The Future of Computation & Knowledge: Stephen Wolfram at HITS

7. April 2015

The distinguished scientist, technologist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram visited the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) on Friday, March 27 to meet the HITS scientists and give a public talk about his work.

Wolfram has devoted his career to the development and application of computational thinking. He is the original developer of “Mathematica”, the author of “A New Kind of Science”, and the “Wolfram Alpha” search engine. At the HITS colloquium, Stephen Wolfram talked about “The Future of Computation & Knowledge”.

You can watch the video of his talk on our HITS Youtube-Channel.

Here are some impressions of his visit at HITS.

Stephen Wolfram meeting the HITSters
Stephen Wolfram meeting the HITSters, discussing various scientific topics from astrophysics to molecular biology.
Stephen Wolfram Public Talk
Stephen Wolfram giving a Public Talk at the Studio Villa Bosch – close ranks!
Stephen Wolfram at HITS
“We use machine learning to learn machine learning” – Stephen Wolfram at the HITS Colloquium

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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