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A.N. KolmogorovIn 1998 Royal Holloway, University of London, established the Computer Learning Research Centre under the directorship of Alexander Gammerman. Professor Gammerman and the Centre's Deputy Director, Vladimir Vovk, were joined by several outstanding researchers in the field of Kolmogorov Complexity.

To celebrate the centenary of Kolmogorov's birth (25 April 1903), the Computer Learning Research Centre at Royal Holloway proposed the establishment of the University of London Kolmogorov Lecture and Medal. This was approved in 2002, and the Lectures have been held since then at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The first Kolmogorov Lecturer was Ray Solomonoff. The following year, 2004, Leonid Levin gave the lecture. Subsequent lecturers have been Per Martin-Lof in 2005 and Jorma Rissanen in 2006 and Yakov Sinai in 2007. The Lecture in 2008 was cancelled. All the lectures have been subsequently published in The Computer Journal.

We are pleased to announce that Kolmogorov Lecture 2010 will be given by Robert Merton (Harvard Business School), winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economics. He will present "Observations on the Science of Finance in the Practice of Finance: Past, Present and Future" on 23 February 2010.




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13-Nov-2009 / AG