Arts and Culture Fellow - Judy Brownfellowship
"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. My aim was 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 Brown
Judy Brown is a poet and poetry tutor. Her Creative Fellowship sat 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.
So what happens when the worlds of poetry and complex mathematical modelling collide? Poet Judy Brown worked collaboratively with Peter and his team to respond to this research, creating large scale process notebooks which shared her reactions to unknowing and uncertainty. She also created a series of three poems which can be read below in response to her encounters with the team at the IDSAI.
For more information about Judy Brown visit her website.