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Mathematics/Actuarial Science: From Driverless Cars To Risk Free Journeys With Dr Robert Whittaker & Esther Glover From University of East Anglia

2nd December 2020 @ 11:00 - 12:00



Self-driving cars need to provide an experience that is both safe and comfortable for their passengers and, in this interactive webinar, we will look at how mathematicians can contribute to the development of existing and emerging industries.

Dr Robert Whittaker from the School of Mathematics will begin this by examining how mathematics can help ensure a smoother ride when a self-driving car needs to come to a halt.

Esther Glover, from the School of Computing Sciences, will then introduce you to Actuarial Science where we can use mathematics to understand the risks involved in many activities including getting into a driverless car. The impacts of this are significant in insurance. Anywhere there is risk and uncertainty you will find the application of actuarial maths, even when choosing which mobile phone contract is the best.

Esther will illustrate some of the key skills of an Actuary.

Elon Musk CEO of Tesla recently said when talking about their plans to build an insurer;

“I would love to have some high energy actuaries, especially. I have great respect for the actuarial profession. You guys are great at math. Please join Tesla, especially if you want to change things and you’re annoyed by how slow the industry is. This is the place to be. We want revolutionary actuaries”.



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.



Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Robert Whittaker & Esther Glover

Suitable for: Year 12/13 students studying Maths and interested in real world applications as well as finding out about exciting study and professional options at university and beyond. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too, particularly where you are joining as a group along with your students.

Preparation or Pre-Reading: No pre-reading or preparation are required.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:




2nd December 2020
11:00 - 12:00
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