Heilbronn Colloquium – Carlsson

Friday 13th MarchFriday 13th March 2020

13th March 2020

University of Bristol

We are delighted to welcome Gunnar Carlsson to the University of Bristol to deliver a Heilbronn Colloquium.

Gunnar Carlsson is an exceptionally distinguished algebraic topologist.  He has worked at UCSD (1978-1986), Princeton (1986-1991) and Stanford (1991-present).  Professor Carlsson has made a number of important contributions, including, for example, his proof of Segal’s Burnside Conjecture and his proof of Sullivan’s fixed point conjecture.  He is also renowned for his work in Topological Data Analysis and Machine Learning, including founding the predictive technology company Ayasdi.

Title: Topology for Machine Learning

Abstract: In recent years, methods of topology have been adapted to the study of large and complex data sets. Topology can provide many useful summaries that describe the shape of the data, or in other cases the shape of individual data points. There are numerous applications within health care, life sciences, finance, etc. In addition, topological methods are particularly suitable for producing “explainable” machine learning and artificial intelligence. I will survey the methods while presenting numerous examples.


The colloquium will take place in Lecture theatre 2.41, Fry Building at 16:00- 17:00 on Friday 13th March, followed by a wine reception in the Fry Common room. To help us plan catering, please complete this short registration form if you are planning to attend.

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