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Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information is hosting a special talk by Massimo Fornasier from 17.00 - 19.00 on Friday 26th May 2017. 

The research of Massimo Fornasier embraces a broad spectrum of problems in mathematical modelling, analysis and numerical analysis. Fornasier is particularly interested in the concept of compression as appearing in different forms in data analysis, image and signal processing, and in the adaptive numerical solutions of partial differential equations or high-dimensional optimisation problems.

In 1944, near the end of World War II, an allied bombing campaign destroyed the Eremitani church in Padua, Italy. The church was famous among art lovers for its magnificent frescoes, which included a series by the early renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506). Over 88.000 small pieces of painted plaster, of an average area of only 2 square centimetres, had been lovingly collected and conserved after the bombing. 

From 1992 onwards, art conservation experts attacked the task of cleaning and photographing every piece, sorting them and hoping to reconstruct at least some fragments. The herculean task seemed hopeless -- until mathematics came to the rescue. This talk will explain how. 

For more information and to register please see the event webpage