Fascination Science

A free lecture series

Reserve the last Tuesday of each month to hear from some of the leading minds in science today. Massey University Auckland scientists and guest speakers take you into the fascinating world of scientific discoveries.

Most lectures are held on the Massey Auckland campus in the Sir Neil Waters lecture theatre. See map on the right.

Lectures start at 7pm. Light refreshments are served after the talk.


Upcoming events

Predicting GDP using machine learning

TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2019
DR TEO SUSNJAK, MASSEY UNIVERSITY


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on its own is not a very sexy topic, but trying to predict it using machine learning and data analysis might be!

Although often criticised as an economic measure, the problem that needs to be solved is not GDP’s relevance, but the ability to get quick up-to-date indicators of GDP in a relevant time frame. Information on what happened three months ago is of limited use.

We will look at the colourful history of GDP including criticisms and some clever global estimation strategies. Finally, our approach to building a real-time GDP predictor using machine learning will be outlined, together with its forecasting results from the last six months.

illustration of variations on pi

The life of

tuesday 30 JULY 2019
Professor Rod Downey, Victoria University, Wellington

In this talk, Professor Downey, awarded the Rutherford Medal in 2018, will examine the history of how we began to understand the number pi over the last four millennia.

This is also the story of the development of a branch of modern mathematics called analysis; a story still being told today.

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All lectures take place from 7–8.30pm unless noted otherwise.

Venue

Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre
Massey University Auckland, Albany

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