San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Professoriate Lectures from MMU
Join us for the first in the 2016-17 series of public lectures.
October's talk is from Professor René Doursat, Head of the Complex Systems Group, Informatics Research Centre, School of Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology.
Robot Swarms, Artificial Bacteria, and Connected Crowds:
How Morphogenesis Can Guide Them All
How do cells find their way and assemble together so precisely to form a living organism? How do social insects build giant, intricate nests on their own? These two major examples of architectures without an architect, or "morphogenetic self-organisation", are a source of endless fascination, but also inspiration to create entirely new technologies based on collective intelligence. René's research aims at this paradigm shift by establishing two-way bridges between computer models of biology and biological models of computing. He will illustrate them with some of his works in multicellular development, swarm robotics, synthetic biology, and socio-technical networks. The complexity of all these systems demands a new type of engineering, one that facilitates the spontaneous emergence and evolution of functional structures, not directly specifies them.
Refreshments will be available from 17:30 with the talk starting at 18:00. This will last around 45 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session and a drinks reception.
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