Colleagues and friends of Lenore Blum will celebrate her 80th birthday with series of virtual talks.
DATE：Sunday, December 18, 2022 – 4:00pm to 7:00pm EST
REGISTER FOR ZOOM: For the schedule and registration information, visit: http://www.smaleinstitute.org/lenore_fest.html
About Lenore Blum
Professor Lenore Blum was born December 18, 1942 in New York City. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968. She is a Professor-in-Residence in EECS at UC Berkeley. She is also the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University, and Founding Director of Project Olympus. Throughout her career, Blum has been an active member of the professional societies, including as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Vice President of the American Mathematical Society, member of the MIT Mathematics Visiting Committee, and Deputy Director of MSRI.
Lenore’s research, from her early work in model theory and differential fields (logic and algebra) to her more recent work in developing a theory of computation and complexity over the real numbers (mathematics and computer science), has focused on merging seemingly unrelated areas. The latter work, founding a theory of computation and complexity over continuous domains (with Felipe Cucker, Mike Shub and Steve Smale), forms a theoretical basis for scientific computation.
Lenore is internationally recognized for her work in increasing the participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. She was a founder of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and founding Co-Director of the Math/Science Network and its Expanding Your Horizons conferences for high school girls. At CMU, she has been faculty advisor to the Women@SCS and a member of the President's Diversity Advisory Council.
Recently, Lenore and her collaborators are focusing on the research of Conscious Turing Machine. This research has demonstrated how Theoretical Computer Science perspective and insights can improve the understanding of consciousness and related concepts, such as free will.
Lenore Blum is not only known for her pioneering contributions to the theories of real number computation, Conscious Turing Machine, cryptography, and pseudorandom number generation, but also for her efforts to increase diversity in mathematics and computer science.