At Las Positas College on Nov. 29: How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science are dominating your life

The Math Club and the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society at Las Positas College proudly present

A Child’s Garden of Graphs

How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science are dominating your life

Wednesday, November 29th 6:00pm – 7:30pm Building 2400, Room 2420

Please join us for a reception immediately preceding the talk in the 2420 Lobby

Van Emden Henson, PhD Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Abstract: How does Google decide the order to list search results? How does Amazon know how people who bought thingamajigs also order gizmos? How do MapQuest or Google Maps figure out the best route to go somewhere? How do Facebook, Instagram, and Linked-In figure out people you might want to “friend”? In this talk, Dr. Henson will describe how these questions might be answered using branches of mathematics such as graph theory and linear algebra. He will also mention the computations necessary to pull it off in a way accessible to a general audience.

About the speaker: Van Emden Henson is a mathematician/computer scientist with the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. For the past seven years he has concentrated on data science and network analysis, mostly using the tools of graph theory, linear algebra, and advanced computing. His recent efforts have been applied to problems in cyber defense, computer networks, communication networks, and malware detection and analysis.

Free and open to the public.

Las Positas College
3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore, CA 94551-7650

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