Oppenheim Lecture 2016


The Oppenheim Lectures is a distinguished lecture series jointly organised by the Department of Mathematics, and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS) at NUS.  It was started in 2015, in honour of Sir Alexander Oppenheim, who held the position of Professor and first Head of the Department from 1931, at the time of Raffles College, until 1959.


For the second Oppenheim Lecture 2016, the speaker was Prof Emmanuel Jean CANDÈS, a professor of mathematics, statistics, and electrical engineering (by courtesy) at Stanford University, where he is also the Barnum-Simons Chair in Mathematics and Statistics.


Prof Candès delivered two lectures – the Oppenheim lecture on 16 March on “Around the Reproducibility of Scientific Research in the Big Data Era: What Statistics Can Offer”, and a second lecture on 17 March which touched on topics in “Modern Optimisation Meets Physics: Recent Progress on the Phase Retrieval Problem”.  Prof HO Teck Hua, Deputy President (Research & Technology) of NUS attended the lecture and presented Prof Candèsa token of appreciation.


Through this lecture series, the Department of Mathematics and IMS hope to increase the general public’s interest and awareness of mathematics and its diverse applications.  


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Prof Emmanuel Jean Candès sharing with the audience about big data


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Fielding questions from the audience 


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Prof Ho Teck Hua, Deputy President (Research & Technology) presented Prof Candès a token of appreciation