Engineering & Technology Day – Gallery Stage

Pop into the Gallery for free, drop-in talks on a broad range of subjects including internet privacy, artificial intelligence and genomic technologies. First come, first served.


The Advantages of Being a Disabled Scientist
Age: 7+

Katherine DeaneDisability shouldn’t be viewed as a barrier to being an excellent scientist. With a diversity of viewpoints and perspectives, people with disabilities contribute to science research with an additional skillset borne from learning to navigate a world which wasn’t designed for them. Problem-solving, communication, resilience and creativity are advantageous pathways of critical thinking towards reaching new scientific breakthroughs.

In this talk, UEA’s Dr Katherine Deane will challenge the negative bias often associated with being a disabled scientist. Dr Katherine Deane is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Plus BSL interpreter.

British Sign Language used here

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The Human Mosaic
Age: 10+

mosaicOver your lifetime, you have expanded from a single cell into a coordinated assembly of over 30,000,000,000,000 cells – 100 times the number of stars in the Milky Way. Your cells – like tiles in a mosaic – are diverse in size, shape, function and identity, but work collectively sustain and maintain life.

In this talk, Iain Macaulay from the Earlham Institute will explore how new genomic technologies are allowing us to explore this extraordinary mosaic in unprecedented detail.

Dr Iain Macaulay is a Group Leader in Technical Development at the Earlham Institute on the Norwich Research Park. Iain’s group is especially interested in analysing the genome of single cells – just one among the 30,000,000,000,000 that make up an adult human – which can tell us a lot more about how our bodies develop over time.

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Internet Privacy: Why it’s Hard to Protect and Why it Matters
Age: 10+

codingThe internet invades every corner of our lives, from talking to friends to managing finances. It’s your source of news, your route to entertainment, your pathway to new jobs… and it’s even how you find love.

Every action that you take online generates more data, which can reveal a lot about you – potentially much more than you even know about yourself! From the perspectives of computer science and law, join UEA’s Dr Oliver Buckley and Dr Paul Bernal to decipher the 0s and 1s.

This talk combines the perspectives of computer science and law, bringing together UEA’s Dr Oliver Buckley, from the School of Computing Sciences and Dr Paul Bernal from the Norwich Law School.

Dr Paul Bernal is a Senior Lecturer in the Norwich Law School at the University of East Anglia.

Dr Oliver Buckley is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security in the School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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Artificial Intelligence: Hype or the Real Deal?
Age: 12+

How can we use machine learning and robots to help us feed the world? How advanced are these technologies, and is the hype around artificial intelligence the real deal? In this talk, Danny Reynolds introduces how we are helping to push the frontiers of modern agriculture using such methods.

The integration of machine learning, computer vision, high-throughput data analysis and life sciences is opening-up new approaches to move plant research into a new era. Very complicated rules can be dynamically generated from multi-dimensional biological datasets for classifying samples as well as predicting complex biological trends, the power that is likely to establish an accurate characterisation system to unravel the genetics of phenotypes at the cell, organ, tissue, and population levels, at different developmental stages and in different environments.

In this talk, Danny Reynolds introduces AI-based multi-scale plant phenotyping and phenotypic analysis at Norwich Research Park, including AirSurf (an automatic aerial imagery analysis system), CropQuant (a distributed in-field crop monitoring platform), and SeedGerm (machine-learning based seed screening platform). Based on IoT technology, distributed computing, embedded artificial intelligence and big data management (e.g. CropSight), he introduces how AI has benefited life sciences in terms of data management, plant growth and development, key yield-related traits, and genotype-environment interaction (GxE) studies.

Danny Reynolds is a postdoctoral scientist in the Zhou Group at the Earlham Institute on the Norwich Research Park. Danny is involved in active development and improvement of the crop monitoring workstation, enhancing the platform infrastructure and existing software applications.

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Friday 25 October
Venue: The Forum’s Gallery
Cost: Free, drop-in