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09-30-2010

Tensors and the Cocktail Party Problem at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe October 6

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Tensors and the "Cocktail Party Problem" will be discussed by Clarkson University Mathematics Professor Carmeliza Navasca at the next Science Cafe at La Casbah, 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, October 6, at 7:15 p.m.

In describing her presentation, Navasca says, "Imagine you are at a cocktail party. In this loud and crowded environment, you are able to follow and zero in Article Photoon several sounds around you -- music, conversation, laughter, or even a siren outside. How can you do this?

"Although the science behind it is not completely figured out, it is known that humans can innately focus on one sound at a time among a mixture of sounds in a noisy environment. This is known as the ’cocktail party problem.’ Today, modern technology tries to mimic this fascinating human behavior."

Join Navasca for a discussion of how mathematics and "tensor" computation imitate the cocktail party problem and other equally astonishing feats.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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