Apple vs. Samsung: a Mathematical Battle

Speaker : Jim Davis
University of Richmond
Date: 02/02/2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: LINCS Seminars room


Abstract: Apple and Samsung have been fighting patent battles around the world. Come learn about the mathematics at the heart of one of these battles, the error correcting codes used in 3G communication. We will give a gentle introduction to coding theory, explain why this caused a legal battle, and we will conclude by describing why President Obama ultimately vetoed the ruling by the court (the first time a president had used that veto power in nearly 30 years!).
Biography: Jim Davis, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Richmond since 1988, does research in combinatorics and error correcting codes. He spent two years working for Hewlett-Packard and he has 15 patents stemming from that work. He has published more than 50 papers, including several with undergraduates as coauthors (one of those also has Sihem Mesnager as coauthor). Outside of mathematics, he is an avid squash and bridge player.