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This Week’s Discoveries | 5 April 2016

dinsdag 5 april 2016
Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
De Sitterzaal

First Lecture

Title: Forensic Big Data Applications​
Speaker: Cor Veenman (LIACS)

Cor is a senior researcher in the Algorithms and Software technology group at LIACS and researcher at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). He is a computer/artificial intelligence/data scientist specialized in data intensive applications and scientific research in the forensic big data field.

Second Lecture, Lorentz Center highlight

Title: What is the dark matter?
Speaker: Carlos Frenk (Durham University)

Carlos is Ogdon professor of fundamental Physics and Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University. He builds model universes in state-of-the-art supercomputers, trying to understand how the structures in our universe evolved from simple beginnings to the complex structures composed of stars and galaxies that we see today.
Abstract There is compelling astrophysical evidence that most of the gravitating matter in the Universe is dark, from the pattern of hot and cold spots seen in the relic radiation from the Big Bang to the dynamics of galaxies and galaxy clusters and the phenomenon of gravitational lensing. The dark matter is almost certainly an as-yet undiscovered elementary particle. I will discuss how astrophysical observations may reveal its identity.

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