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Title: Theory as a Lens to the Sciences: Evolution
Dr. Nisheeth Vishnoi, Microsoft Research India, Bangalore
Date & Time: October 1, 2012 11:30
Venue: SIC201, 02nd Floor, C Block, Dept. of Computer Science & Engg., Kanwal Rekhi Building
Abstract:
Theoretical computer science has largely evolved in an attempt to rigorously understand what computational models can and cannot do. However, as it stands today with its models, tools and techniques, it presents itself as a powerful lens to view the sciences. Several fundamental problems in biology, physics, economics and social sciences are inherently computational and can be, and are being, tackled by theoreticians. Thus, theory assumes a unique and exciting position with a potential to deeply impact this world we live in. In this talk I will illustrate this emerging viewpoint via a problem in evolution which has applications to understanding the origins of life on Earth and designing drugs to counter viruses. In the process, I will point out some important mathematical and computational problems that involve topics such as Boolean functions, threshold phenomena, and random walks and, should be of general interest. Please note: This talk will be accessible to researchers outside of TCS but interested in the problem of evolution and undergrads with basic knowledge of linear algebra and probability.
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Details about the speaker is available at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/nvishno/Site/Home.html.
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