Traditional science and engineering methods control as many variables in an experiment as possible to increase confidence in narrow hypotheses. This directly opposes the broader needs of society during adverse events – where we cannot control changing circumstance.
As a mathematician and roboticist, I have been lucky enough to work on many complex projects like developing algorithms for a NASA humanoid robot to balance, navigate and manipulate objects autonomously; in preparation for deployment on Mars. However, I am fascinated with the question of how the latest advances in my field can help tackle some of the biggest and most intriguing healthcare challenges of our generation.
Are you a naturally curious person? Following on from the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s successful Tea & Talk series held during their Curious 2019 summer events programme, the concept has been developed for a digital format to provide access to experts talking on a wide range of subjects and provide the opportunity for listeners to learn something new, expand their horizons and hear from national and world experts in their respective disciplines.
The RSE recognises excellence through awarding a number of medals, grants, scholarships and fellowships. In this event programme, details on the 2019 awardees are listed, along with information on each RSE award, case studies and impact figures.