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What If... Computers Could Save Lives?

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  • Wed 26 Aug ’15, 7:00pm – 8:00pm


University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Professor Tim David, Director of UC HPC supercomputing centre.

- How has health data changed over the past 10 years?
- What can computers tell us or how can they help us make decisions about our health?
- Do computers really save lives?

The IBM Watson supercomputer, in winning the TV game Jeopardy, set a new standard for the use of computers in data analytics. Today, the generation of data about our own health is growing exponentially. But can we really leave the decisions about health to a computer that can play Jeopardy, or do we need something else? Professor Tim David will look at the current state of the use of computational resource in the health arena. Some important social and philosophical questions will be asked. Maybe we get to play Jeopardy ? Who knows and do we care?

Professor David has a BSc and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Leeds in the UK. He is currently Director of the UC HPC supercomputing centre, a high performance computing service facility based at the University of Canterbury which facilitates research that depends on access to high performance computational resources.

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