Grand challenges

A one-day meeting at the RI to discuss accelerating discovery with Bit.Bio and do a hackathon of the 23 mathematical challenges of our time.

When the London Institute partnered with the cell coding company Bit.Bio last year, we set out to tackle one of the great mathematical challenges of our time: unravelling the operating system of life. This is exactly the kind of moonshot mission for which Britain’s new Advanced Research and Invention Agency, announced this month, is being created. Like ARIA, Bit.Bio and the London Institute seek radical new theories and technologies that don’t just solve the pressing problems of our time; they bypass them altogether.

At this meeting, Bit.Bio and the London Institute will discuss how to tackle the problem of cell programming and new ways to fund this and other leapfrog science. On the birthday of Royal Institution founder Lord Rumsford, we will consider how we can achieve our goals by learning from the exceptional history of discovery at the RI. Throughout the day, we will conduct a hackathon to create and publish a list of the 23 most important mathematical challenges of our time. This list, which will span our four research themes, will provide a fresh take on DARPA’s 23 Challenges from 2007.

http://www.math.utk.edu/~vasili/refs/darpa07.MathChallenges.html

Grand challenges