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The 17th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture will be given by Professor Richard Hoshino, professor of mathematics at Northeastern University-Vancouver. 

The PME lecture will be held on Friday, May 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 115 Avery Hall.


Mathematical Problem-Solving and Computational Thinking 

The core of the talk will be three mathematical puzzles, all of which will be accessible to every person in the audience. In the process of solving these three puzzles, the four principles of Computational Thinking will be uncovered. Together we will discover how this "21st-century mindset" can enable us to tackle complex real-life problems with both confidence and impact. 

About the Speaker

Richard Hoshino is an associate teaching professor of computer science at Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University's Vancouver campus. His areas of teaching include discrete structures, algorithms, and foundations of artificial intelligence. 

Before joining Northeastern's faculty in 2020, he worked as a professor of mathematics at Quest University in Canada. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Informatics, as well as a research scientist at the Canada Border Services Agency. He is the owner of Hoshino Math Services, a boutique math consulting firm. 

Hoshino has published numerous research papers, including two that received the Deployed Application Award from the world's largest artificial intelligence research society. In 2017, he became the youngest-ever recipient of the Adrien Pouliot Award, awarded by the Canadian Mathematical Society as a lifetime achievement award to celebrate significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education. He has been published in various conferences, including AAAI and CPAIOR. 

Alex Iosevich

The Pi Mu Epsilon lecture series is made possible through the support of the UNL Mathematics Department and the Nebraska Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon.

For more information contact Tri Lai.

Previous Pi Mu Epsilon Lecturers

2023 Alex Iosevich University of Rochester
2022 Ken Ono University of Virginia, Zoom recording
2021 (Spring) Ben Brubaker University of Minnesota
2019 (Fall) Joseph Gallian University of Minnesota Duluth
2018 Robert Ghrist University of Pennsylvania
2017 Ileana Streinu Smith College
2016 David J. Saltman Princeton University
2015 Michael Dorff Brigham Young University
2014 Colin Adams Williams College
2013 Suzanne Lenhart University of Tennessee
2012 Michael Parks Sandia National Laboratories
2011 Paul Zorn Saint Olaf College
2010 James A. Sellers Penn State University
2009 (Fall) Andrew F. Rich Manchester College (North Manchester, Indiana)
2009 (Spring) Gwen Fisher Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
2008 David M. Bressoud Macalester