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Is a mathematician a robot?

Professor Chris Budd describes the mathematics of machine learning and its application to robotics, and asks if a robot will ever replace a mathematician.

  • 13 Feb 2018, 1.00pm to 13 Feb 2018, 2.00pm GMT
  • Museum of London, London,
  • This event is free

Robotics is one of the government’s ‘eight great technologies’. Is it possible that, in a few years, we might have machines with artificial intelligence?

In this lecture, Professor Chris Budd shows how modern ideas of deep learning allow a robot to make sense of the world it exists in, including the ideas behind speech and face recognition. He'll also address the important question (at least to mathematicians!) of whether a robot will ever replace a mathematician.

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and doors will open 30 minutes before the start.

Find out more about the lecture on the Gresham College website.

Speaker profiles

Gresham Professor of Geometry Professor Chris Budd OBE is based at Bath, where he is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Director of the Centre of Nonlinear Mechanics.

Chris has a long history of engagement in the public understanding of science and mathematics, and has developed and run programmes at places such as the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications; British Science Association; Science Museum; and the Royal Institution.


There is full access to all areas of the museum. Wheelchairs, powered scooters and portable induction loops can be borrowed free of charge.