On Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5PM in Higgins House Great Hall, Yavuz Oruҫ will present the Pi Mu Epsilon induction ceremony talk, Imperfect Research with Nearly a Perfect Language.
"Mathematics provides nearly an ideal language to formalize any problem a human mind can pose and pursue. When formalized and modeled thoughtfully, most problems in engineering research become precise mathematical curiosities that can then be subjected to the rich reservoir of formalisms, structures, theorems, and methods of mathematics for their solutions. This approach has been used masterfully by a number of pioneers in several fields of engineering research to significantly enhance the understanding of key problems in their respective fields, but there have also been and remain a sizeable group of engineering researchers who use mathematics as a language for syntactical convenience without delving into the semantics of the language itself. In this talk, I will sample some results from my own field of research to provide a few remarkable applications of mathematical theorems that led to the solutions of key problems. I will also describe some of my recent work that borrows mathematical ideas from combinatorial design theory, and enumeration of certain bipartite graphs with and without using Polya’s theory of counting."
Yavuz Oruç is professor of Electrica
l and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He previously served as aprogram director at the National Science Foundation and adviser to the president of Scientific and Technological Research Council ofTurkey. His research interests include interconnection networks, computer architecture, quantum information systems, number theory,and combinatorial problems. His research has been published in several archival journals, including Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Journal of Number Theory, Journal of Supercomputing, IEEE Transactions on Computers, Information Theory, Communications, Parallel and Distributed Systems, and VLSI Design. He is the author of the textbook Handbook of Scientific Proposal Writing, and the historical novel Tomris/October 1942.