ICE-TCS Public talk by Gérard Berry, recipient of the CNRS Gold Medal 2014

The algorithmic revolution in the sciences

  • 20.8.2015, 17:00


  

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 17:00-18:00 Room, V101, Reykjavik University, Menntavegur 1


If you think that Computer Science is changing and will change your life simply by providing wonderful gadgets that you use daily to entertain yourself, to have a wealth of information at your fingertips, to relieve you from menial tasks and to improve your life, think again! Computer Science is indirectly influencing your future life by means of a new Copernican revolution that has changed the way science is carried out and is enabling new discoveries that will eventually lead to new drugs, new materials and new insights.

Gerard Berry's public talk will introduce the algorithmic revolution in the sciences and how it will change our lives in a way that will be accessible to a general public. 

About the speaker:

Gérard Berry (College de France) received the CNRS Gold Medal in 2014, which is highest scientific research honour in France. (There is only one such medal delivered per year across the whole of science, broadly construed). 

He is the father of Esterel, a language that has found considerable applications in avionics, robotics and other fields.  He was chief scientist at Esterel Technologies for about ten years before taking up a very prestigious chair at the College de France (the first permanent chair in computer science at that institution). He has been a long-term consultant for high-tech companies such as Cadence, Intel and Synopsys. 

So, apart from being a scientist of the highest calibre, he is also someone who has brought deep research into industrial practice. His latest project is the development of a language, called Hop or HipHop, for programming Web applications.