Previous UppTalk Weekly seminars and panel discussions

april 20 - robin augustine

Brain machine interface and the age of cyborgs.
Meet Robin Augustine, associate professor of medical technology, in a conversation about the first steps to be able to implant a chip in your head that can make your thoughts communicate with prostheses in your body.

Watch the webinar "Brain machine interface and the age of cyborgs" here.

april 6 - jonas bergquist

With hope for the patients with ME, one of the worlds most debilitating illnesses.
Meet Jonas Bergquist, Professor in Analytical Chemistry and Neuro Chemistry, at the Department of Chemistry-BMC, Uppsala University in a conversation about ME, one of the world’s most debilitating illnesses. Jonas talks about his research where they study the spinal fluid in ME-patients trying to get closer to the understanding of why the disease occurs and how we can treat it.

The conversation is in Swedish with English subtitles

See the webinar "With hope for the patients with ME, one of the worlds most debilitating illnesses" here


october 8 - anders hagfeldt

Nano-material for third-generation solar cells and thoughts about moving back to Uppsala.
Our guest this week was Anders Hagfeldt, proposed as new Vice-Chancellor for Uppsala University and the professor whose solar cells have the world record in efficiency. Meet him in a conversation about his research on Grätzel and perovskite solar cells, the third generation of solar cells, but also about his new positon and moving back to Uppsala.

See the seminar "Nano-material for third-generation solar cells and thoughts about moving back to Uppsala here

June 16 - albert miranyan

Save lives by sifting out viruses "as easily as you brew coffee" - Development of nanotechnology paper filters for drinking water purification Our guest this week was Albert Miranyan, Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials. Albert and his team have developed a filter with material directly from nature, that is low-cost, renewable and biodegradable. By combining knowledge in nanotechnology with a concrete need in society, can this research save life’s, i.e. by enabeling safe drinking water. The goal for Albert is to develop a filter paper that can remove even the toughest viruses from water as easily as brewing coffee'. Join UppTalk weekly to ask your questions to Albert and to learn more about nanotechnology, cellulose filters and the need of multidisciplinary perspectives for both basic and applied research.

See the seminar "Save lives by sifting out viruses "as easily as you brew coffee" here

June 9 - valentin troll

The two faces of Volcanoes – learning to benefit from the monster Our guest this week was Valentin Troll, Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development and this week’s host is Karin Thellenberg, Communication and Outreach Unit. Together with Valentin we talked about that volcanoes are widely recognized for their destructive potential and have been viewed to represent the seat of wrathful deities or even the entrance to hell. While their direct and indirect negative effects are often most strikingly displayed, volcanoes also provide us with a vastness of resources that shape our daily lives and without which we would not exist in the way we are today. However, we also learned how volcanoes can give as much as they take and that it is the precarious balance of understanding volcanoes and monitoring their activity that will make us increasingly better at 'harvesting' the benefits that volcanoes provide.

See the seminar "The two faces of Volcanoes - learning to benefit from the monster" here

june 2 - lars oestreicher

Brain computer interface - Where are we today? Can we see what you think? Our guest this week was Lars Oestreicher, Associate Professor at the Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction and the host this week was Lina Sors Emilsson, Upptech. The title of this Upptalk is intentionally provocative, but also hopefully setting off a little warning bell in most of us. The research on Brain-computer interfaces has been developing rapidly, and we can see movies where people are doing the most amazing things with Brain-computer devices. But what is the reality behind these promises, and what do we really want to happen in the future of this research? Should we even be happy, that we still have a long way to go? What could happen if we could really see what You think?

See the seminar "Brain computer interface - where are we today? Can we see what you think?" here

may 26 - paneldiscussion about ai

Panelsamtal: The impact of artificial intelligence on people and society At this seminar five researchers from Uppsala university was invited to discuss about artificial intelligence (AI) and how this new technology can affect our society and citizens. Questions that was addressed referred economics, law, medicine, research and knowledge as well as how the development of algorithms and use of these algorithms for AI will affect our future. Panel participants were Professor Carolina Wählby at the Department of Information Technology, Professor Anna-Sara Lind at the Department of Law, Professor Oskar Nordström Skans at the Department of Economics, Associate Professor Francis Lee at the Department of Sociology and Associate Professor Anders Isaksson at the Department of Medical Sciences. 

See the panel discussion "The impact of artificial intelligence on people and society" here

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