The  Imitation  Game

The State Theatre Modesto, CA


Dr. Ana Kupresanin

Group Leader for Applied Statistics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Imitation Game— From Basketball and Medicine to Climate: Understanding the World Through Statistics

A discussion of statistics and encryption. Part of the 2016 National Evening of Science on Screen.

The State Theatre Modesto, CA

Film Synopsis

During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Told via flashback, The Imitation Game tracks the young, brilliant, and socially awkward mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the early days of World War II as he applies for a top-secret position tasked with decoding the “unbreakable” Nazi cipher machine called Enigma, used to encrypt all military radio transmissions. Turing's team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyzes Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. His work was famously labeled by Winston Churchill as “the greatest single contribution to victory.” But after the war he suffered great personal and professional turmoil, as he dealt with his homosexuality in a time when it was illegal. The film was nominated in eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. It won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ana Kupresanin received her PhD in mathematical statistics from Arizona State University. She joined LLNL's Applied Statistics group in 2009 after spending several years as a faculty member teaching mathematics and statistics, having more than one thousand students attended her classes. Now, Dr. Kupresanin collaborates with engineers and scientists at LLNL to analyze data and develop statistical methodology for problems in diverse areas such as Stockpile stewardship (certification and uncertainty quantification), nuclear forensics, and climate modeling. She enjoys working with students and looks forward each year to the summer months when she hosts numerous summer interns.