Pint of Science: Mother Nature Knows Best (Lessons for a Computer Scientist)

Start date and time

Wednesday 16 May 2018


Frankenstein Bar, 26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

Prof. Emma Hart gave a talk to a sold-out audience in the Frankenstein Pub, Edinburgh as part of the two-week UK wide Pint of Science festival:

From ants that know how to find their way home to slime-mold that can find the shortest path between any two points, the natural world offers us numerous examples of species that perform incredibly complex tasks despite having small brains or limited communication capabilities. They use surprising methods to deal with problems often considered too complex for super-computers to solve. This talk will discuss how computer scientists have been inspired by nature to design novel computer programs that tackle a range of difficult problems faced by engineers, businesses and scientists.