The need to encourage would-be young mathematicians by providing scholarship, locally and internationally as well as sensitizing industries as venues for the applicability of undefined terms in pure mathematics took the front burners as a Professor of Applied Mathematics, Prof. Olusegun Olotu today delivered his lecture at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
At the event held at the University’s main auditorium, well attended by academia, captains of industries, top government functionaries and students of the institution, Prof. Olotu while speaking on the lecture titled: “Seeking The Best Options To Life Problems: Extended Conjugate Gradient Algorithms For Constrained Optimal Control Problems” said there is no royal road to an effective understanding of pure mathematics but that effort must be put into acquiring knowledge and developing the ability to apply the knowledge.
Prof. Olotu while noting that it takes painstaking effort with cognitive reasoning and patience to apply the knowledge, expressed worry that if the needful is not done in time, pure mathematics will suffer and vanish as time progresses as the shortage of pure mathematicians is a global issue that must be addressed.
In his recommendations, Prof. Olotu urged universities worldwide to employ adequate and knowledgeable staff in the area of pure mathematics, provide conducive environment in terms of mathematics laboratories well equipped with modern hard and software to assist students in problem- solving sessions, applying 1:30 lecturer- student ratio among others.
While also noting that he has developed algorithm to solve optimal control problems, Prof. Olotu further stressed that he would continue to conduct research in the area of optimization in oder to ensure sustainability as researchers are looking for computer based innovations with fast results and rewards.
Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Fuwape while reeling out Prof. Olotu’s intimidating profile, commended him for adding to the body of knowledge in his field.
The lecture was the 123rd in the series of inaugural lectures from the university