CSE Public Lecture

Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Enabling Technologies

New this year, the College of Science and Engineering is modifying its annual public lecture format and introducing the “Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series.” The series will focus on showcasing CSE's top faculty in short, TED-style lightning talks around key research areas. Our next lecture will spotlight faculty members presenting their research related to "Enabling Technologies"—innovations driving radical change in the capabilities of users or cultures.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
6 p.m.—Doors open
6:30 p.m.—TED-style talks featuring faculty members
7:45 p.m.—Reception (light refreshments provided)
Coffman Memorial Union, Theater
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus

"Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits."  

The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served on the day of the event.

About the talks

“Stretchable, Bendable, Foldable, and Printable Circuits: A New Paradigm for Advanced Manufacturing”
Presented by C. Daniel Frisbie, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The explosion of interest in printing technologies for three-dimensional prototyping, for customized manufacture of prosthetics and machine parts, and for architectural (and even culinary!) design, now extends to the creation of electronic circuits, especially the creation of flexible circuits on paper, plastic, or rubber sheets. Graphic arts methods such as screen printing, ink jet printing and air brushing can be used to pattern electronic inks on a variety of surfaces for applications in wearable electronics, robotic e-skins, smart packaging, medical monitors, drug delivery patches, and the "Internet of Things.” This talk will describe the opportunities and challenges associated with printed, flexible electronics and discuss materials engineering efforts at the University of Minnesota to enhance and expand the scope of this technology with new manufacturing strategies.

“Artificial Intelligence: What Will the Future Be?”
Presented by Maria Gini, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Every day we read in the scientific and popular press about advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how AI is changing our lives. Things are moving at a fast pace, with no obvious end in sight. What will AI be ten or twenty years from now? A technology so pervasive in our daily lives that we will no longer think about it? A dream that has failed to materialize? A mix of successes and failures still far from achieving its promises? Will intelligent systems be part of our daily lives, help us with routine tasks, handle dangerous jobs, and keep us company? Gini will explore the state of the art in intelligent systems through the lenses of specific projects and discuss how AI technologies could be steered to address open problems. Examples will include helping diagnose autism in toddlers, and voice-based conversational agents.

“3D Printing Neural Regeneration Devices”
Presented by Michael C. McAlpine, Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

3D printing is revolutionizing regenerative medicine and accelerating the pace of biological discovery via its ability to interweave materials with anatomical accuracy. These capabilities could lead to breakthroughs in the personalization of biomedical devices in the neural regeneration space. The McAlpine Research Group has shown that 3D printing is poised to offer an exciting future in the realization of personalized anatomical nerve regeneration pathways and platforms for point-of-care opportunities from print to patient. Further, this approach could be used to prepare novel biomimetic scaffolds as "living" platforms, in order to develop a clinical implant for treating neurological diseases, including spinal cord injury.