Beauty and math of randomness
Math & Computer science
Welcome to IRS 2019!

Inspired by great mathematician from the Kaluga region, Pafnuty Chebyshev, this project will explore the world of randomness What if we would try to turn everything we see into numbers? Where can we find random numbers around us? Are events around us always determined, or some are happening randomly? What is the chance that a radioactive particle will hit our laptop? Can we predict the height of the average IRS participant? What about their arrival times to lunch?

Pafnuty Chebyshev
These are just examples of the hypothesis we can make about where to find randomness. If you are interested by some or all of the questions, and want to learn about probability, random distributions and what is the law of large numbers, join us at our Mathematics & Computer Science project: Beauty and math of randomness.

In this project we will first ask ourselves what events are random in the nature around us, and what randomness can be found in social activities at IRS 2019. Next step will be to design the experimental setups to test our assumptions and compare how can these two types of events be distinguished.
We will also write code to analyze the data we collect. Last but not the least, we will show how random numbers can be used for beautiful visualization!
Warning: this project will involve mathematics and programming.
Nicolai and Danica met at IRS 2017, thought about this project at IRS 2018, and were ready to launch it on IRS 2019!

Nicolai Vanggaard Bærentsen

Conpenhagen, Denmark
Nicolai is currently wrapping up his master's thesis in Copenhagen, which along with his BSc is in nanoscience aka anything small. He has experience working with anything from semiconductors to quantum dots and from protein structures to molecular delivery in cells, although his speciality is in the nano-bio aspects. Outside the studies he has volunteered in science communication since 2012, and inspired new talents to pursue their science interest since. Other than that, he has studied in China for four months, love learning and perfecting cooking techniques, biking and playing advanced strategic boardgames.

Danica Despotović

Novi Sad, Serbia
Danica, on the other hand, is the genius of this project and a PhD student of computational neuroscience at Sorbonne University (Paris, France). She finished her BSc and Master studies in Electrical Engineering at Faculty of Technical Sciences (Novi Sad, Serbia), with major in signal processing. As a seasoned tutor and science promoter with experience from Petnica Science Center (since 2010), Science festival, European Researcher's night, and XLAB International Science Camp (2012). Keywords about everything else in Danica's life: avid traveller, choir and karaoke singer, eternal MATLAB lover, and recreational rower and scuba diver.
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