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AI, intelligent robots, and new materials - what does this mean for the future of humankind? Discover how researchers are using AI and robotics to make the world a better place, from socially intelligent robots to support adults with autism to engineering bone cells for orthopaedic products.
Giving stem cells a good nanokicking…and other bone regeneration approaches
Join Professor Matthew Dalby to discuss two hot new technologies for bone regeneration. The first uses nanovibration (nanokicking) to stimulate bone marrow stem cells to turn into bone-forming cells. The concept started off as a quirky discussion between cell biology and gravitational wave physics and the cells are now in manufacture for human trial. The second uses materials to absorb powerful biological stimulation factors, growth factors, and present them to bone cells in a way they like, stuck onto proteins.
Social Animals & Unsocial Machines
What makes humans human? Can this be replicated? The idea has been the basis of many science fiction novels and movies. In reality, Professor Alessandro Vinciarelli has dedicated his research to the analysis and synthesis of nonverbal behavior in human-human and human-machine interactions.
Metal Oxides: What Lies Beyond Rust
Metal oxide materials are a key component in batteries, memory storage devices and artificial photosynthesis for renewable energy production. My research focuses in a particular family of molecular metal oxides formed by tungsten and molybdenum salts. In this talk, Dr. Laia Vila-Nadal will discuss the importance of those salts, named polyoxometalates, and explain why they have fascinated scientists for more than 200 years.