Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour – particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.
Alongside her academic position, Hannah is an experienced public speaker giving conference keynotes and taking the joy of maths into theatres and schools. Hannah’s mathematical expertise has led to the development of fascinating documentaries including ‘Britain’s Greatest Invention ’, ‘Horizon: How to Find Love Online’, ‘Horizon: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Future’, ‘City in the Sky’ (BBC2), ‘Trainspotting Live’, ‘The Joy of Data’, ‘Climate Change By Numbers’ and ‘Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing’ (BBC4). For radio, Hannah presents ‘Music By Numbers’ (BBC R1), ‘The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry’ and ‘Computing Britain’ (BBC R4).
As an author, Hannah has written two books: ‘The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas’ (Transworld, 2016) which followed ‘The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation’ (Simon & Schuster/ Ted, Feb 2015) in which Hannah brings together mathematical equations to provide answers to such questions as: What’s the chance of us finding love? What’s the chance that it will last? How does online dating work, exactly? When should you settle down? How can you avoid divorce? When is it right to compromise? Can game theory help us decide whether or not to call?
Keynote: Being human
It’s never been easier to track and monitor our whereabouts, our heart-rates, our conversations, even – if my 4am insomnia driven googling sessions are anything to go by – our hopes and fears for the future. And all of that data points firmly to who we are, both as individuals and as people more generally.
But what about if we go beyond the superficial, past correlations and pattern recognition and get right into the heart of how we behave as humans. Are there stories hidden in the data that will surprise us? How can it be used against us? And can we use what we learn about ourselves to make the world better?
In this talk, I’ll take you on a tour the intriguing insights we’re uncovered by looking at ourselves through the eyes of data. For good or for bad, I’ll show you how a mathematical view of what means to be human is already shaping the way we design our society, from dating and healthcare to catching serial killers and everything in between.Go to the Agenda Book your seat