Session 07 – Part 1: Conrad Wolfram (England)

Conrad Wolfram (England)

Roadmap to Computational Thinking for the AI age: A challenge for Mathematics and Computer Science Education - Conrad Wolfram (England)

The importance of computational thinking for jobs, management and society has exploded over the last few decades. Meanwhile, the mainstay of preparation at school–mathematics education–increasingly struggles to match up.

Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technologist, is Strategic Director and European Co-Founder/CEO of Wolfram–the world’s „computation company“ for over 30 years and makers of Mathematica, Wolfram Language and Wolfram|Alpha (which powers knowledge answers for Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Excel).

Wolfram pioneers new approaches to data science and computation-based development, with technology and consulting solutions that drive innovation in analytics, software development and modelling. Working with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, governments, most universities and school systems worldwide, Wolfram’s expertise spans all fields where computation is applied including medicine, finance and telecoms for R&D, deployment and education. Conrad is recognised as a thought leader in AI, data science and computation, pioneering a multiparadigm data science approach. Conrad is also a leading advocate for a fundamental shift of maths education to become computer-based or alternatively introduce a new core subject of computational thinking. He founded computerbasedmath.org and computationalthinking.org to fundamentally fix math education for the AI age – rebuilding the curriculum assuming computers exist. The movement is now a worldwide force in re-engineering the STEM curriculum. His groundbreaking book ‚The Math(s) Fix- an education blueprint for the AI age‘ www.themathsfix.org, released in 2020, for the first time lays out a roadmap to this fundamental reform. He attended Eton College and holds degrees in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

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