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Mathematics in the Real World
(and the Fake World)
Event Overview

Movies are made based on numerical simulations. Criminals are caught based on evidence from image processing. With the advent of the computer we can now develop algorithms that perform incredible tasks -- special effects in Hollywood, catching bad guys on video, predicting all kinds of natural and unnatural phenomena. Common themes in these algorithms include elementary geometry and how humans process visual information.

In this public awareness talk, recording on 11 August 2007 at Singapore's NTU School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, the speaker presents some of the striking applications of modern image processing and discusses image processing algorithms and their application to every day life. This talk highlights exciting applications of mathematics, especially in animation, computer graphics, biotechnology, medical diagnostics, criminology and defense.
About the Speaker

Dr. Stanley Osher is one of the pioneers of image processing based on partial differential equations. He is a co-inventor of the level set method, a numerical algorithm that is widely used in modern image processing.

His work has been written up numerous times in international media. He serves as an editor for many top international journals. His papers have been highly cited. He has won many distinguished international awards. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is also Director of Special Projects at Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), ULCA.

  • Recorded Programme

    Opening Remarks by Tai Xue-Cheng, a faculty member of the Division of Mathematical Sciences, followed by Professor Stanley Osher.
    Duration: 55 minutes.

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NTU School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences aims to impart the habit and mode of thinking in science and mathematics using the most effective pedagogical methods.