6th HLF – Interviews with young researchers: Jonas Bayer

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Young researchers at the 6th HLF sit down with Tom Geller, Tom Geller Productions, to discuss their career, mentoring and their experience at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation or any other person or associated institution involved in the making and distribution of the video. Background: The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. The HLFF was established and is funded by the German foundation the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. The HLF is strongly supported by the award-granting institutions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM: ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing), the International Mathematical Union (IMU: Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA: Abel Prize). The Scientific Partners of the HLFF are the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and Heidelberg University.

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what is your field of study so I'm
studying mathematics in particular I've been working with a team on daya fantine equations and other topics around
Hilbert's tenth problem and what is that so Diophantus equations polynomial equations with integer coefficients that one estimates or one looks at with respect to solving in the natural numbers or in the integers so how did you hear about the heidelburgh laureate forum and designed to apply so I was told about EDX Felicia he's a professor at my university but I actually met before at my high school and so I got to know him better and he will mentor the project that we've been working on and did you apply right away or what was the application process like for you mmm well so he told me about where I can register so I looked at up what the formalities are and I wrote my application and then I asked him to also write in a recommendation letter for me which he did and well then I send in my
application so you made it in the first time yeah I think that so I mean you only have one chance for one year now as I understand you're actually younger than many of the researchers here I think so yeah okay tell me about the interaction with the other researchers that you've had it's really inspiring to meet people from many different countries and also from well many different fields I've talked to other young researchers working in AI most of them are currently doing their PhD or already in a postdoc positions but but yeah the the range is just very wide from topics like AI in computer science or even very applied topics like system architecture but also including many topics in mathematics some number theory stochastics and so on were there any laureates and particular that you really wanted to talk to when you came here so originally I I was not really sure who like whom I will talk to but the the lectures really were inspiring and for example John Hopcroft lecture I really liked a lot and then later I asked him some questions on his topic and also Lesley
Lampard is sort of well also having a an interesting idea on how the future of mathematical proof will develop so I talked to him about this topic which also is somewhat connected to research that I did in my group do you think that the things that you talked with them about will change your approach when you get back well I'm and it's a bit tricky to see that now but I think that well over time the ideas will definitely have an impact and might also help to just look at some problem from another perspective that's one thing that people here have talked about how it's unusual to have the math and computer science people together and as I understand you you originally were interested in computer science yes so you were already exposed to many of these ideas but perhaps not in as much depth yeah yeah was there anything here that that really surprised you or appeal to you that you weren't expecting I think the the laureates are real experts and they really have very reasonable and elaborate opinions on the topics they are working on and of course there are no the the current status of research but well that's also what you learned when looking into other literature so I think it's not that they they they can tell us any secrets or things that we were very special things
that we didn't know before but just their personality is very inspiring and also the prod knowledge that they have and and the wider view that you can give on a certain topic well what about their personalities mmm is that an okay question I think it is so I think the laureates do not only work in the specific field which makes them very interesting for example John John Hoff prov I've talked to yesterday he's also working in a project to improve the education at universities in China so in this age he still goes to China more
than five times a year which I found very surprising and they are all still very active and and interested and also interested in the exchange with us let's say that you knew somebody at your university who is thinking of applying and maybe wasn't sure what would you tell them they should definitely try I mean you can lose anything and yet I mean you have several chances the heidelburgh laureate will hopefully take the hydrochloride forum will hopefully take place the next few years so and it's just really worth it to be here and so just try and yeah it's trying to get here is there anything else that you'd like to add about it may be either expected or surprising well another aspect I think that really makes this a special event is just how international the people are so it's it's interesting to meet people from different continents and also to just hear about their backgrounds about the culture in their country now you're from Bremen as I understand I'm from actually I was born not far from Heidelberg but now I study in from and have you been to many conferences many international conferences before this well two to one in Oxford which is on logic something well included in our research this last summer but actually before I hadn't been to too many conferences of this style however I went to a summer school of modern mathematics which took place in Bremen which also
had a sort of similar inspiring atmosphere and also well not laureate but still mathematicians who were very experienced and could also give a broad view for example John Connor by Orson oh wow that's neat I'm just taking a look to see if there was anything else Oh lastly I guess has the HLF measured up to your expectations it definitely has I think yeah just the area around and also the the organisation is really good and yet just the overall atmosphere really is more
than I could expect in what sense you're just how much inspiration there is or and how how many ideas and different people come together and exchange what they thought about okay I think that's it for me thank you very much I appreciate you taking the time


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