June 24, 2024
Thematic Program on Discrete Geometry and Applications 2011

Coxeter Lecture Series
City University of Hong Kong

November 7 at 3:30 p.m.
From Vision to Vaccines: The Unifying Power of Mathematics

November 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Hodge Theory Extended

November 11 at 3:30 p.m.
The Peptide Binding Problem


Recent developments in the areas of learning theory and the geometry of data will be discussed. One will see how these subjects contribute towards a mathematical foundations of immunology.

Professor Smale spent the main part of his career at the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966. He retired from UC Berkeley in 1995, moving to a professorship at the City University of Hong Kong. In 2007 he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Mathematics. He is one of only twelve Fields Medalists to win both prizes. Since 2009 he has been a University Distinguished Professor at the City University of Hong Kong.

In 1998 Professor Smale compiled a list of 18 problems in mathematics to be solved in the 21st century, known as Smale's problems. The list was created in the spirit of Hilbert's famous list of problems produced in 1900. In fact, Smale's list contains some of the original Hilbert problems, including the Riemann hypothesis and the second half of Hilbert's sixteenth problem, both of which are still unsolved. Other famous problems on his list include the Poincaré conjecture, which has recently been solved by Grigori Perelman, the P = NP problem, and the Navier-Stokes equations, all of which have been designated Millennium Prize Problems by the Clay Mathematics Institute.

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