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Maximising Impact through Mathematics - and Having Fun Too!

The Royal Society of Victoria

Thursday, 24 August 2017 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm (AEST)

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Lecture Only
Our lectures are free, but our heritage theatre has limited capacity - please ensure you are seated by 12pm to secure your place.
23/08/2017 Free $0.00
Lecture + Lunch + Company: RSV Members
Join us for some lunch and a chat after the lecture at 1.15pm.
23/08/2017 $20.00 $0.00
Lecture + Lunch + Company: Non-Members
Join us for some lunch and a chat after the lecture at 1.15pm.
24/08/2017 $25.00 $0.00
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Lunchtime Lecture

Mathematics holds the key to unlock many of the greatest challenges of our time. From improving food security, to reducing traffic congestion, and discovering hidden connections in gene networks, mathematical techniques are enabling solutions that will lead advances in the 21st century. In this talk, we will explore the breadth of mathematics that gives rise to these applications. We’ll discuss why mathematicians often consider their work to be as much of an art as a science, admired for its beauty and elegance as well as its important applications. Finally, we will look in detail at how mathematics can be used to accurately guess how old someone is based on a photo of their face. No more lying about your age!

About the Speaker:

Kate Smith-Miles is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Monash University, and inaugural Director of the Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications (MAXIMA). She was Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash from 2009-2014. She is an Australian Laureate Fellow, a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts,  and is a member of the Federal Government’s Knowledge Nation 100 group. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the AMSI Choose Maths program, aiming to encourage more female participation in mathematics. Kate is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society, and Fellow of Engineers Australia. She was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 2010 and the EO Tuck Medal from ANZIAM in 2017.  Her research outputs include over 240 publications on topics including optimisation, machine learning, time series analysis, and mathematical modelling of diverse processes ranging from neuroscience to manufacturing. Other interests include playing the cello in a community orchestra, and listening to her two musically talented children practise.



  • Professor Kate Smith-Miles

    Professor Kate Smith-Miles

    Monash University

    Director, Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications (MAXIMA)


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The Royal Society of Victoria
8 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Thursday, 24 August 2017 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm (AEST)


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The Royal Society of Victoria

The Royal Society of Victoria has been a part of Melbourne’s intellectual life since 1854. Located in an historic building at 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, the Society provides a dynamic program of lectures, symposia and forums about science. Membership is open to anyone interested in science, its history and its promotion for the benefit of the community.

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