Prahladh Harsha is a theoretical computer scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. Prahladh is interested in...
Coping with difficulty is a life experience all of us will go through multiple times. It's usually a fairly messy process. Leave it to mathematicians however to find a clear, precise, logical way in which to define coping with difficulty, of course, within the realm of mathematics. They look at a series of yet unsolved problems, and ask, which of these is a hard problem, and which is not Then they ask, how can you harness the hardness in your favour? The mathematics they create in the process ends up leading to some amazing real life applications like network security!
We are delighted to invite Prahladh Harsha - theoretical computer scientist - to Mumbai Local, to share with us his work in Theoretical Computer Science, focusing on Coping with Difficulty. This conversation will take us into the beauty of mathematics as a study of patterns and structures, and the fascination of the P versus NP problem for mathematicians, and perhaps, once we understand it, for us as well (if you watch Elementary on Netflix, you might have encountered this problem in one of the episodes, where mathematicians kill to solve this problem!).
Join us for a captivating evening of thinking with mathematics, led by Prahladh. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. For those of you who absolutely cannot make it to the venue, we will be live on Facebook for you. Join us on our page at 5 pm on Sunday, 9th September.
This session is curated by: Arnab Bhattacharya - scientist, science communicator.
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Prahladh Harsha is a theoretical computer scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. Prahladh is interested in looking at problems from a computational lens using tools from algebra, analysis and information theory. He obtained his BTech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras in 1998 and his PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004. He has worked at Microsoft Research, Univ. Texas, Austin, TTI Chicago and has been at TIFR since 2010.