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Open Cambridge: Clare Hall members to discuss human brain development, energy harvesting, and human-AI synergy

30 August 2022 College life

Clare Hall is delighted to present an Open Cambridge event around the theme ‘Wondrous Innovation’, which will take place on the afternoon of 13 September this year.

Three members of Clare Hall’s academic community share incredible insights into their research and teaching methods, spanning human brain development in cerebral organoids; energy harvesting and sensing; and human-AI synergy. New technologies and approaches will be showcased, and there will be time for a Q&A.

Dr Madeline Lancaster, whose lab focuses on human brain development using stem cells to generate brain organoids that allow modelling of human brain development in vitro, will discuss ‘What makes the human brain special?‘. Madeline is a Group Leader in the Cell Biology Division of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in Cambridge;

Professor Sohini Kar-Narayan, who is working to develop ‘self-powered’ devices for patients to help improve their healthcare, will explore ‘Novel sensors for precision orthopaedic surgery’. Working in the Device Materials Group here at Cambridge, Sohini’s research aims at developing functional nanomaterials and devices for applications in energy, sensing and biomedicine;

And Dr Petar Veličković, who teaches machines to assist humans with proving difficult theorems and conjecturing new approaches to long-standing open problems, will focus on the subject ‘Amazing things that happen with human-AI synergy’. Petar is a Staff Research Scientist at DeepMind, and is an Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge.

Everyone is welcome to this event – especially those who have not visited the College before. Tickets are free of charge, and are available now via Eventbrite. Please book early to avoid disappointment, and cancel your tickets should you be unable to attend.

Explore the full Open Cambridge programme.

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