Berkeley Lecture 2018


The 2018 Berkeley Lecture will be given by Professor Sándor Fekete, who holds the Chair for Algorithmics at TU Braunschweig, Germany and is Director of the interdisciplinary Center for Informatics, Information Technology and Digitalization ( His scientific work deals with the development and analysis of algorithms, including settings with incomplete information, distributed scenarios and game theory. His teaching (highlighted by the recent IDEA project, has won numerous awards.

The Age of Algorithms: From IDEA Instructions to Altruism

Thursday, 27th September, 2018 at 6:30pm.

JHL4, North Campus, Maynooth University

What are algorithms? In this talk I will discuss them as the driving force behind our ongoing digital revolution that dramatically changes the fundamental connections between many aspects of our world and the way we interact, not just with other humans. I will show how algorithms can be understood without words, how algorithms shape new complex structures - and discuss the challenges and opportunities for unselfish and efficient cooperation in a digital world.

The Berkeley Lecture is an annual event at Maynooth University in which a talk on mathematics and philosophy is given by a high-profile visiting speaker. It is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Philosophy at Maynooth University.