What's in an online game name? - Alex Wade, Department of Psychology
Much more than you might think. The names gamers choose for themselves reveal a lot about a player’s personality, according to psychologist Professor Alex Wade.
He spent the past three years deep-mining data from one of the world’s most successful tactical multi-player games, League of Legends.
Working with the game’s designers, Riot Games, Professor Wade and his team have found that user names have a bit more to them than just a random assortment of words and numbers.
As well as helping Riot curb the excesses of the game’s more anti-social elements, his insights could also have more far-reaching applications.
What does science really tell us about the world? - Mary Leng, Department of Philosophy
One of the reasons we think electrons exist is that they play an important explanatory role in our understanding of the physical universe.
But does it then follow that mathematical objects such as numbers must also exist since they, too, play a vital role in our understanding of the way the world works?
Dr Mary Leng takes us on a challenging philosophical journey from Plato to Prince by way of prime numbers, cicadas, God, Darwin and Bertrand Russell.
A multi-million dollar detection story: how York is assisting the fight against global terror threats - David Jenkins, Department of Physics - David Jenkins, Department of Physics
Physicist David Jenkins and his team of researchers are at the forefront of radiation detection technologies that are playing a vital role in the US and UK homeland defence against dirty bombs.
In his talk, Professor Jenkins will explain that the same technology is behind the development of new tools for detecting and monitoring the treatment of cancer.
Working with a fast-growing northern technology partner, Professor Jenkins and his team are also pioneering safe ways of monitoring radioactive contamination at Sellafield, putting them at the heart of three key global challenges - healthcare, defence and energy.
Electronics engineer Professor Jon Timmis is investigating how robots might evolve their intelligence by learning from one another in a way that helps them adapt to their environment and improve how they operate. The research is a collaboration with colleagues in the biological sciences.
Accompanied by some of his robotic friends, Professor Timmis will argue that while the pace of robotic development is accelerating we should not fear the advent of the Terminator robot for quite some time.
On the contrary, the benefits of this research range from a deeper understanding of immunological processes to developing healthcare in the home, drug discovery, environmental monitoring and advanced manufacturing.
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