On Wednesday 6th July, the College of Science and Engineering presents a special evening of lectures, music and hands-on science, showcasing exciting research at the University of Edinburgh. In the 2016 edition, we focus on the themes of robotics and automation in current research.
Sharing Autonomy and Responsibility: The robots are ready, are you?
Professor Sethu Vijayakumar
In this lecture, Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, looks at how humans and robots will work together in the future.
At present, cutting-edge research is focused on technologies that will enable the next generation of robots to work much more closely with humans and other robots, and to interact significantly with the environment around them.
With robotic platforms given significant autonomy, will we be able to share control in a way we are comfortable with? Through live demonstrations and discussion, this presentation will highlight the impact in a range of diverse areas including self-driving cars, shared manufacturing, mining, space exploration, prosthetics and rehabilitation.
The Edinburgh Genome Foundry: using robots to construct chromosomes
Dr Hille Tekotte
Automation has transformed the production of almost all consumer products – and it is set to do the same for the basic building blocks of life.
In all living organisms DNA carries the genetic information, assembled into very large structures in the cell: chromosomes. The last thirty years have seen enormous progress in reading the information encoded in the DNA, and the synthesis of small DNA fragments has long been possible; such fragments are widely used in today’s medical research.
However, to advance biological research further we need to be able to construct and study the functions of large DNA segments. Manually assembling these segments is possible, but until now it has been both time consuming and expensive.
Today, we are increasingly able to create and assemble large DNA molecules – from genes to entire chromosomes. To that end, a new state of the art facility has been set up at the University of Edinburgh: the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, to help carry out large-scale automated DNA assembly.
The opening of this and other automated DNA-assembly factories will greatly enhance the development of drugs, advanced materials and biofuels; help to transform waste into useful products; and much more.
This event is free, but ticketed.
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Venue: Michael Swann Building, Max Born Crescent, The King’s Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3BF
Time: 6-8:30pm, Wednesday 6th July 2016; doors open at 5:30pm.
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