April 20: Personalized learning
April 16, 2018
Mathematician to speak about research, education
Po-Shen Loh, described as a math enthusiast and evangelist, will give two talks at the University of Delaware on Friday, April 20, to discuss his research and methods for personalizing learning.
In the first talk, “Ramsey Theory and Paths,” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in 123 Memorial Hall, Loh will discuss his mathematics research, which explores a variety of questions at the intersection of combinatorics (the study of discrete systems), probability theory and computer science.
The second talk, “Setting Personalized Learning Free,” at 3:30 p.m. in 116 Gore Hall, is designed to appeal to a broader audience from the math, computer science, business and engineering communities.
Loh says that personalized education is within reach and has the potential to transform current practices through the use of data and algorithms to improve math and science education.
He will discuss the social enterprise he founded, expii.com, and its goal of turning every smartphone into a free personalized learning system by combining crowdsourcing and mathematical algorithms. Loh will also describe his experience translating his research into practical use through mission-driven entrepreneurship.
Loh is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team.
The talks, which are free and open to the public, are hosted by UD’s Department of Mathematical Sciences and supported by a UD Career Services grant.