October 26, 2018

Save the date: Discovery Park's Convergence Conference coming in January

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Discovery Park will hold its third annual Conference on Convergence and the Future of Research on Jan. 24. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 1 to 6:30 p.m. It will include a series of Voss Talks (TED-style talks) presented by the winners of Discovery Park's Big Idea Challenge, followed by a panel discussion. A reception for speakers and attendees will follow the conference.

“The Discovery Park Big Idea Challenge was launched in May 2017 with the purpose of bringing together interdisciplinary teams that would develop convergent approaches to solving grand challenge problems,” says Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park. “Enormous progress has been made in the ensuing 18 months, and these presentations will highlight how these teams are creating new areas of research strength at Purdue, and impacting their fields in unprecedented ways.”

The Voss Talks topics and speakers are:

• Managing the Global Commons:  Sustainable Agriculture and Use of World’s Land and Water Resources — Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics.

• Harnessing Technology and Information Fusion to Enable Resilient and Sustainable Food-Water Balance under Evolving Environmental Conditions — David S. Ebert, Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

• Affordable Net Zero Housing and Transportation Solutions – Leigh Raymond, professor of political science.

• Photonics Science and Technologies for Security, Energy, and Healthcare Applications — Yong Chen, associate director of research of Birck Nanotechnology Center, director of Purdue Quantum Center, and professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

• Towards Cyber-Physical Vetting of Critical Infrastructures — Dongyan Xu, professor of computer science.

• Realizing Next-Generation Smart Manufacturing — Nathan Hartman, Dauch Family Endowed Professor and associate head, Department of Computer Graphics Technology, and director of Purdue’s Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence.

• Revolutionizing Control of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases — Catherine Hill, professor of entomology and vector biology, Department of Entomology.

The Voss Talks are named in memory of Purdue alumna Janice Voss, a pioneer in space travel for women. Logging five flights, she spent a total of 49 days in space and traveled 18.8 million miles in 779 Earth orbits.

Look for more information about this conference in the upcoming weeks.

Writer:  Elizabeth Harwood, 765-494-7324, eharwood@purdue.edu

Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, tddlr@purdue.edu 

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