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Sixth Form Lecture Series

Join us for the Spring Term Sixth Form Lecture Series, as we welcomed a host of varied lectures from some of the most experienced professionals in the country.

We hope you find the carefully curated programme both interesting and inspiring.

All lectures will take place in the Chemistry Lecture Theatre and will be followed by food in the Sixth Form Centre.

For more information please contact David Jordan.

Jon Timmis - Robotics

It might seem strange to think that biology has a lot to teach people who design the next generation of robotic systems. This talk will explore the exciting interaction between biology and engineering, and discuss how ants can be inspiration for the design of “swarm” robotic systems, how the protection afforded by the immune system can be used to inspire the creation of self-healing robots and how the evolutionary process can be used to potentially inspire the design of self-sustaining, robotic systems. 

Prof Timmis is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the University of York, with the portfolio of Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange. Prof Timmis also holds an academic position at York, and is Professor of Intelligent and Adaptive Systems in the Department of Electronic Engineering.

His research cuts across many areas, but most of his work revolves around immunology, either developing computational models of immune function (computational immunology), evidencing of models and simulation, and  fault-tolerance in robotic systems, mainly swarm robotic systems, achieved via bio-inspired engineering. 

Prof Timmis studied Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science, Aberystwyth University and studied for his PhD in the same department in the area of artificial intelligence.  He moved to the University of Kent in 2000 as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer at the School of Computing at the University of Kent.  He then moved to York in 2005 to take up a position of Reader in a joint appointment between the Departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.  In 2008 he was promoted to Professor (personal chair) and since August 2013 he has  held a full-time position in the Department of Electronic Engineering.

Prof Timmis held a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award (April 2011 - March 2016) a highly prestigious Fellowship from the Society (the world’s oldest scientific society) and also held a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow (March 2014 - September 2015), again another prestigious fellowship from the Academy, which allowed him time to focus on the commercialisation of his research in the area of modelling and simulation, which resulted in the formation of his company, SimOmics, which he ran as CEO for 4 years, and now serves as Chairman.   

Interested? Secure your place by booking online.



Date: 07 Mar 2019
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Location: Worksop College
Price Free
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