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Great minds on Innovation – in celebration of Ada Lovelace & modern scientific computing

element14 the leading online community for Electronic Engineers, will support the aims of Ada Lovelace Day on the 7th of October 2011 by hosting a virtual series of talks by leading technologists and innovators across different countries. Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.


Biographies of speakers:

Rachel Armstrong, Sustainability Innovator and Senior TED Fellow

Rachel Armstrong innovates and designs sustainable solutions for the built and natural environment using advanced new technologies such as, Synthetic Biology – the rational engineering of living systems - and smart chemistry, smart ‘living’ materials and sustainable design. In her talk she discusses how this relates to the revolutionary concept of NBIC convergence - the unification of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technologies and cognitive science.


Her award winning research underpins her bold approach to the way that she challenges perceptions, presumptions and established principles related to scientific concepts and the building blocks of life and society. She discusses in detail how the intersection of cybernetics, architecture, engineering and design have allowed an experimental platform to test out what engineering systems of the future could ‘feel’ like and interact with groups of individuals like a living organisms. She embodies and promotes new transferrable ways of thinking ‘outside of the box’ and we are very excited to have as one of the key innovators in support of Ada Lovelace Day.

"Scientists need to work outside their own areas of expertise to make new technologies that are pertinent to the 21st century and to collaborate, both with other scientific disciplines and the arts and humanities." Rachel Armstrong


Read Dr Rachel Armstrong's article on reshaping the modern cities (05 October 2011) in : Find it here and her WIRED blog on new infrastructures (06 October 2011): Find it here



Jennifer Vaughan, Managing Director, The Planetary Society
- featuring Dr Bruce Betts, Director of Projects

Jennifer Vaughan leads the operational projects, outreach and advocacy activities at the world’s largest public space organisation The Planetary Society, founded by visionaries Carl Sagan, Louis Freidman and Bruce Murray. Dedicated to exploring the solar system and seeking life beyond Earth, The Planetary Society has an outstanding history of funding, supporting and running public and collaborative engineering projects: including the world famous Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program which has grown to encompass searches in radio and optical wavelengths from the northern and southern hemispheres of our planet and best known for SETI@home, the largest distributed computing experiment on Earth.


Most exciting is TPS’ current portfolio of projects includes an impressive range of citizen collaborations leading to breakthroughs like the Phobos Life experiment, LightSail – a project to demonstrate the revoluntary concept of Solar Sailing and ultimately preparing a human to land on Mars. All of these programs take the world of programming, computing and scientific collaboration for research to the next level to help humanity understand our place in the universe.


See a video by the IET in celebration of Ada Lovelace day 2010.



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    Oct 7, 2011 8:00 AM CDT (America/Chicago)
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    Oct 8, 2011 10:00 AM CDT (America/Chicago)
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