Inaugural Lecture by Professor Thore Husfeldt
BARC Core Researcher Thore Husfeldt will give his professorial inaugural lecture "Algorithms, Explained" on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at ITU.
I fell in love with algorithms as aesthetically and intellectually enjoyable solutions to abstract and somewhat obscure problems many years ago. Today, these algorithms are in everybody’s pockets. Literally.
I will try to explain my view of the cognitive development that led us here, the development that transformed us from cave-dwellers to mobile phone users: The civilisation-spanning history of our discovery of universal descriptions for quantities, words, and music, culminating in the descriptions of processes. That is what algorithms are: universal descriptions of how to do things.
Narrowing the focus from 25,000 years to the last 50 or so, to the fledgling academic discipline of Computer Science, I will then describe the changing values in the analysis of algorithms, "from correctness and efficiency to privacy and fairness." Explainability plays a big role for me in these values, and I will briefly present my own research and teaching agendas through that lens, looking both backwards and forwards.
The event will be hosted at ITU from 3 - 4 pm, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 Copenhagen S, in auditorium 1. After the lecture, there will be a reception with "Sønderjysk Kaffebord".