Celebrating Fresh Thinking
Professorial Lecture Series
Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Elena Moltchanova and Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2020.
Date: Thursday, 13 August, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location: E14 – Engineering Core
I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.
“Serial Killers, Epidemics and Control” – Presented by Professor Elena Moltchanova, School of Mathematics and Statistics.
How many patients can a doctor kill before someone notices? What about a statistician? (Hint: significantly more!) Could it have been stopped? When to declare an epidemic and what to do once it has been declared? When is it worth it to gamble? Is learning worth the wait? In this talk, I will discuss the underlying principles of the control chart theory which can help answer all these questions. I will also introduce a novel dynamic control chart and explain how, together with reinforcement learning, it can help us make better decisions in the future.
“Climate of Arid Environments: From central Iran to Dry Valleys of Antarctica” – Presented by Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza, School of Earth and Environment.
In this talk I will give an overview of our research on the very hot and the very cold places on Earth. Arid environments – mainly defined by a distinct lack of surface water – might seem bland or unforgiving in a meteorological sense, but they provide some of the most interesting ‘wild’ temperature fluctuations of the atmosphere near the ground. For example, in the Dry Valleys, air temperature can increase by 30 degrees in just a couple of hours in the middle of winter and the absence of the sun.
Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau