A Lecture Series on the Memory of Prof. Conway

Prof. John Horton Conway was a legendary mathematician who stood out for his love of games and for bringing mathematics to the masses. He one of the most versatile mathematicians of the past century, a wizard, polymath, and storyteller, and a
natural problem-solver whose unassisted feats often left his colleagues stunned. He was Princeton’s John von Neumann Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a professor of mathematics until 2013 when he transferred to emeritus
status. He was also a fellow of the Royal Society. Prof. Conway made influential contributions to group theory, analysis, topology, number theory, geometry, algebra and combinatorial game theory. But, he was perhaps best known for creating
the “Game of Life,” a mesmerizing cellular automaton based “no-player never-ending” game where collections of cells evolve into complex configurations depending on a few very simple rules.

Known for his unbounded curiosity and enthusiasm
for subjects far beyond mathematics, Conway was a beloved figure in the hallways of Princeton’s mathematics building and at the Small World coffee shop on Nassau Street, where he engaged with students, faculty and mathematical hobbyists with
equal interest. He was an active researcher and a fixture in the Princeton math department common room well into his 70s. A major stroke two years ago, however, consigned him to a nursing home. Even then he was regularly visited by his colleagues
until the COVID-19 pandemic made such visits impossible when he could only discuss his ideas over the phone. We lost the legacy of this math luminary last year, on Saturday, April 11, 2020 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from complications related
to COVID-19.

**Speaker:**Prof. Enrico Formenti, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

**Brief Bio of the Speaker:**Prof. Robert Wilson is a retired Professor in Algebra and Combimatorics, in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, 2004-2016 from whre he took his early retirement
at the end of 2016. He has done is BA, MA, PhD, and was a Rouse Ball Student from Trinity College, Cambridge, 1975-83. His doctoral advisor was Prof. John Conway.

His research is mainly in finite group theory, and related
areas such as representation theory, some aspects of combinatorics, and computational techniques and algorithms applicable to finite groups. He is best known for his work on classifying the maximal subgroups of finite simple
groups.

- April 10, 2021

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**Speaker:**Prof. R. Ramanujam

**Brief Bio of the Speaker:**Prof. R Ramanujam is a professor in the Theoretical Computer Science research group in The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India. His research interests are mathematical and philosophical
logic in computer science and theory of computation, and their applications to theory of distributed systems, game theory and security theory. His other research interests include temporal logics and verification, partial order
models of concurrency and logics of knowledge. He is currently on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computational Logic. In 2010, he was Lorentz Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences at the Netherlands
Institute for Advanced Studies. He has been actively involved in the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science and the Association for Logic in India. Prof. Ramanujam has been associated with the Tamil Nadu Science
Forum since 1990, active in its involvement in science popularization and school education. He is editor of Thulir, a monthly science magazine for children. He was a member of the Yash Pal Committee that formulated the National
Curriculum Framework 2005, and chaired the National Focus Group on Teaching of Mathematics, NCERT. Currently he is Vice President of the Mathematics Teachers Association of India, and a member of the Core Committee of CS Pathshala,
an ACM India initiative. He is also one of the initiators of the Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19 (ISRC).

Homepage:
www.imsc.res.in/r_ramanujam

- April 17, 2021

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**Speaker:**Prof. Genaro Martinez

**Brief Bio of the Speaker:**Genaro Martínez is a full time researcher at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City. He is an active member of several institutions and laboratories around the world, such as: the International
Unconventional Computing Laboratory at the University of the West of England in the United Kingdom; the Foundation of Computer Science Laboratory at the Hiroshima University in Japan; the Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks
at the City University of Hong Kong in China; the Unconventional Algorithms and Computing Lab at the Technical University of Ostrava in Czech Republic; the Laboratoire de Recherche Scientifique in France; and at the Institut
des Systèmes Complexes en Normandie in France. Prof. Martinez is a editorial member of the Journal of Cellular Automata, Complex Systems, Physica D, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Artificial Life, Nonlinear
Dynamics, Chaos, Information Sciences, International Journal of Natural Computing Research, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, and the Mathematical Reviews, American Mathematical Society. Prof. Martinez together with
Prof. Adamatzky had published the book "Designing Beauty: The Art of Cellular Automata". Also, he is leading two computational paradigms in cellular automata theory: colliders cellular automata and computation by competing
patterns with cellular automata.

Homepage:
www.comunidad.escom.ipn.mx/ge...

- April 17, 2021

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**Speaker:**Stephen Wolfram

**Brief Bio of the Speaker:**Stephen Wolfram is a pioneering scientist, physicist, and author of A New Kind of Science whose work created a paradigm shift in cellular automata research. He published his first scientific paper
at the age of 15, and had received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology on 19 November 1979 at the age of 20. In recognition of his early work in physics and computing, Wolfram became
the youngest recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 1981. Stephen Wolfram is the founder and CEO Wolfram Research, creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language. In 2012, he is named as a fellow of the American
Mathematical Society. He writes regularly about his activities and thinking on his Stephen Wolfram Writings site.

- April 25, 2021

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