“The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting, fun, relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out. It is run by volunteers and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012. The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in pubs across the world.”
Last year, OTs in London went along to the Horse Pub to listen to Dr Vaughan Bell speak about the psychology and neuroscience of hearing voices, and Professor Sir Simon Wessely debunk the myths of military mental health.
This year, we are going to the following events – and you are welcome to join us! (Tickets cost £4 and can be purchased on the Pint of Science website)
- Monday 23rd May 2016 at The Green: ‘Bang Your Heads Together’ (click here for OTs in London Facebook event)
“Brain, what a marvellous organ. What goes on in our brains? We’ve all been there – sat across the table from each other on a first date. Have you ever wondered what the other was thinking? If they found you romantically attractive? Come join us to find out! We will be discussing the psychology of romance and romantic attraction. But it’s not over yet, what happens if our brain is deprived of oxygen at birth? What can science do to help and avoid the dramatic consequences of neurotrauma?”
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ROMANCE AND ROMANTIC ATTRACTION
Dr Martin Graff (Reader in Psychology )
Why attraction is important to us? What are the gender differences in attraction, and what features men and women find attractive? I will also discuss how our levels of attractiveness are perceived to alter at certain times, in addition to covering the utility of studying attraction and the other positive features which are related to levels of attraction. The talk will also look at online dating, and give some research based advice on this. The session will conclude by considering differences between males and females in what they seek in a romantic partner.
NEUROTRAUMA: CAN WE SAVE NEWBORNS WITH BRAIN INJURIES?
Dr Ping Yip (Non-clinical Lecturer in Neurotrauma)
Newborn babies can suffer deprivation of oxygen and/or blood supply anytime during or before birth, often with no identifiable cause, resulting in disability or death in moderate to severe cases. This type of brain injury or neurotrauma can occur up to 4/1000 live births in western countries. Therefore, there is a desperate need understand brain injury for brain-saving treatments. Our research involves studying biological markers from a small amount of blood of brain-injured babies using the latest technologies to determine the level of damage in an injured newborn brain.
- Wednesday 25th May 2016 at The Bolton: ‘Through the “Eyes” of a Robot’ (click here for OTs in London Facebook event)
“How do robots actually perceive the world? Sci-fi movies such as Star Wars and Ex Machina have shown us how the robots of the future might become perfectly autonomous machines, capable of interpreting their surroundings, making decisions, and sensing human emotions. But how are we stepping towards this human-level artificial intelligence? This event takes place on the first floor, only accessible by stairs.”
WHAT CAN AUTOMATIC FACE ANALYSIS DO FOR US?
Professor Maja Pantic (Affective & Behavioural Computing, Imperial College London & University of Twente)
The human face is our main means to communicate our identity and send social signals. This talk will demonstrate how facial expressions can be automatically sensed and analysed by computers. Maja will present her research on machine understanding of human behaviour, including vision-based detection, tracking, and analysis of human behaviour like facial expressions, body gestures, laughter, and social signals.
DOMESTIC ROBOTS FOR THE FUTURE
Dr Edward Johns (Dyson Fellow at Imperial College London)
Imagine that you are a robot and you need to clear a messy table. You try to observe the local environment through your visual sensors, which present the environment as a bunch of numbers. How would you interpret these data? Edward will discuss how robots can learn visual perception autonomously and show you how robots of the future may be able to clean up your house without burning it down!