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– School of Information Technology's distinguished speaker series.
Be ready for new opportunities! Nanotechnology will totally change our society, industry and lives
Maria Strømme, professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University
October 16, 9:30 - 10:30, Baertlingsalen, House Visionen
With nanotechnology we can determine what properties a material should have. The technology creates completely unique opportunities for sustainable development in all areas where we use materials. Maria Strømme will provide examples of how to treat cancer better, diagnose diseases before we get symptoms, teach our bodies to rejuvenate themselves, create environmentally friendly and smart packaging, develop new 4D printing technology that helps us solve grand challenges, give our clothes completely new features, make patches that determine how wounds should heal and show results from the world’s first Grand Prix with nano cars.
Dr. Strømme is professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she is heading a research department of 35 researchers developing nanomaterials for a number of industrial applications. Strømme was appointed professor in 2004, and thus became the youngest technology chair professor in Sweden at age 34.
Strømme is the author of ~ 300 international journal publications, ~380 conference papers, 12 book sections/review articles, and the inventor behind 40 + patents.
She is the founder of the company Disruptive Materials AB. She has received a number of prestigious awards for her scientific and entrepreneurial achievements including the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences Gold Medal in 2012 ‘for her basic and applied research in nanotechnology and for her extensive entrepreneurship within physics and medicine’.
Strømme is frequently an invited Key Note speaker at international arenas, such as the Word Economic Forum in Davos and at many of the top universities in the US and in China. She is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), the Norwegian Academy of Engineering Sciences (NTVA) as well as the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). She was the vice chairman of the latter until the end of 2017. Strømme’s present assignments include board positions in various companies and the Norwegian university NTNU.
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Sarah Pink, Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT University, Australia
March 2, 2017,
Data-driven analysis and prediction has recently opened up new opportunities for designers and policy makers to imagine and intervene in contemporary and future worlds. This lecture probes behind the scenes of the everyday worlds in which such data is produced. It explores the limits of what we can know through measurement-based research techniques, and the fragility of any claims to know what people might do, feel or need in a future that is inevitably and inescapably uncertain.
Ethnographic attention to the contingent, improvised and personalized ways that people experience and navigate the world reveals a different story to that which is suggested by quantitative measures. Ethnography provides a unique research lens into the otherwise invisible, unspoken about, sensory, emotional and often mundane elements of the everyday.
How to build the best clock in the world: From the basic concept of metrology to related Nobel prizes and applications
Martin Zelan, Research Scientist, Swedish National Metrology Institute at SP
October 20, 2016
Time is a well-known concept for everyone. It is also the SI-unit that we humans can measure with the highest accuracy and precision. This makes it particular interesting for various applications such as navigation and fundamental physics. In this talk I will introduce the basic concept of metrology and the current and the presumed future SI-system. I will then present an overview of the history of time measurements before introducing the Nobel Prize winning concepts and techniques, such as laser cooling and frequency combs, and how these techniques have been utilized to build so-called optical atomic clocks that neither will gain nor lose a second during the lifetime of our universe. Finally I will discuss the potential everyday applications for such clocks.
Professor Michael Faulkner, Victoria University, Australia
September 1, 2016.
With the introduction of the fourth generation (4G) of wireless equipment almost complete, the focus of the research community has switched to the fifth generation, targeted for commercialisation in 2020. Increased data rates, a renewed focus on the internet-of-things and the scarcity of spectrum will force operators into higher frequency bands despite deteriorating performance in terms of coverage. The new mm-wave bands under consideration offer both the opportunity for wider bandwidths and the challenge of providing the coverage. Repeaters might be necessary to extend coverage zones. A number of research organisations are doing measurements to better understand how the mm-wave bands behave in different environments. The presentation will describe the mm-wave measurement program currently underway at Victoria University, which aims to identify performance issues under local conditions.