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Falling Walls Q&A and Community Session: Engineering and Technology

Falling Walls Foundation

Ask the Winners any question in this interactive session

Questions anyone? A matched round of Winners from the category Engineering and Technology will answer any questions from the audience. This Q&A-session is moderated.

 

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ROOM 1: SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

How can new advances in engineering and technology be leveraged to ensure a more sustainable future? Stefan Brendelberger’s technology converts concentrated solar energy water and CO2 into renewable kerosene, to replace fossil fuels in the aviation sector. Karen Scrivener works on the scientific fundamentals and practical realities of cement. She has come up with a solution that reduces CO2 emissions in cement production, to ensure that housing and infrastructure are safe and affordable as well as more sustainable.

ROOM 2: ADVANCES FOR HEALTHCARE

How are some of the latest feats in technology being harnessed for medical purposes? Metin Sitti has created wireless, soft, miniature mobile robots, inspired by soft-bodied tiny animals that can navigate and function safely inside the human body. Simone Schürle develops diagnostic and therapeutic systems at the nano-and microscale with the aim to tackle a range of challenging problems in health care, including a recent breakthrough using micro-magnets to improve targeted drug delivery.

ROOM 3: MATHS, AI AND NANOTECH

Alessio Figalli devises creative new tools and techniques to solve mathematical questions. He has used optimal transport theory to mathematically understand a great range of systems in nature, the atmosphere and machine learning. Stefan Tautz has achieved a breakthrough in nanofabrication through the first-ever combination of AI and nanotechnology, whereby an autonomous artificial intelligence learns to grip and move molecules.

ROOM 4: EFFICIENT BATTERIES FOR CLEAN ENERGY

How can we ensure more efficient, safer and greener batteries? Yi-Chun Lu explores safe alternatives to batteries used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics, which are both flammable and toxic. Yi Cui has pioneered nanotechnology-based materials design to enable novel breakthrough materials which have ten times higher charge storage capacity than the current technology, a key element to clean energy strategies.

ROOM 5: INTERDISCIPLINARY SOLUTIONS

Teodoro Laino leads a pioneering project integrating AI, Cloud and Automation to accelerate a new way of doing chemistry that is more digital and without the need for chemists to be in the lab. Christian Koos tackles the problem of limited bandwidth by combining electronics with photonic circuits and with optical frequency combs as ultra-precise clocks. This approach unlocks a wealth of applications – from ultra-fast data communications to material analysis.

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