Applied Mathematics Hosts Menger Day April 1


Karl Menger taught mathematics at Illinois Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1971. Considered one of the great mathematicians of the 20th century, he inspired countless students. Join the Department of Applied Mathematics on Monday, April 1 on Mies Campus as we commemorate his life with the 12th annual Menger Day academic celebration.

Xiao-Li Meng, Whipple V.N. Jones professor of statistics at Harvard University, is this year’s featured lecturer. He is scheduled to deliver “How Small Are Our Big Data: Turning the 2016 Surprise into a 2020 Vision,” examining the quality of big data versus its quantity. The featured lecture will be held at 6 p.m. April 1 in the Hermann Hall Ballroom.

Events begin at 12:50 p.m. with a lunch talk hosted by Illinois Tech’s chapters of the Association of Women in Mathematics and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, where Meng will give the talk “Bias-Variance Tradeoff: A Fundamental Statistical Principle That Can Render You Love or Pain.” All alumni are welcome to the lunch talk.

Applied Mathematics faculty and students present mathematical research, applications, and amusements at 1:50 p.m. during the Faculty Research Overviews. Speed chatting/mentoring for students, alumni, and faculty will be held at 3:15 p.m., and students will present their research at 4:40 p.m. during a poster session. Karl Menger Student Awards will be presented at 7 p.m., with a reception and alumni networking event to follow.

All events will be held in the Hermann Hall Ballroom.

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