This could be considered the century of computational mathematics. One consistently encounters it in the most diverse fields, from epidemiology to neuroscience, e-commerce and physics, even internet art, and of course artificial intelligence, as well as in current affairs like domestic politics (Russian interference in US elections) and foreign politics (China's use of big data to control domestic public opinion). We will discuss the role of computational math in our developed (?) societies, the math that lies behind the engineering and social phenomena of our time; what are the power and the danger of computational math; the strengths and the weaknesses of a civilization that is increasingly based on it. Since it is everywhere, and we are increasingly surrounded and dependent on it, it is important to understand what it is and how it is evolving. .
Margot Gerritsen is Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy, and former Director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford. For a number of years she was the Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. She is also the co-founder of the global Women in Data Science www.widsconference.org and the host of the WiDS podcasts. Her primary interest is computational mathematics, including search algorithm design and matrix computations, computer simulation and mathematical analysis of engineering and natural processes, and including applications to sustainability, and renewable and fossil energy production. She is also active in coastal ocean dynamics and yacht design.