18. September 2016

Nexus of networking: Heidelberg welcomes laureates and selected researchers of mathematics and computer science

In its fourth year, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) will once again bring the sharpest minds in mathematics and computer science together for a concentrated, intellectual assemblage. Prudently selected young researchers from all over the globe convene in Heidelberg with recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize from September 18-23. The HLF week is arranged with a series of lectures, workshops and social events to strike a balance between the scientific and entertaining aspects of the program. Another pillar of the framework, this year’s Hot Topic session will revolve around current developments in artificial intelligence, discussing both the challenges and benefits they bring forth.

The load-bearing standard of the HLF is to create an environment where the brightest contemporary minds in mathematics and computer science have an opportunity to profoundly interact with the preeminent scientists of their fields. Turing, Abel, Fields and Nevanlinna laureates are cordially invited each year by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) to attend. Applications from hundreds of young researchers of mathematics, computers science and closely related disciplines are carefully analyzed to choose the standouts. 200 selected young researchers from over 50 countries are given the chance to exchange and discuss with 21 laureates throughout the week in a diversified program. The doors of the New University in Heidelberg open this Sunday, September 18, at 15:00 (CEST) for the opening ceremony of the 4th HLF, laced with musical accents and distinguished speakers.
The HLFF is delighted to announce a new development in the program set to take place on Sunday, September 18, at 14:00 in the Neue Aula of the New University. The Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) will become official Scientific Partners of the HLFF and there will be a contract signing prior to the opening of the 4th HLF.
It is the informal atmosphere that distinguishes the HLF from other conferences. Scientific and social threads are wound together to create an environment that incites and fosters discussion that is able to develop throughout the week. Academic and research themes are provided by lectures, workshops and panel discussions, while various social events enable those ideas to continue and to be seen from a different perspective.
As in years past, the Hot Topic at the 4th HLF is shaping up to be one of the highlights. Leading researchers and experts examine the current scientific trends in Artificial Intelligence and their applications. That will be followed by a broader discussion that peers closer at what those developments exactly mean to our society. A more detailed look at the panelists can be found here: http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/blog/analyzing-the-challenges-posed-by-artificial-intelligence-at-the-4th-heidelberg-laureate-forum/

The program overview and a list of the attending laureates can be found here:

The 5th HLF will take place from September 24-29, 2017, and we encourage mathematicians and computer scientists to save the date. The application tool will be opened for young researchers this fall.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. The 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 18 to 23, 2016. The HLF was initiated by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the HLFF along with the KTS. It is strongly supported by the award-granting institutions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM: ACM A.M. Turing Award), the International Mathematical Union (IMU: Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA: Abel Prize).