Better, Faster, Stronger
Friday | March 27th 2020
Friday | March 27th 2020
Everyone of us considers themselves to be the utmost example of human evolution. Nevertheless, are we as good as we might think?
What if we were able to expand our own intelligence and senses? Maybe revert ageing, or even immortalize our mind? What about altering the shape of our own bodies, or even redesign all Humanity?
Conquering perfection no longer belongs to a futuristic vision of our world; it belongs, yet, to the essence of the human being, who constantly thrives to challenge its unique biological limitations. The 11th AIMS Meeting will emerge with unsettling questions showing how “Upgrade Yourself” is here to stay and how, in the near future, we might become better, faster and stronger.
Miguel Nicolelis is a Duke University Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology and Neurosciences and founder of Duke’s Center for Neuroengineering. He is also founder of the Walk Again Project, an international consortium of scientists and engineers, dedicated to the development of an exoskeleton device to assist severely paralised patients in regaining full body mobility. Professor Nicolelis has dedicated his career to investigate how the brain encodes sensory and motor information and was first to demonstrate that animals and humans can use their electrical brain activity to directly control neuroprosthetic devices via Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI). Although he is best known for his pioneering studies in BMI and neuroprosthetics, he and his team have also developed an integrative approach to studying neurological and psychiatric disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. His method, known as chronic, multi-site, multi-electrode recordings, has become extremely influential and has been incorporated in numerous neuroscience laboratories throughout the world. His lab’s work was publicly seen when a brain-controlled exoskeleton from his lab helped Juliano Pinto, a paraplegic man, kick the first ball at the 2014 World Cup. Professor Nicolelis’ research has been higlighted as one of the Top 10 Emerging Technologies by the MIT Review. He has been awarded twice the DARPA Award for Sustained Excellence by a Performer and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Technology Leaders in America in 2004.
Edward is an expertise in genome editing and has long-been interested in the science and policy of biotechnology. In an increasingly biotech-enabled world, he has been a mover and shaker in the biosecurity policy arena, and is primarily interested in fostering bio-literacy amongst the professionals that need to engage with biologists in the coming years, namely politicians, security professionals, developers, designers, and the public. In 2017 he was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech in Europe and nominated to the Kairos 50. Edward holds a BSc in Bioveterinary Science from London’s Royal Veterinary College and an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge. Edward leads venture creation in food and agriculture at Deep Science Ventures, where he develops science companies from scratch to transform the way humans produce and consume food. He also serves as Principal at Arkurity, a company focused on biosecurity. He formerly co-founded Desktop Genetics, a provider of CRISPR genome editing tools and was the UK Ambassador for Hello Tomorrow, a global organisation on a mission to unlock the potential of deep technologies to solve the world’s toughest environmental, industrial and societal challenges. He has previously worked at the European Union.
Embriologist, IVF Lab director at IVI Lisbon, President of the Embriology Section of the Portuguese Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Medical doctor specialized in reconstructive and aesthetical surgery. Master degree in Human Sexuality by University of Massachusetts Medical School. Member of the Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetics Surgery’s Portuguese Society, the Hand Surgery’s Portuguese Society, the Burn’s Portuguese Society, the Anatomy’s Portuguese Society, the European Plastic Surgery Research Council and also of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. Professor at the Faculty of Engineering from the University of Porto. Coordinator of the International Commission for Scientific Follow-up at INESC Porto. Founder and Director of the University of Florida Computational NeuroEngineering Laboratory (CNEL). Past president of the International Neural Network Society (INNS). Former member of the Advisory Science Board of the FDA. Career Achievement Award and Neural Network Pioneer Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).