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Seeing What You Think: The Future of Artificial Intelligence-Driven Quantum Cameras



Seeing What You Think: The Future of Artificial Intelligence-Driven Quantum Cameras

The Italian Institute of Culture and the Italian Consulate, in collaboration with Italian Academics in Scotland, are pleased to announce a series of events where science meets the general public.

During this second event, Daniele Faccio will explain how a new camera technology, combined with artificial neural networks and artificial intelligence (AI), allows scientists to interpret the camera data, and start to take images that have the potential to revolutionise future society.

In conversation with Raffaella Ocone, Daniele will discuss about a specific example, imaging behind walls and around corners, before moving on to talk about the fascinating prospect of future cameras that can see inside your body or inside your brain. Such cameras could provide wearable technology that reads blood flow in the brain and relates this to thought processes.

The open discussion on the implications of portable or wearable brain-reading technology will touch upon medical and ethical aspects.


Daniele Faccio is a Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technologies and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He joined the University of Glasgow in 2017 as Professor in Quantum Technologies and is adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson (USA). From 2013-2017, he was professor and deputy director of the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. He has been visiting scientist at MIT (USA), Marie-Curie fellow at ICFO, Barcelona (Spain) and EU-ERC fellow 2012-2017. He was awarded several funds and prizes. His research focuses on the physics of light to answer fundamental questions and on how we harness light to improve society.

Raffaella Ocone obtained her first degree in Chemical Engineering from the Università di Napoli, Italy and her MA and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, USA. She holds the Chair of Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) since 1995, where she is the Head of the Multiphase Multiscale Engineering Modelling (MMEM) research group. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2007 she was conferred the title of Cavaliere (Knight) of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity from the Italian Republic. In The Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours she was appointed OBE for services to engineering. She has worked in several highly recognised institutions in Italy, France, Germany and the USA. Her main area of research is in the field of modelling complex (multi-phase) reactive systems.

In collaboration with: Heriot-Watt University (HWU), University of Glasgow and Italian Consulate General in Edinburgh


Data: Gio 20 Giu 2019

Orario: Alle 18:00

Organizzato da : Italian Institute of Culture

In collaborazione con : Heriot-Watt University (HWU), University of Glasgow and Italian Consulate General in Edinburgh

Ingresso : Libero

Massimo numero di partecipanti raggiunto


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