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Halmstad Colloquium

– School of Information Technology's distinguished speaker series.

Upcoming talks:

The 5G Frontier; mm-Waves

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.

Professor Michael Faulkner, Victoria University, Australia

September 1, 2016, 13:15, Visionen, Wigforssalen


Data Ethnographies and Digital Futures: contingency and improvisation in a quantified world

Sarah Pink, Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT University, Australia

March 2, 2017, 13:15, Visionen, Wigforssalen


Upcoming talks may be subject to change

Recent talks: 

Becoming Real in Virtuality: Cyborgian Identity in Second Life

Dr. Ulrike Schultze, Cox Business School, Dallas, USA

April 29, 2016

As people spend more time online and invest more of themselves in virtual communities and relationships, they become increasingly entangled with the digital material that results from their online activities. Who they are, what they can do and who they can become is inextricably intertwined with the identities their virtual bodies (e.g., emails, texts, images, videos, profiles and avatars) afford. They are cyborgs, that is, human beings whose bodies and identities are inextricably intertwined with and extended through technology.

Neurobiology of emotional processing: Insights from functional neuroimaging

Professor Jorge Armony, McGill University, Montreal.

March 14, 2016.

Emotional communication is a key component of everyday social interactions, and it can even be crucial for survival (e.g., by signaling the presence of an imminent threat). Fortunately, our brains are equipped with the necessary machinery to rapidly and accurately decode other people's emotional expressions. In this talk I present findings from our group (and others) exploring neural responses to emotional and social stimuli in the visual (facial and body expressions) and auditory ( voice and music) modalities, using neuroimaging approaches.


 Computability Revisited

Jos Baeten, Professor in Theory of Computing, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

January 7, 2016.

The talk surveys what happens when computability theory is integrated with concurrency theory, which theorems remain valid and which theorems should be adapted. The Reactive Turing Machine is introduced as a model of computability with interaction. About Jos Beaten.PDF (pdf, 52.1 kB)


Partial Continuous Map

Professor Eugenio Moggi, University of Genoa, Italy.

August 19, 2015.

Hybrid systems can exhibit a range of pathologies that are hard to rule out without making a modeling formalism overly restrictive. Addressing these pathologies, many of which relate to so-called Zeno behaviors, is a prerequisite to being able to give sound definitions of fundamental concepts in hybrid systems, such as reachability. About Eugenio Moggi.PDF (pdf, 219.8 kB)

Updated 2016-08-26