We have been building a network of contacts with different universities and institutions. We try to plan our calendar to present a variety of topics but are of course dependant upon willing presenters!

You can find guidelines for speakers here

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May 20th Big data, routine data: insights from research using electronic medical records Professor Tom Marshall, University of Birmingham

NHS General Practices have used electronic medical records for over 20 years and many general practices contribute anonymised patient records to research databases. On the one hand these offer huge opportunities for research into the epidemiology of diseases, pharmacoepidemiology, prescribing and use of laboratory tests. On the other there are challenges to using data where information may be missing or incorrectly recorded. This talk will give three examples of health services research using electronic medical records which have important, immediate and in some cases potentially life-saving implications.

Tom Marshall is Professor of Public Health & Primary Care at University of Birmingham. He trained in General Practice and Public Health Medicine and has been an academic for over 20 years. His research is largely on how to improve the functioning and efficiency of health services and it makes extensive use of electronic medical records for primary care.

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June 17th TRAPPIST-1 & the study of Earth-like worlds 

Dr Armaury Triaud Birmingham University. A regular visitor to observatories in the Atacama desert, Dr Amaury Triaud is the discoverer of over one hundred exoplanet planets (planets which orbit stars other than the Sun). His research concentrates on extracting empirical evidence about the physical processes that lead to the formation and evolution of planets. His main attention is on discovering and investigating planetary systems that are different to our own, either by the type of planets that compose those systems, by their architectures, or because of the type of star(s) they orbit. More at https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/physics/triaud-amaury.aspx

I will describe the steps and motivation that led to the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system, which contains seven planets with masses and sizes comparable to Earth. We will first look at philosophical and scientific arguments behind our search for these planets. Following this, I will show how we detected the planets, what we can learn about them and how we will remotely explore their atmospheres in the near future, in search for evidence of an extraterrestrial biology.

Members can read up in advance at:https://aeon.co/ideas/dwarf-planetary-systems-will-transform-the-hunt-for-alien-life

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July 15th The Winding Path to the Autonomous Future: How we’re designing the future of automated vehicles

Arun Ulahannan MEng (hons), AFHEAEngD Doctoral Researcher, Autonomous Vehicle Human Factors WMG · Jaguar Land Rover, International Digital Laboratory, University of Warwick

As we move closer to the driverless future of vehicles, how do we ensure we design the vehicles to be as safe and as usable as possible? It’s very likely in the next 20 to 30 years we will solve the technological problem of the self driving car. However it’s far less clear is how the technology will work with: the human driver, the many demographics of our society, law, policy, insurance, jobs… the list of issues for which we have no answers is long and must be considered. I will present an overview of the whole world of autonomous vehicles- a brief overview of the technology, the current stage of development, the issues we face today and why the immediate autonomous future may not be the one we should be focussing on. Then I will share some of the work that is happening at WMG, University of Warwick that we’re hoping will help us realise the potential of this automated future.

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Sept 16th WMG Masters’ Competition (probable) University of Warwick

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Oct 21st Mathematical Modelling speaker TBC Aston University

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November 18th Caffeine and Carbohydrate rinsing Neil Clarke, Coventry University

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December 16th Tracking Environmental Pollution  Profs, Bob Lee and John Colbourne, Birmingham University