Conference 3 Dec - 6 Dec Exhibition 4 Dec - 6 Dec


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    01 Full Conference 1 - Full Conference One Day 03 Basic Conference

    More Than Skin Deep

    Thursday, 04 December

    14:15 - 16:00

    Bougainvillea Hall

    When does a model stop being a model and start to become real? When can your simulation behave so accurately that it is not just indistinguishable from reality, it can be used to predict reality? When can your model be used to explore variations of truth, altered realities, that could one day come true? Answer: When your model exploits a deeper understanding of the physical behaviour of systems. In this talk Peter Bentley describes how biological systems such as evolution, growth, immune systems, can be used to inspire graphical models with examples from his lab (art installations, collaborations with special effects companies, collaborations with biologists). He describes how interdisciplinary research enables these different forms of models and how the models provide new understandings of the phenomena being modelled (e.g. tumour development, derivative trading, the growth of mobile app stores). Finally he describes how this form of research can lead to a new understanding of how our technology could work differently (distributed, random, parallel, homeostasis, emergent), with implications for computer architectures of the future.

    Presenter: Dr Peter J. Bentley

    Honorary Reader and Senior College Fellow
    Department of Computer Science
    University College London

    Dr. Peter J. Bentley is an Honorary Reader and Senior College Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL), Collaborating Professor at the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST), co-founder of Kazoova Ltd, a consultant and a freelance writer. Previously he was also a Visting Fellow at SIMTech, A*STAR, Singapore, Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, London, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and a contributing editor for WIRED UK. He achieved a B.Sc. (Hon's) degree in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) in 1993 and a Ph.D. in evolutionary computation applied to design in 1996, at the age of 24.

    Peter runs the Digital Biology Interest Group at UCL. His research investigates evolutionary algorithms, computational development, artificial immune systems, swarming systems and other complex systems, applied to diverse applications including design, control, novel robotics, nanotechnology, fraud detection, mobile wireless devices, security, art and music composition. He is also author of the number one bestselling iPhone app iStethoscope Pro. Peter was nominated for the $100,000 Edge of Computation Prize in 2005, and was a finalist for the AAAS 2010 Science Books & Films Prize. Through his research and his books he often gives public lectures, takes part in debates, and appears on radio and television; he was the host of the monthly Royal Institution's Cafe Scientifique, and a Science Media Expert for the RI Science Media Centre. He regularly gives plenary speeches at international scientific conferences and is a consultant, convenor, chair and reviewer for workshops, conferences, journals and books in the field of evolutionary computation and complex systems.

    He has published over 250 scientific papers and is editor of the books "Evolutionary Design by Computers","Creative Evolutionary Systems" and "On Growth, Form and Computers", and author of "The PhD Application Handbook" and the popular science books "Digital Biology", "The Book of Numbers", "The Undercover Scientist" and "Digitized."

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