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Engineering our future: interdisciplinary perspectives


Monday, October 17, 2016, 16:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2



Hamilton Day panel discussion

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin, where she lectures in Mathematics and Science Education. The focus of the discussion will be how technological advances are improving and shaping our future. Three panellists, from different disciplines, will discuss the topic. The panellists include:

Professor Shafi Goldwasser; the 2016 Hamilton Day speaker; RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT; and Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Her research focuses on modern cryptography. Her pioneering contributions include the introduction of interactive proofs, zero knowledge protocols, hardness of approximation proofs for combinatorial problems, and multi-party secure protocols.

Dr Barbara Lane, Technology Group Leader for Arup in the UK, was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is a Visiting Professor for fire engineering at Edinburgh University. Barbara has a particular interest in the role research and innovation play in transforming the techniques and complex solutions that enable design in the built environment.  

Professor Laoise McNamara is a Personal Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Informatics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She established the Mechanobiology and Medical Device Research team at NUI Galway in 2009. Her research group are using multidisciplinary approaches to derive an understanding of bone mechanobiology and how this process contributes to bone development, physiology and the aetiology of osteoporosis. She was recently awarded a SFI Investigators Grant to focus on identifying new mechanobiology-based therapeutic approaches for treatment of osteoporosis.

Following the panel discussion, the Royal Irish Academy's Hamilton Prize in Mathematics will be presented to the most gifted undergraduate mathematics students in Ireland, as nominated by their institution. 

Hamilton Day is kindly supported by Arup and the Irish Times.

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