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Posted by Rob Knies
Eighty years ago, Albert Einstein was invited to deliver the 11th installment of the Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture, established by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in 1923 to give the public insight into the intricacies of mathematics and its applications. Subsequent Gibbs lecturers in engineering and computer science have included Vannevar Bush, John von Neumann, Donald Knuth, and Herbert Simon.Now, during the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings, billed as the largest mathematics meeting in the world, the latest edition of the Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture will be delivered by Andrew Blake, Microsoft distinguished scientist and laboratory director of Microsoft Research Cambridge.
Some people require years of searching before they are able to identify their life’s calling. For others, though, that realization comes early on. Take Microsoft Research’s Kristin Lauter, for instance.“I have been passionate about mathematics since I was a child,” she recalls, “doing math story problems with my father in the car.”Now, that love for mathematics has enabled Lauter, manager of the Cryptography group at Microsoft Research Redmond, to take the next significant step in her professional career, as the next president of Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).
Posted by Rob Knies
Pardon Zhengyou Zhang if he retains a certain fondness for the year just past.In early December 2013, Zhang, a research manager and principal researcher for Microsoft Research, was named a recipient of the inaugural Helmholtz Prize, a test-of-time award presented for papers published at least 10 years ago that continue to influence the field of computer vision. Zhang’s paper, Flexible Camera Calibration by Viewing a Plane from Unknown Orientations, was accepted for the International Conference on Computer Vision in 1999.Little more than a week later, he was informed that he had been selected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).