Science in Society Explores World of Robotics

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The University of Ulster’s annual Science in Society lecture series kicks off this week with a fascinating insight into the world of robotics.
Organised by the School of Biomedical Sciences and sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Science in Society aims to promote the discussion and understanding of science making it accessible and interesting to everyone.

This year’s seminar series is geared towards people of secondary school age and above. The series offers the opportunity to explore many novel, intriguing and diverse areas of science, most of which have direct implications for life in the 21st century.
“Due to the support of Bank of Ireland, we can discuss these scientific advances in the company of world experts’, said Science in Society’s Director, Professor Valerie McKelvey-Martin. “We are very grateful to Bank of Ireland and to our renowned seminar speakers for making this possible.”

Professor Kevin Warwick from the University of Reading will present the first of this year’s seminars entitled ‘Robots with Biological Brains and Humans with Part Machine Brains’.
Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics. He carries out research in artificial intelligence, control, robotics and cyborgs.

“This seminar will look at how technology can be used to create biological brains for robots, to enhance humans and to reduce the effects of some illnesses,” explains Professor Warwick.
He will provide contemporary examples of how this technology has been employed and will consider a future in which robots have biological, or part biological brains.

Robots with Biological Brains and Humans with Part Machine Brains will take place in Lecture Theatre 7, University of Ulster, Coleraine, on Monday 20th October 2008 at 6pm. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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