Date and Location of the 2nd Seminar

The seminar will take place on

March 20th, 2013
5 c.t.

in the seminar room 432 of the IWR building (INF 368).

After the talks there will be a selection of persian dishes and drinks in the common room 514.

Speakers and Abstracts

Speakers, Titles, and Abstracts of the 2nd Fellows Seminar:

Martin Felis - Robots vs. Humans: Ready Set Go(?)

In movies, such as "I, Robot", "Terminator", and others, robots are portrayed as highly capable and even super human-like machines. Yet, the robots that exist are (luckily?) far from it. In this talk I want to give a brief overview of current robot research and how we use Optimal Control methods to teach robots some of the things we humans do without even having to spend significant computation power.

Let's find out whether you can beat a robot just by coming to this talk!

Nadine Veith - Lactic Acid Bacteria: From Food Production to Disease

Lactic acid bacteria are closely related organisms that are adapted to very diverse environments. The use of lactic acid bacteria for food production like dairy products, wine or sausages, has a long tradition in human lives. And their role as pathogens are not less meaningful and becomes even more important in recent years. This huge diversity within the closely related lactic acid bacteria is reflected in their metabolism. To understand the differences, we generated genome-scale metabolic models of different lactic acid bacteria that allows us to study and compare the metabolic capabilities and the effect of the native environments on the behaviour of lactic acid bacteria.

 

Jan Mewes - Why a Farting Cow is Worse Than a Running Car

We were kids, when the debate about about climate change and greenhouse gases became a public one. Nowadays, you are readily presented with information about "new" greenhouse gases many times worse than good old carbon dioxide. One prominent example is methane, which to large extent originates from mean, highly flatulent cows. Its said to be 25, maybe even 32 times worse than CO2 while other, more exotic candidates are more than nine-thousand times worse. But where do these numbers come from? How can one determine the impact of farting cows on the climate? In my talk, I want to briefly introduce you to the underlying model and demonstrate you, how the impact of any molecule on the greenhouse earth can be estimated with the help of quantum chemical calculations.