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Distinguished Lecture Series 2014/15 - Prof. Richard Brent

Prof. Richard Brent of the Australian National University visited the Department and delivered a Joint Distinguished Lecture on “Some Mysteries of Multiplication, and How to Generate Random Factored Integers” on 6 February 2015. Jointly organized by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics, the talk by Prof. Brent described the history of M(n) and considered algorithms for computing M(n) for moderate values of n. The lecture was well received. After the Lecture, Prof. Brent also shared his expertise with our research postgraduate students.

In 1978, Richard Brent was appointed Foundation Professor of Computer Science at ANU, and in 1985, he became Professor and Head of the Computer Sciences Laboratory in the Research School of Physical Sciences at ANU. In 1998, he moved to Oxford as Statutory Professor of Computing Science and Fellow of St Hugh's College. In March 2005, he returned to ANU to take up a 5-year position as an ARC Federation Fellow in the Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI) and the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering. In March 2010, he became a Distinguished Professor with a joint appointment in MSI and the School of Computer Science. Since Sept. 2011, he has been an Emeritus Professor at ANU and a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle. He is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, SIAM, the Australian Academy of Science, and various other professional bodies.


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