The 2016 Venn Lecture: Pools of Blood by Prof. Keith Ball

The annual Venn Lectures is a series of free public lecture in mathematics held at the University of Hull. These accessible lectures are aimed at anyone who is interested in mathematics and its applications. This year, we are pleased to present a fascinating talk on information theory by Prof. Keith Ball.

When: Thursday 10 March 2016, 6pm

Where: Lindsey Suite, Staff house

Title: Pools of Blood

Speaker: Prof. Keith Ball, FRS, FRSE (University of Warwick)

Abstract: How should we design testing protocols for blood samples? This is a typical example of a problem in mathematical information theory. The lecture will explain the basic ideas of information theory and answer the protocol problem.

Prof Keith Ball

Prof. Keith Ball is British mathematician working in functional analysis, high-dimensional and discrete geometry, and information theory. He is a professor at the University of Warwick and was Scientific Director of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) from 2010 to 2014.

Educated at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, he was awarded a B.A. in Mathematics in 1982 and a PhD in 1987 for research supervised by Béla Bollobás (‘Isometric problems in l_p and sections of convex sets’). In 1992 he was awarded the Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society. Since 2010, he has been honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh.

Prof. Ball was elected Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012 and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013 for his highly significant contributions to functional analysis and information theory. See his personal webpage for more information.

All are welcome.

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