The 2016 Venn Lecture: Pools of Blood by Prof. Keith
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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
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 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
All are welcome.
Enquiries: Dr Tim Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Joscha