Arthur Holland Michel

Drones 101 - A Compendium of the Key Issues

When Arthur Holland Michel and his colleagues at Bard College founded the Center for the Study of the Drone in 2012, they already had a sense that drones were going to become a significant topic, presenting society with a range of unfamiliar challenges and opportunities. But in the five years since then, drones have become a worldwide phenomenon that has entirely outstripped everyone's wildest expectations.

Drones are now used for everything from delivering urgent medical supplies in Rwanda to dazzling spectators at Disney World. They have saved lives and sparked complex and divisive controversies that have left regulators scrambling to catch up with a technology that shows no sign of slowing down. How can we stay on top of this issue and get ahead of the technology? How do we balance the remarkable opportunities afforded by drones against concerns around privacy, safety, and ethics? What will be the new normal in a drone-filled world?

Arthur joins PI to give a comprehensive overview of the key opportunities, challenges and the latest research into the extraordinary future of drone technology.

Rafael - Bjoern Hoffner

Big Data and the Human Factor in Football

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has been the first club a soccer club in the German Bundesliga to collect and analyse data. In cooperation with SAP Big Data and the Internet of Things enables the club to analyze their players’ activities data individually, predict potential performance fluctuations and customise training levels to make sure that each player stays in his own maximum performance zone. Furthermore, data and virtual reality technologies are used to increase the technical as well as cognitive skills of young players and promote their career development.

In this interview Rafael highlights what important role technology can play and how real-time data help the entire team to break down the complexity of a game to train the specific technical, tactical, physical and psychological elements that can make the difference between winning and losing.

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • Reliability of data in a complex environment with external variables
  • Leveraging new technologies like virtual reality to improve individual performances
  • Acceptance of new technologies in professional football and sports
  • The human factor and the limits of Big Data in football
  • General digital trend in sports and the impact on football as profession

Mark Chapman

Designing the World Land Speed Record

To break their existing landspeed record, the Bloodhound SSC team are pushing the boundaries of technology and engineering, aiming to take a car towards 1,000 mph (1,610km/h). That's faster than the bullet from a Magnum 357 or equivalent to the length of four and a half football pitches in 1 second.

In this PI Keynote we hear firsthand about the challenges that this unique engineering feat create and gain insight into the truly innovative thinking demanded by such a project.

Doug McCuistion

The Curiosity Rover and its Journey to Mars

On August 6th 2012, Curiosity, the NASA Mars Rover, made a successful landing in Gale Crater on Mars. This marked the culmination of many years of preparation and a journey of more than 350 million miles.  

In this session, Program Director Doug McCuiston shares his experiences of a project that required huge ingenuity, continual design innovation and the management of an entirely unique set of challenges encountered when trying to land a car sized robotic rover on a planet with conditions not replicable on Earth.

Mark Post, Mark Post

'Cultured Beef' - Changing the Way we Eat and Think about Food Forever

Today, livestock production requires 8% of global water resources, 33% of the planet's ice-free land and is the cause of 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Besides being resource intensive, livestock production is also the origin of many epidemic diseases and widespread antibiotic resistance.   Today,  Earth's 7 billion people are served by a global herd of 60 billion livestock. By 2050, the Earth's human population is expected to reach 9 billion, served by 100 billion livestock. How will we maintain these projected populations under environmental limitations?

One solution is to create animal products through cell culture, or biofabrication, rather than animal husbandry.  In August 2013 the first ever cell cultured hamburger was publically tasted in the UK. Cultured meat is being heralded as a sustainable solution that can ensure long-term security of supply, reduced environmental impacts, improved safety and public health and improved conditions for existing livestock. 

We still have a long way to go but the debut of these products represents the crucial first steps in finding a sustainable alternative to livestock production.

Lauren Bowker

‘Seeing the Unseen’ – Combining Science and Design to Create A New World of Materials

Consumers are oblivious to the technology and material science that goes into the creation of the fashion/apparel garments and footwear they buy and wear. While this technology is impressive, a London-based company called ‘T H E U N S E E N’ is working hard to take this to the next level by combining Chemistry with Materials.

T H E U N S E E N is a team of varied talent including anatomists, engineers, chemists and cutters that blend biological and chemical matter into the materials they use. Having worked with brands including Swarovski Gem Stones, Hendricks Gin, Airbus and more, their newest project has seen the creation of an environmental-reactive ink that, when used in clothing, changes colour through the RGB scale upon contact with the air around the wearer. Be it through air turbulence, air temperature or even brain-usage patterns and heat, what appears initially as a line of ornate high-end black couture pieces transform into vibrant, chameleon-like greens, blues and purples as the clothes, the human and their habitat begin to interact and react.

Lauren Bowker, T H E U N S E E N founder and Material Alchemist, joins PI to showcase her vision, collaborative work and potential applications before ending with a live demonstration of how these materials work.

Josh Giegel

Developing the Technology to Make the Hyperloop a Reality

Back in 2013, Elon Musk revealed his concept for the Hyperloop – a futuristic transportation tube capable of transporting people and freight at speeds of up to 760 mph. Having not patented the design and with no plans to develop a commercial vessel himself, Mr.Musk encouraged an open source design/development strategy for the 'next breakthrough in transportation', encouraging others to step forward and take up this challenge.

In February 2015, Hyperloop Technologies, one of the two leading contenders for the Hyperloop’s design, announced plans to develop and commercialize the technology. Their vision: to move people and cargo at speeds never thought possible, making the world smaller, cleaner and more efficient. 

Tasked with the design and analysis of all major mechanical elements of the Hyperloop system, Josh Giegel shares their story and vision with PI.