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Mathematics/Computer Science: The Mathematics Behind AI With Dr Laure Daviaud From University of East Anglia

March 13 @ 15:35 - 16:20

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Who is the best chess player in the world? An artificial intelligence.

And the best go player? An artificial intelligence.

And who can answer (almost) all the questions you ask? ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence…

Artificial intelligence is outperforming classical programs and human beings in many tasks, doing them faster and more accurately. How? By combining the power of mathematics and mathematical representations and the speed and computational power of current technology.

In this interactive talk, Dr Laure Daviaud, Associate Professor in Computing Sciences in the School of Computing Sciences at UEA, will outline some general ideas on how the power of mathematics allows artificial intelligence to learn and outperform (most of the time) existing technology.

This trip will take us from linear algebra to probabilities, via optimisation and calculus and show how artificial intelligence creates a mathematical representation of the world that we cannot even comprehend.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Laure Daviaud


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.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Maths, Computer Science and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and can also think about questions they have about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom 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:


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March 13
15:35 - 16:20
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