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Stephen Emmott
 
On the Edge of Change -seminar
16.5.
13:30-15:00
Sampo Hall
This seminar looks at change as an event, especially from the perspective of technology and science. In his lecture, Professor Stephen Emmott will discuss the findings of a group of internationally distinguished scientists on the role and future of science in 2020. In his introduction to the SCIENCE 2020 report, Emmott writes: "Fourteen years is a long time to look in to the future. That is why the report is not an attempt to predict or "forecast" it. Instead, the starting point was simply to consider what we (and most) believe will be some of the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities in the 21st century that urgently require scientific advances to be addressed".

Stephen Emmott
Director and Founder, European Science Initiative
Microsoft Research Cambridge
Microsoft Corp.

Stephen Emmott is director and founder of Microsoft Corp’s European Science Initiative, which is focused on research at the intersection of computing and the sciences and aims to enable and accelerate “new kinds” of science and computing. He is also head of the Computational Biology Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Emmott has worked in research fields at the intersection of computing and science for almost two decades through appointments at AT&T Bell Laboratories; BT Laboratories; as founder, chief scientist and director of NCR Corp’s advanced research lab; at University College London; and at the University of Stirling Centre for Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience.

His work has been featured in Nature, Science, The Economist, the BBC, The Financial Times, MIT Technology Review, The New York Times and The Times. Emmott initiated and led the Towards 2020 Science project and report, which was the cover feature of Nature in March 2006.

Emmott is a scientific advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was a member of the UK government’s Science and Innovation Framework committee and has been advisor to the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK; the Swiss National Science Foundation; the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation; the World Trade Organization; and the UK Department of Trade and Industry.

Emmott holds a PhD in computational neuroscience and a BSc (first class) in biological science (experimental psychology) from York University, UK. He is a professor of computational science at the University of Oxford and visiting professor of intelligent systems at University College London.


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