On June 15, Peking University presented letters of appointment to Manuel Blum, a computer scientist and winner of the 1995 A.M. Turing Award and his wife Lenore Blum, known for her contributions to the theory of real number computation, for her invention of a cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator, and for her efforts to increase the diversity of mathematics and computer science via an online ceremony. The pair were appointed as Visiting Chair Professors of Peking University.
Manuel Blum is Bruce Nelson Chair Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He made substantial contributions to the foundations of computational complexity theory and its application to cryptography and program checking. Lenore Blum is Distinguished Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. and Mrs. Blum used the Internet to teach around 30 PKU students, whom they deemed as excellent as those learning at Carnegie Mellon University. The two professors were also pleased to exchange views with PKU students and see them make steady progress in online lectures.
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The Blums have also been invited to take part in the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) organized by the Shanghai government. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, WAIC 2020 will be held online from July 9 to 11 which is unlike the previous two conferences. However, this will not change the conference’s core mission and objectives. With the theme “Intelligent Connectivity, Indivisible Community,” WAIC 2020 aims to gather prominent experts from all over the world to discuss AI technology—its development, its applications, its trends, and how AI can better serve humanity for good.