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Sydney Science Festival 2018 at UNSW

7 - 19 August 2018
9:00am - 8:00pm
Various

Join our researchers in optometry, quantum physics, marine biology, intelligent machines, sustainable materials, psychology, biotechnology, and more, for tours, talks and workshops across Sydney for Sydney Science Festival 2018 during National Science Week.

Highlights include Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons on the coming revolution in quantum computing, activist Bob Brown on the ongoing battle for the environment, and a robust discussion on what artificial intelligence means not just for human lives, but for the way we understand human intelligence, human values, and humanity itself.

Wednesday 8 August, 6.30 - 8pm
Colour and Vision
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Thursday 9 August, 11am – 2.30pm and 5 – 8.30pm
Operation Crayweed: Seaweed and Seagrass Restoration Workshop
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Saturday 11 August, 10 to 12pm
Tours of UNSW SM@RT e-waste microfactory
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Sunday 12 August, 3 to 3.45pm
Good Robot / Bad Robot: Living with intelligent machines
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Tuesday 14 August, 12.30 to 1.30pm
How are Memories Formed?
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Tuesday 14 August, 6 to 7.15pm
The Einstein Lecture: The Quantum Computing Revolution with Professor Michelle Simmons
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Wednesday 15 August, 6 to 7.15pm
The Jack Beale Lecture : The Battle for the Environment with Bob Brown
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Thursday 15 August, 6 to 7pm
Antimicrobial Resistance: What Should We Do?
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Speakers
Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons

Keynote Speaker

Michelle is a Scientia Professor of Quantum Physics in the Faculty of Science at the UNSW and has twice been an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and is now an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. She is the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology and is recognised internationally as a pioneer in atomic electronics and quantum computing.

Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Speaker

Acclaimed author, photographer and lifelong activist, Bob Brown rose to prominence when he led the campaign to save the Franklin River in the 1980s. After 10 years in the Tasmanian Parliament, Bob was elected to the Senate in 1996 where he served for 16 years. He was leader of the Australian Greens from 2005 to 2012, when he retired from the parliament to establish the Bob Brown Foundation.

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of Australia's digital revolution. He is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW, leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research, and is Guest Professor at TU Berlin.

He has written several books about Artifical Intelligence for a general audience and the latest 2062: The World that AI Made will be published later this year. He regularly appears in the media talking and writing about the impact of AI and robotics and is passionate that limits are placed on AI to ensure the public good. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots").