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Discover how shrinking technology is allowing us to take sensors to the next level; from thousands enabling diagnosis in the palm of our hand to massive networks spread throughout our environment.
Could a microchip rapidly diagnose a life-threatening disease?
Imagine a future where we could rapidly diagnose infectious disease using a handheld device and just a drop of blood? Such a scenario is fast becoming a reality with significant advances in microchip technology to create Lab-on-a-Chip devices. I will present our latest exciting research in this area where we are now able to detect life-threatening infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue and tuberculosis in under 15 minutes. This represents a game changer in disease management and control, bringing infection diagnostics to the palm of your hand.
Smart Dust and the Diamond Age
Professor Julie McCann (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Computing)
Neal Stephenson’s novel, The Diamond Age, describes programmable nanotechnology that can form things. Today’s technology: tiny, self-organising, chirping computers perform various duties. From self-drive cars to monitoring 3-D printed bridges, these devices talk to each other, copying group behaviours of insects, overcoming errors or environmental changes. But are we getting ahead of ourselves? Research must address their behaviours, security, reliability and resistance to failure. Julie McCann will introduce her work in the field and discuss the technological trajectory towards a Diamond Age.