Named Lecture Series

Lecture Subject Prof.Name Abstract Date Venue
N.R. Kamath Chair Colloquium The Economics of Corruption, Black Money and Demonetization Professor. Kaushik Basu, N.R. Kamath The prevalence of corruption and black money in an economy slows down development and damages the moral fabric of society. To curb these heinous practices, passion and determination are necessary but not sufficient. We need data, analysis and economic theory. This lecture will examine what we can learn from these methods to address some of the most pressing challenges that India faces today. The lecture will range from global experience to India's recent demonetization policy. Fri, 12/09/2016 Prof. B. Nag Auditorium, VMCC IIT Bombay, Powai
Fourth N.R. Kamath Chair Colloquium lecture Proofs and Computation Prof. Madhu Sudan, N.R. Kamath While it is well-understood that Proofs form the foundations of Mathematics, it is less well-known that Proofs and Computers are intimately related. Indeed a common perception is that the only link between Proofs and Computing is that sometimes computers can assist in the search for proofs. In this talk Prof. Madhu Sudan will describe a more historically significant, and intrinsic, connection. Proofs by definition are "Computational Objects" - and to understand the difference between a theorem and its proof, one needs to understand computational complexity of tasks - namely the number of steps on a computer needed to solve a given task. In this talk, Prof. Madhu Sudan will talk about the historical role of proofs in computation, leading to the "prototype" of the modern computer in the 1930s, to the conception of the famous "Is P = NP?" question in the 1970s and some modern variation like interactive proofs, zero-knowledge proofs and probabilistically checkable proofs. The speaker will explain how at each stage the study of proofs has revolutionized the understanding of what computers can or can not do! Wed, 01/04/2017 Prof. B. Nag Auditorium, Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC) IIT Bombay, Powai