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Mathematics Masterclasses from the University of Amsterdam | March 2022

This masterclass on the mathematics of networks and algorithms is meant for high school students who want to have a look into state of the art mathematics! The whole event is held in English and hence suitable for international schools as well.

The masterclass this year will be held in March in a hybrid form, we will offer two online lectures on topics related to algorithms. Afterwards, we will try to offer a full day at the University of Amsterdam where you can work on exercises based on the online lectures. If the situation doesn't allow this second day to take place on campus we will offer it online.

There is no overlap between the two lectures, feel free to register for only one or for both! The nicest, of course, will be to participate in both of them.

How complex can a problem be? - Giulia Bernardini

Tuesday 22nd of March 13:00 – 15:00 CET (12:00-14:00 GMT)


In this online talk, you will see how mathematicians measure algorithmic complexity. The development of computers and computer software gave birth to complexity theory and made it necessary to theoretically understand which problems are intrinsically difficult to solve. Whenever an algorithm is developed to solve a problem an indication of its computational complexity is also desired. Participate to see how mathematicians tackle complexity!

Mathematics and sport: Computing for honest competitions - Roel Lambers

Tuesday 29th of March 13:00 – 15:00 CET (12:00-14:00 GMT)


In this talk, you will see how mathematical techniques can be used in designing sports tournaments. In many sports tournaments, complicated schemes are devised to determine how teams or athletes will proceed to the next rounds. Unfortunately, sometimes how these schemes are made may have a positive or negative impact on the performance of some teams and athletes.

Day at the University of Amsterdam
Tuesday 5th of April 10:00 – 15:00 CET

After following the two online lectures we want to gather for a day at the University of Amsterdam to discuss the material presented during the lectures and solve exercises. The exact program of this day will follow.

You can choose to follow only (one of) the two online lectures without joining the day on campus. We would of course love to see you all in all three parts of the program, but some flexibility is always good.


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