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15 October 2010 Institute of Nanotechnology

Albert Franks Memorial Lecture 2011

The Institute of Nanotechnology is pleased to offer free registration for the lecture

The Albert Franks Memorial Lecture is an annual event organised by the Institute of Nanotechnology
The Albert Franks Memorial Lecture is an annual event organised by the Institute of Nanotechnology.
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Registration is now open for the 2011 Albert Franks Memorial Lecture organised by the Institute of Nanotechnology. The lecture will be given by Professor Ashok Vaseashta, Director, Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence, Norwich University, Applied Research Institutes. Registration is free.

The lecture will take place on the 3rd February 2011 at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London, UK.

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NBIC, GRAIN, BANG, and TechFARM™– Advanced Sciences Convergence for Surveillance of Emerging Science & Technology Trends Abstract

Recent advances in both science and technology have provided the means to study, understand, control, and even manipulate the properties of materials. Various "designer" materials capable of producing devices and systems with remarkable and desired properties have recently been fabricated. Such innovations have occurred in multi-disciplinary environments.

With more sophisticated and comprehensive databases, and more powerful modeling tools; understanding and predicting how technological advances in different disciplines can combine to offer new approaches and solutions to existing problems has become a reality. The process of Advanced Sciences Convergence, presented in this public lecture, focuses on these methodologies and describes how visionary, yet achievable, outcomes may be realized, and analyzes the necessary high-yield and high-risk research to solve Grand Challenges in environment, defence, and security.

One such technological approach will come from the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information processing and cognitive sciences (NBIC) that offers great potential for transformational and revolutionary opportunities with many technological applications. Other acronyms for this convergence include GRAIN (Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Nanotechnology) and BANG (Bits, Atoms, Neurones, and Genes).

"Technology Foresight, Assessment, and Road-Mapping" (TechFARM) is a multi dimensional, futures-oriented modality that has been developed to identify and manage such emerging and/or disruptive science and technology trends. TechFARM is comprehensive and exhaustive, making use of the latest tools such as automated data analysis, mining and surveillance (ADAMS) and new and emerging science and technology surveillance (NESTS) to provide a unique framework of future capabilities that are scientifically feasible, recognized and cross-validated.

Keywords: TechFARM, GRAIN, BANG, ADAMS, NESTS, nanotechnology

Speaker Biography

Prof. Vaseashta received PhD from the Virginia Tech State University, Blacksburg, VA in 1990. Before joining as the Director of the Institutes for Advanced Sciences Convergence and International Clean Water, he served as Professor of Physics/Physical Sciences and Director of research at the NPCL in Graduate Program in Physical Sciences at Marshall University. He holds a visiting Professorship at the 3 Nano-SAE Research Centre, University of Bucharest and is visiting scientist at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center of Nanoscale Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

He served the US Department of State in 2007 as a William C. Foster fellow and currently holds a Franklin fellowship. He has earned several other fellowships and awards for his meritorious service including 2004-05 Distinguished Artist and Scholar award.

His research interests include chem.-bio sensors, counter-terrorism, water safety & security, environmental pollution monitoring & remediation, and green nanotechnology. He authored over 200 research publications, edited/authored four books on nanotechnology, presented many keynote and invited lectures worldwide, served as the Director of three NATO Advanced Study Institutes and co-chair of an International Symposium on Nanotechnology. He is an active member of several national and international professional organizations.

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