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Franklin University Announces Feb. 15 Choose Ohio First Speakers Series Event

Columbus, OH (January 18, 2017)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce its first Choose Ohio First Speakers Series event of 2017 featuring Sean McCulloch, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science.   

During the February event, Dr. McCulloch will share his mathematics and computer science expertise in a discussion focused on "Problems Even Fast Computers Can't Solve."

As computers get faster and more complex, they are able to solve more and more problems. There is a temptation to think that all problems, no matter how complicated, will eventually be solved by sufficiently fast computers. In this talk, Sean will discuss two types of problems for which this temptation is unlikely to become reality. The first class, undecidable problems, are problems where we can prove mathematically that no computer, no matter how fast, or how well programmed, will be able to solve. Sean will also discuss "NP-Complete" problems, which are problems that can be solved, but the best known solutions are implausibly slow, even on the fastest computers.

Event Information
When:  Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:  Franklin University, Phillips Hall, Room 220, 303 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
            (Online attendance is also available)

Please register by Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. 

About Dr. Sean McCulloch
Dr. McCulloch joined Franklin University in 2001, and teaches a wide variety of computer science courses. As part of his interests, he maintain the Discussions of NP-Complete Problems site, where Dr. McCulloch discusses NP-Complete reductions from the point of view of an educator who teaches these kinds of problems in an upper-level Analysis of Algorithms class.

Dr. McCulloch received his Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Virginia, and has been teaching a wide variety of classes since then. His research interests include algorithmic design, finding heuristics for NP-Complete problems, and designing Artificial Intelligence programs for board games.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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