mathematical analysis of fractals. Diaconis will explain all of this in "mathematical English" for a non-scientist audience.
12:30 p.m. - Discussion, Siegel Hall Auditorium, Room 118
"How to Be a Successful Applied Mathematician" with Diaconis