"TED" talks at EECD Day

Published Jun 03, 2019

At EECS Day we proudly presents the very first speakers at "STAGExEECS", a event with a number of short presentation on interesting subjects. This years theme is "EECS goes life". Warmly welcome!

As a parallell session to the Poster Exhibition, you can listen to some of our interesting researchers and learn more about KTH Innovation.

14.00 – 14:15

Anna Herland: “From Mice to Men” – models of the human brain

The human brain is distinctly different from that of most other mammals in terms of it’s complexity, cellular functionalities and diseases.
Nonetheless, the mouse brain has been the most frequently used model to understand the human brain and develop
drugs to targets its diseases.
We have now developed methods to derive human functional brain cells from stem cells and we are using microengineering to create environments to make them behave in a physiological manner and to design read-out tools to assess their functionality.

14.20 – 14.35

Iolanda Leite: Social Robots in the Wild: Are we there yet? 

As robots move out of controlled industrial and laboratory environments to be deployed in the real world, a long-standing barrier is the need to properly respond and adapt to people and to the complex social dynamics of different environments. I will present current research towards enabling autonomous robots with the social capabilities that will enable them to engage with people over repeated interactions. I will also discuss limitations of the state of the art robotic technology suitable for realistic social environments, arguing that an improved understanding of how robots perceive, reason and act depending on their surrounding social context can lead to more natural and efficient human-robot interactions.

14:40 – 14.55 

Sten Ternström: It’s How You Say It

Your voice communicates what you think, what you feel and who you are - it is hugely important to all of us. Voice and speech-based techniques are now coming of age also for man-machine interaction. But to the engineer, the human voice is a nightmare: a strange collection of elastic, wet and sticky pieces. Its many sounds are produced using many dozens of muscles that set up energy exchanges between solids, fluids and gases. We understand the voice intuitively, but its many degrees of freedom challenge us when we want our machines to recognize speech, diagnose voice disorders, or learn how to sing. I will be showing some of the new analysis and simulation techniques that are being applied for studying and understanding the human voice.

15.00 – 15.15

Daniel Carlsson: How to commercialize your research without becoming an entrepreneur

Research commercialization can be a great way of achieving impact, but can seem risky, time consuming, or sometimes just not very interesting if you’ve chosen a career as a researcher. In this short talk, KTH Innovation will share ways of commercializing your research without losing focus of your career in academia.