Mathematical Sciences- Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Seminar - Daniela Calvetti (James Wood Williamson Prof., Dept. of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Case Western Reserve University)

Friday, September 21, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm


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Speaker: Daniela Calvetti (Case Western Reserve University)

Title: Inverse Problems, The Brain and My Mathematical Journey

ABSTRACT: In this talk I will outline how understanding how the human brain works
requires a good understanding of inverse problems and the development of the
right tools to solve them by showing how mathematics can help understand
cerebral electrical activity, blood flow and metabolism. The casting of an
inverse problem as a Bayesian inference problem is particularly effective in any
application with a priori knowledge about the solution in qualitative rather than
quantitative terms. One personal note, it was the work on the brain to
convince me of the power of Bayesian inverse problems, back in the days
before uncertainty quantification when probability and computational math
where thought to have little to do with each other.