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Durham University

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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


 

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Events for 23 January 2020

Material Imagination - Symposium: Living innovation: interdisciplinary approaches to research on living materials

9:00am to 5:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University

Contact tiago.moreira@durham.ac.uk; margarita.staykova@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Farshad Arvin: Swarm Robotics: from Bio-inspiration to Real-world Application

1:00pm, E240

Bio-inspired Swarm Robotics aims to control a large number of simple robots by applying control mechanisms that are inspired by nature. There are various bio-inspired control mechanisms such as flocking, aggregation, exploration, and collective transportation, which can be used in real-world applications. Swarm systems showed many advantages, such as adaptability, robustness, and scalability. However, it must be noted that swarm systems have not found their way from laboratory demonstrations to real-world applications. Therefore, in Swarm and Computational Intelligence Lab (SwaCIL) at the University of Manchester, we are working on several potential researches that can facilitate the application of swarm robotics in real-world scenarios, e.g. Agriculture or Extreme Environments. The presentation will cover three topics: 1) Introduction to the University of Manchester Robotics, 2) Robotic platforms which have been developed and used in our lab, and 3) Bio-inspired swarm robotics researches

Contact innovative.computing@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Diego Blas: Detecting light dark matter with atomic clocks and magnetometers

2:00pm, OC218

In this talk I’ll describe how to use atomic clocks and co-magnetometers for direct detection of light dark matter candidates. These candidates are well motivated theoretically but are hard to detect in more traditional searchers due to their small momentum.

Contact stefano.cremonesi@durham.ac.uk, p.e.dorey@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Philipp Reiser : Moduli spaces of Riemannian metrics with positive scalar curvature on topological spherical space forms

5:05pm, CM301

Let M be a spherical space form of dimension at least 5 which is not simply-connected. Then the moduli space of Riemannian metrics with positive scalar curvature on M has infinitely many path components as shown by Boris Botvinnik and Peter B. Gilkey in 1996. We will review this theorem which involves twisted spin structures, suitable bordism groups and eta invariants. We then show that it can be generalized to the class of topological spherical space forms, i.e. smooth manifolds whose universal cover is a homotopy sphere.

Contact mark.a.powell@durham.ac.uk, andrew.lobb@durham.ac.uk, wilhelm.klingenberg@durham.ac.uk, fernando.galaz-garcia@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.