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We’ll be giving the Lates audience a little taste of Pint of Science. This month’s Lates theme is Mathematics and coincides with the opening of a new Robots exhibition. Our talks feature current, active and exciting research with real-world applications – linking the areas of robotics, animal locomotion - and maths! It’ll be informal and relaxed – come on down and put a question to our speakers. This event is free to attend, no booking is required, please just turn up.
Dr Michelle Reeve (London Comms Manager, Pint of Science)
Before Michelle took up her mantle as London Communications Manager for Pint of Science she did a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College. She’ll be giving a talk beginning with robotics – telling the story of how robots have evolved over the years from the UK’s first robot Eric (which has been rebuilt and is currently on display at the Science Museum!). She’ll then tell us about bioinspired robots, before talking about her own research into spiders as a model for locomotion which are inspiring a new generation of legged robots. She’ll even be bringing along a spider robot!
Using maths to study the movement of animals
Joe Bailey (PhD student, Mathematical Biology, University of Essex)
PhD student Joe will be giving a talk about his research into movement and mathematical ecology, highlighting the need for maths in the study of animal movement. Using his recent work on the movement of ground beetles, he will focus on challenges to certain mathematical techniques and explain the importance of collaboration between mathematicians and biologists. An unlikely but crucial pairing!