Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Elena Moltchanova in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2021.

Date:               Thursday, 11 November, from 4.30 – 5.30 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.

Presentation details:

“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.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau