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EE Graduate Seminar: Evolutionary complexity and the imitation game of Nature

Start Date: November 18, 2018
End Date: November 18, 2018

By Professor Andrea Fratalocchi (KAUST)
Natural evolution has resulted in a multitude of multicellular organisms, which routinely use optimized nanostructures to perform complex operations. Although the working principle of these systems is still unclear, their common denominator is the presence of many interacting and fully heterogeneous units. Evolutionary complexity aims at understanding the fundamental principles that govern such systems, exploiting their unique properties to create novel nanostructures leading to diverse technologies. In this presentation, I summarize recent research in the field, discussing both fundamental and applied aspects. These encompass the exploitation of irreversible chaotic dynamics for energy harvesting, the control of rare catastrophic events at nanoscale, coherent light generation from black-bodies, biomimetic nanomaterials with unique properties, record performing photocatalysis membranes generated by warped spaces, early stage cancer detection, and optical neural networks.
Bio: AF is an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at KAUST University. He joined KAUST in January 2011 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to joining KAUST, Andrea Fratalocchi was a Research Fellow of Sapienza University of Rome. From 2007 to 2009, Andrea Fratalocchi worked as a post‐doctoral researcher at Sapienza University. Andrea Fratalocchi is the group leader of PRIMALIGHT, which focuses on providing new sustainable photonics technologies for energy, medicine and material science.

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Date: Sunday 18th Nov 2018
Time:12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 1 Room 2322
Refreshments: Light lunch will be served at 11:45