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Virtual CINA Distinguished Speaker Series- Padhu Seshaiyer: Computational Mathematics for Solving Global Challenges Involving Criminal Activities
April 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The CINA Distinguished Speaker Series invites leading experts from fields related to the disruption of criminal activities across the physical and cyber spaces. Join us for a discussion about the dynamics of criminal activities, and how computational mathematics can help understand and solve challenges related to this complex, real-world problem.
Computational Mathematics for Solving Global Challenges Involving Criminal Activities
Computational mathematics, which comprises of modeling, analysis, simulation and computing have become the foundation for solving most global challenges. Some examples of these global challenges involving criminal activities include understanding dynamics of gang-behavior, stopping drug abuse and addiction that often leads to crimes, social dynamics of human trafficking, tracking poaching to stop illicit ivory trading and cybercrimes including computer virus transmission. These real-world problems involve complex dynamic interactions and often present a significant challenge, both in modeling of the physical problem as well as in handling the coupled interactions. If the desire to control and prediction is added, then the complexity increases even further. In this talk, we will present a few multidisciplinary approaches using computational mathematics that provides an in-depth understanding of the underlying physical phenomenon.
Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer is a Professor of Mathematical Sciences and currently serves as an Associate Dean for the College of Science at George Mason University, Virginia. His research interests are in the broad areas of computational mathematics, scientific computing, computational biomechanics, STEM education, UN Sustainable Development Goals and entrepreneurship. During the last decade, he has initiated and directed a variety of educational programs including faculty development, post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate research, K-12 outreach, teacher professional development, and enrichment programs to foster the interest of students and teachers in STEM at all levels. He is also actively involved in multiple global STEM collaborative research projects and training programs that engage students, teachers and faculty from over 20 countries. He has won several prestigious awards for his contributions to teaching and research. From 2015 – 2017, he served as a Program Director for the Computational Mathematics program at the National Science Foundation. In April 2019, he was selected as one of the “Figures that Matter” for his contributions to Academia and Society and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Vrije Universiteit Brussel.