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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics


Venue: Pippard Lecture Theatre, Cavendish Laboratory
Date: 28th September 2015
Registration from 9:30 with drinks reception from 16:30

The theme for the fourth annual Winton Symposium will be “Green Computing”.  The one-day Symposium will cover topics ranging from new materials and architectures for low power consumption computing, to computer-based applications which can benefit our environment.

There is no registration fee for the Symposium and complimentary lunch and drinks reception will be provided, however due to the large demand for places, participants are required to register on-line for the event.  The event is open for all to attend.

The opening speaker for the Symposium will be Dr Mike Lynch, founder of Invoke Capital and Autonomy.  Autonomy now part of HP is a global leader in software that processes human information or unstructured data. His talk will be "The green light for new compute: What will we need all that compute for?"

Professor Andy Hopper, Head of Department, The Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, will discuss how to harness the power of computing technology to generate a better understanding of the Earth and its environment. His talk "Computing for the future of the planet" will cover the consumption of energy by computing and balance this with the numerous benefits that can be achieved.

Dr Krisztián Flautner, former VP of R&D at ARM who now leads ARM's Internet of Things Business Unit, will focus on the challenges and opportunities and the current sate of play in various segments of the Internet of Things in his talk, "From Ubiquitous computing to the Internet of Things and beyond".  ARM  designs scalable, energy efficient-processors and was voted in 2014 by Forbes as the third most innovative company in the world. The company is also one of Cambridge's most successful and has shipped over 60 billion ARM-based chips, with ARM technology in use in 95% of smart phones.

Professor Luca Cardelli, Microsoft Research and University of Oxford, will give a talk on "Molecular Programming".  He will discuss how encoded information in DNA can determine their physical properties and explore the possibilities of using DNA for new computing architectures.

"New Materials and Approaches for Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage" is the title of the talk by Professor Linda Nazar, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo.  She has being named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honours, for her work on advanced battery systems for clean-energy storage.

Professor Hideo Ohno, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, is one of the founders of the field of Spintronics, where device functionality exploits the electron spin degree of freedom.  His talk 'Nonvolatile VLSI made possible by Spintronics" will describe prospects of devices based on spin with very low power consumption.

The symposium is organised by Professor Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics and Director of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability and Dr Nalin Patel the Winton Programme Manager.

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