Arts and Culture Fellow - Judy Brownfellowship
Judy Brown is a poet and poetry tutor. Her fellowship sits within the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) at the University of Exeter where research is taking place in the area of Uncertainty Quantification.
Increasingly complex numerical models are used in the making of
decisions. Examples include the design of aeroengines, making climate
predictions and modelling the human heart. These numerical models use too much
computer time for us to do many model runs. This means random sampling cannot be used to estimate the uncertainty. Uncertainty quantification is the branch of
mathematics that enables us to efficiently estimate the uncertainty on model
predictions. Not only can the uncertainty be estimated but also the dependency
of the model outputs on the model inputs. In addition the model can be 'run backwards’ so that given the model output the corresponding
input can be calculated. This is important as the outputs can be measured in the real world and
hence the relevant inputs can be deduced to improve the predictions (but we need to be
careful to acknowledge that the model isn’t the same as the real world. There
is always a discrepancy). The aim is to produce estimates of what the real world is going to do
with estimates of uncertainty that decision makers can use to balance
conflicting sources of evidence.
Judy says, "I was drawn to this fellowship by the mystique of the words and the elegance of the sentences used by the mathematicians, and by the way my own ignorance tried to fill them with meaning.
I am working with large scale process notebooks to share and investigate my reaction to unknowing and uncertainty – as well as writing new poems from the encounter. My aim is to catalyse conversations which might not otherwise have happened, to exchange and generate metaphors, and to share creative processes and reflections on how we think and talk about our work."
Judy’s recent work has explored the behaviour of substances (coal, glass, wood) and abstractions (loneliness, money). It has been described as ‘deliciously tactile’ (Telegraph) and having ‘startlingly original imagery’ (Poetry London). She is currently interested in syntax, sci-fi poetry and anachronism.
Judy held a year’s residency at Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, and wrote on money and law at Gladstone’s Library. Her books are Crowd Sensations and Loudness (shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize, and the Forward and Aldeburgh best first collection prizes respectively). In 2010 she won the Manchester Poetry Prize.
For more information about Judy Brown:
with Judy: https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/wa_episode193/