Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub abd BCS

Nir Oren

When?
Thursday, March 29 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Nir Oren

What's the talk about?

The first question I'll attempt to address is why a computer scientist is in any position to discuss democracy. With last year's dismal failure of AV, together with the discussion of various other alternatives (e.g. FPTP, AV+), I'll examine what links these different approaches to representation, and investigate which system works "best" (the answer is none of the above). After providing this rather depressing answer, I'll look at why, and what can be done with this major limitation. Following this, I hope to discuss how new technologies such as the internet can aid or hinder the democratic process.

Nir Oren is a lecturer in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen. His main research interests revolve around practical reasoning (i.e. reasoning how to act). He has published in the areas of argumentation theory; normative reasoning and computational trust, and is interested in game theory, computational logic, machine learning, computer game playing and pretty much anything else AI related. When not working, he can be found playing go, running, cycling, swimming, climbing, or trying to pick up another hobby.

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