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New perspectives on distributed computing systems

A workshop in Honor of Barbara Liskov was held on April 6, 2016, titled “New Perspectives on Distributed Computing Systems”.

The workshop highlighted recent advances in the field of Distributed Computing Systems, via presentations by Prof. Barbara Liskov, a computer science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a number of leading young researchers in the field of distributed computing who joined the Israeli academia in recent years.

During the workshop, Prof. Liskov – one of the pioneers of computer science and a Turing Prize winner (2008) – also received the Weizmann Women & Science Award for her outstanding work as a role model for young female computer scientists.

Hidden irregularity versus hidden symmetry

The annual Chaim Leib Pekeris Memorial Lecture was held this year on January 29, 2017.
Prof. Laszlo Babai of the University of Chicago talked about Hidden irregularity versus hidden symmetry.

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Randomness, complexity and cryptography

This workshop, held on April 19-20, 2017, was a tribute to the prolific and highly influential academic career of Professor Oded Goldreich, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Oded made key contributions to a number of foundational topics within computer science, predominantly cryptography, pseudorandomness, computational complexity, sublinear algorithms, property testing, and many other areas involving the interplay between computational complexity and randomness.

The workshop consisted of technical sessions and, on both days, evening social events. The technical sessions consisted of tutorials and survey talks, as well as reports on new research.

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Math olympics

The Joseph Gillis National Math Olympiad took place in March,2017, with the participation of 200 high school students from across Israel. The competition, held annually at the Weizmann Institute of Science, was initiated by the late Prof. Joseph Gillis, an Israeli mathematician who was one of the founders of the Faculty of Mathematics.

First place winners are awarded a full scholarship from participating Israeli universities that covers their first year of studies, and the second and third-place winners receive a partial scholarship.

 

 

The 2017 Lee A. Segel prize for mathematical biology

The Lee Segel Prize was established to honor the contribution of Lee Segel to the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology and the field of mathematical biology in general.
Since 2008, the prize has been awarded every two years in two main categories: best paper and best student paper.
Other prizes may be awarded in additional categories, as determined by the prize committee and the Society for Mathematical Biology.

 

Solving the Hilbert's 16th

Like most theoretical mathematicians, Dr. Gal Binyamini of the Department of Mathematics is most interested in the type of problems that can't be answered, like the 23 then-unsolved problems posed by German mathematician David Hilbert at the Paris conference of the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1900. In the last 116 years, mathematicians have resolved, or partially solved, most of the challenges proposed by Hilbert.

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The quantum computer puzzle

Each year, the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Belfer Institute hold an annual lecture in memory of the Faculty’s founder, Prof. Chaim Leib Pekeris. This year, the The Chaim Leib Pekeris Memorial Lecture was delivered on June 14, 2016, by Prof. Gil Kalai of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The lecture was titled: "The Quantum Computer Puzzle".

Quantum computers are hypothetical devices, based on quantum physics, which would be able to perform certain computations hundreds of orders of magnitude faster than digital computers. This feature is coined as "quantum supremacy," and one aspect or another of such quantum computational supremacy might be brought about in experiments in the near future: by implementing quantum error-correction, systems of non-interacting bosons, exotic new phases of matter called anyons, quantum annealing, or in various other ways.

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The 2016 Lee A. Segel prize for mathematical biology

The Lee A. Segel for Mathematical Prize Biology event was held on February 11, 2016.
The Prize, in loving memory of Prof. Lee A. Segel – a world-renowned mathematician and theoretical biologist who spent over 30 years of his career at the Weizmann Institute – was awarded to Tal Korem, a PhD student in the lab of Prof. Eran Segal

The Shimon Even memorial prize

The Shimon Even Memorial Prize in Theoretical Computer Science was awarded this year to Tom Gur, a PhD student in the research group of Prof. Oded Goldreich of the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. The ceremony was held on February 11, 2016. 

The complexity of composed functions

Prof. Irit Dinur studies questions regarding computational complexity. For example, given two numbers a and b, which is easier: computing A+B or AxB? Every child senses that multiplication is harder, in that it requires more “elementary steps.” Indeed, the naïve algorithm that we learned in elementary school requires more elementary steps, but is it the fastest algorithm?

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