Evolutionary complexity and the imitation game of Nature

Montag, 9. Oktober 2017, 16:15 Uhr

Natural evolution has resulted in a multitude of multicellular organisms, which routinely use optimized nanostructures to perform complex operations. Although
the working principle of these systems is still unclear, their common denominator is the presence of many
interacting and fully heterogeneous units.

Evolutionary complexity aims at understanding the fundamental principles that govern such systems, exploiting
their unique properties to create novel nanostructures leading to diverse technologies. In this presentation, I summarize recent research in the field, discussing
both fundamental and applied aspects. These encompass the exploitation of irreversible chaotic dynamics for energy harvesting, the control of rare catastrophic events at nanoscale, coherent light generation from black-bodies,
biomimetic nanomaterials with unique properties, record performing photocatalysis membranes generated by warped
spaces, early stage cancer detection, and optical neural networks.

MitPROF. ANDREA FRATALOCCHI
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ort Campus Irchel, Eingang via Gebäude Y36, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich
Raum: Y16 G15
VeranstalterPhysik Institut der Universität Zürich
KontaktMonika Röllin (Mail)