On the evening of May 9th, the Alliance of Mathematical Specialties of the Honors College invited Associate Professor Ding Bingbing of the School of Mathematical Sciences to give an online lecture to the students through the Tencent Conference platform, with the theme of "Mathematics Behind the Intelligent Age", which is one of the series of lectures of the Academic Mentor Pilot Program.
Professor Ding Bingbing unfolded from three stories to provide an analysis of the role of mathematics in the intelligent age. First, AlphaGo defeated the human player, Li Shishi, by 4:1. Professor Ding introduced the basic calculation methods: the Monte Carlo search tree and neural network methods, which prompted students to think that we used to know the rules and input to get the output, but now we have become to know the input and output to get the rules - and this is a change of thinking. Through the second example, the problem of Boston home price prediction, Professor Ding suggested how to use the input multivariate to get a more accurate multivariate function to calculate home prices by correction. The basic idea is to simplify and split into multiple parts, using neural networks and gradient methods to derive the function. Finally, Professor Ding concluded with a current example of a hot topic - mask identification. She proposed using a matrix to process the image and an operator to analyze the matrix, which becomes data that can be processed by a computer, and thus the mask is identified.
Although the lecture was conducted online, the charm and gravitational pull of mathematical knowledge was still felt across the screen, and Professor Ding's witty and humorous language style was well received by the students.