Google’s Director of Research to Deliver Annual Boole Lecture at UCC

By Martin Murphy
Martin Murphy
Martin Murphy
December 11, 2009 Updated: October 1, 2015

Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google Inc. (Peter Norvig/
Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google Inc. (Peter Norvig/
The Seventh Annual Boole Lecture will take place in University College Cork (UCC) on December 15th, this year's public lecture will be given by Dr Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google.

Professor Eugene C. Freuder from UCC who is acquainted with Dr Norvig from his work at NASA and also through their fellowship of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, invited Dr Peter Norvig to give this year's lecture, which is titled “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data”

A alternative title for us lay persons is “Billions of Trivial Data Points can Lead to Understanding.”
The talk will discuss this subject and give examples of the type of data available today.

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At Google Inc Dr Norvig was Director of Search Quality, responsible for the core web search
algorithms from 2002-2005, and has been Director of Research from 2005 on. Prior to that he was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA.

The Annual Boole Lecture Series in Informatics was established seven years ago by UCC's Boole Centre for Research in Informatics, the Cork Constraint Computation Centre, the Department of
Computer Science, and The School of Mathematical Sciences. Each year a prominent figure in computer science or mathematics is invited to give a public lecture.

The connection with George Boole stems from the fact that he was the first Professor of Mathematics at UCC (then Queen's College, Cork). George Boole was the developer of Boolean algebra, one of the foundation stones of modern computer science.

Admission to the lecture is free and all are welcome, it is due to start at 8 p.m. on December 15th and the venue is to be announced soon.