Random Stuff - an ACEMS Public Lecture at UQ


Tuesday, 14 May, 6-7 pm


The University of Queensland, Prentice Building (building 42), Room 216

Randomness is all around us, from the movement of the stock markets to the atoms that form us. It can be both a source of surprise (I have just won the lottery) or of great frustration (I'm stuck in traffic again!).

To better understand randomness it is useful to perform random experiments on a computer. Such "Monte Carlo simulations" are nowadays important ingredients in many scientific investigations.

Have you ever wondered how random numbers and experiments can be produced by a very non-random device such as a computer?  Are you sometimes bemused by "financial experts" explaining fluctuations in share prices? Would you like to know how we can use randomness to better search for a needle in a hay stack?

If so, we invite you to attend Prof Dirk Kroese's Public Lecture on Tuesday 14 May from 6-7 pm at the University of Queensland.  The venue is the Prentice building (building 42), room 216.  Snacks will be provided 1/2 hour before the presentation. There will be ample time for questions after the lecture. Please register your interest via the Eventbrite link below.

This talk is targeted at a general audience, including high school students. No mathematical knowledge is required, but bring your "thinking cap".


Dirk Kroese is a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the School of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Queensland.  He is the co-author of several influential books on Monte Carlo simulation, including the Handbook of Monte Carlo methods, Simulation and the Monte Carlo Method, and the Cross-Entropy Method.  He is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).

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