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Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Affordable Biomedical Platform Technology, the European ICT Poles of Excellence and the Other faces of Innovation

Consistent with CMU tradition, we regularly host a distinguished lecture series at CMU-R. Over the past few months, we've had an impressive line-up of speakers from Prof Fernando Quevedo; Director, International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge, UK, on the Large Hadron Collider to Dr. Philip L. Miller from the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University on the Software Developer Certification, to name a few. These lectures are open to the public, allowing the greater community to engage with some of the world's leading experts in the fields of technology and engineering. 

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), our Universe and String Theory | Prof Fernando Quevedo
Monday 22nd July 2013 - Prof Fernando Quevedo; Director, International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge, UK gave a distinguished lecture about the current situation in fundamental high energy physics after the successful start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and other ongoing experiments. The outstanding problems including cosmological challenges were discussed and the role of string theory in addressing some of these issues were reviewed. READ MORE

Blood Plasma-based Biomaterials as an Affordable Biomedical Platform Technology | Dr. Phil Campbell
Monday 29th July 2013 -Dr. Phil Campbell, Research Professor, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, gave a distinguished lecture on  blood platelets the fact that they contain an array of growth factors, extracellular matrix molecules and other signaling molecules that are released into the injury site upon platelet activation, thus providing the cues needed to help initiate and orchestrate tissue repair. In an effort to harness this activity for therapeutic use, autologous concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has become a popular therapy, where the desired outcome is to overcome the body’s limitations to tissue repair and accelerate healing. READ MORE

Engineering the Microarchitecture of Amaranth Leaves Post-Harvest to Optimize Nutrient Bioavailability | Mary Beth Wilson, PhD

Wednesday 28th August 2013 -Mary Beth Wilson, PhD, Co-Founder of Innovesca and Postdoctoral Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University and CMU Alumni, gave a distinguished on Innovesca a food technology company that develops and sells food products with optimized nutrition from underutilized vegetables.  While a multitude of plant species with high food value exists throughout the world, many are not farmed at high capacity.  For example, amaranth leaves (Amaranthus spp.) are an underutilized superfood found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia, despite being highly concentrated with essential micronutrients. READ MORE

The Software Developer Certification | Dr. Philip L. Miller
Thursday 05th September 2013 -Dr. Philip L. MillerSchool of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, gave a distinguished lecture at CMU in Rwanda on Thursday the 5th of September about the Software Developer Exam (SDE) a credentialing program being developed at Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with the Kenya Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Board. The purposes of the program include but are not limited to:

1. Identifying job candidates with the programming skills of entry-level software developers.
2. Demonstrating the presence of a well-trained software workforce.
3. Providing guidance to educational and training institutions.


European ICT Poles of Excellence: Results from a European Commission Study | Marc Bogdanowicz

Monday, 14 October 2013 -Marc Bogdanowicz, Head of Sector, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, European Commission Joint Research Centre, gave a distinguished lecture on the European ICT Poles of Excellence: Results from a European Commission Study. The European ICT Poles of Excellence (EIPE) Project is defining, identifying, analyzing and monitoring the existence and progress of current and future EIPE.
The Commission's Communication entitled "A Strategy for ICT R&D and Innovation in Europe: Raising the Game" proposes a strategy to establish Europe's industrial and technology leadership in ICT, to make Europe more attractive for ICT investments and skills, and to ensure that its economy and society benefit fully from ICT developments. READ MORE

Other Faces of Innovation: A World Tour | Francis Pisani
Friday, 1st November 2013 -Francis Pisani, Assistant Professor at Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences-Po, Paris) gave a distinguished lecture on the Other Faces of Innovation. Dr. Pisani presented the other faces of innovation and  took the audience on a different journey, on how Innovation comes from places and processes you might not be familiar with. He raised unexpected questions and approaches.
-    Will innovation come some day from outside of Silicon Valley ?
-     Does ICT lead us to a more homogeneous world ?
Which led to: Can we innovate and create (not preserve) differences?
- Two angles:
o    Startups more than corporations
o    Not ICT industry, but rather ICT as force multiplier and creator of opportunities. READ MORE