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Invited Speakers

Kathryn Hess Bellwald
(Professor of Mathematics @ EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Kathryn Hess is a professor of mathematics at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL). She is trained as a topologist, a branch of pure mathematics that concerns itself with the study of shapes. Kathryn is known for her work on homotopy theory, category theory, and algebraic theory, both pure and applied. In particular, she applies methods of algebraic topology to neuroscience.


Marco Cuturi
(Researcher @ Google Brain, Paris, France, Professor for statistics @ CRESTENSAE, Paris, France)

Marco Cuturi is working in machine learning and in particular its connections to optimal transport. In his research he aims to extend optimal transport using entropic regularization, which has increased interest in optimal transport and Wasserstein distances in the machine learning community. His recent work is focused in applying that loss function to problems involving general probability distributions.


Emmanuel Fort
(Professor of Physics @ ESPCI, Paris, France)

Emmanuel Fort investigates in his Lab not only space-time transformations in water waves; he also utilizes the interaction of liquids and bouncing liquid droplets as Turing machines (basic computers). Moreover, Emmanuel Fort advances supercritical angle fluorescence microscopy for e.g. biological samples.
See a demonstrative video of an experiment here!


Lawrence Parsons
(Professor @ University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

Lawrence Parsons is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience formerly in the Department of Psychology at University of Sheffield. His research aims at understanding skills related to music such as singing, improvising, dancing, and rhythm perception in the context of other human capacities such as mathematics, language and reasoning or deductive inference. What is the neuroscience of inferential reasoning and the function of the cerebellum in action and body cognition, spatial reasoning and object recognition.
See an interesting podium discussion with Lawrence Parsons here!


Milka Sarris
(Principal investigator @ University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)

Milka Sarris’s group focuses on the interpretation of complex spatial and chemical cues by leukocytes (cells of the immune system) to achieve migration. Those cells must traverse a huge variety of different tissue environments to exert their immunological function at areas that are injured or infected. By using advanced in vivo imaging techniques on zebrafish larvae combined with genetic and chemical manipulations, they try to understand how leukocytes are guided to the site of interest. Milka Sarris is thereby also trying to extend the knowledge about processing spatial cues in eukaryotic cells in general.


Adriana Schulz’s research focuses on computational design for manufacturing. She creates interactive tools enabling the design of complex functional mechanisms with optimized geometry, motion and control. This especially draws attention because 3D printers and industrial robots begin to reshape manufacturing.

Talk Title: Computational Design for the Next Manufacturing Revolution

Gerard Talavera works on the evolution of migratory strategies for butterflies, e.g. why do they migrate or how do species disperse. In order to address these questions, he combines population genetics, phylogeography, genomics, behavioral tests, ecological niche modelling and fieldwork. He analyzes the evolution of migration, the ecology of long-range movements, migratory routes and the genetic diversity across space.