Events From Our Network with MPP speakers
November 06th and 13th
We invite you to join us for some sessions regarding MIT Portugal.
Networking Friday with Dava Newman
MPP National Diretor at MIT
On November 13th, 2020, 1-2 PM UTC, our MPP Diretor at MIT, Dava Newman, will be at #netfridays from Air-Centre. She will present Physics-informed GANs for coastal flood visualization with the collaboration of her students Björn Lütjens, Brandon Leshchinskiy, Christian Requena-Mesa, Farrukh Chishtie, Natalia Díaz-Rodriguez, Océane Boulais, Aaron Piña, Alexander Lavin, Yarin Gal, Chedy Raïssi.
As climate change increases the intensity of natural disasters, society needs better tools for adaptation. As stakeholders ranging from local to national governments cope with increased flood risks due to climate change, visual explanations can aid their decision-making process. And while today’s flood modeling capabilities include both high-level, color-coded maps, as well as intimate, street-level images, decision-makers would benefit from imagery that is both holistic and intuitive. Accordingly, the MIT-Portugal / NASA / AIIA Earth Intelligence Engine team has produced satellite images of future coastal floods: physics-informed, photorealistic images that look like real satellite imagery. The proposed visualizations will enable a variety of stakeholders in climate resilience planning and disaster preparedness to communicate flood risks to decision-makers.
- Demo: http://trillium.tech/eie
- Preprint: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2010.08103.pdf
Networking Friday with Zita Martins
MPP National co-Diretor
On November 6th, 2020, 1-2 PM UTC, our MPP National Co-Diretor, will be at #netfridays from Air-Centre. She will talk about Astrobiology: Origin and detection of life in the solar system.
The moderator will be Gaia Stucky de Quay, postdoctoral fellow at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.
Science magazine considered the search for life in the Universe as one of the twenty-five major questions still unanswered in science, and with prominence during the next decade. To answer this question, scientists i) investigate how life on Earth came about, and ii) develop space missions to search for extra-terrestrial life. In case i) they analyse meteorites in the laboratory and make in-situ analyses of comets and asteroids. This is because it is known that the Earth received tons of organic molecules, that were delivered by these celestial bodies, from the formation of the solar system up until 3.8 billion years ago. Their analysis gives fundamental clues about the primitive Earth and how life on our planet could have potentially appeared. In case ii) it is necessary to first determine places in the solar system that have the conditions for life to arise and develop. Among them we find the planet Mars, and the icy moons Europa and Enceladus.
This presentation will discuss the origin of life in the solar system, and the various space missions in search of extra-terrestrial life.
Microgravity business: Space R&D for the benefit of everyone
PORTUGAL SPACE event, powered by revista MARKETING FARMACÊUTICO
In order to highlight the topic of microgravity and how it’s use can benefit industry and citizens, the virtual Seminar “Microgravity business: Space R&D for the benefit of everyone” will join an international panel of renowned specialists who will speak about the potential of space exploration in the scope of research and development of pharmaceutical products.
MIT Portugal Program will be present at the session with our MPP Diretor at MIT, Dava Newman, speaking on ” Access to microgravity conditions and future prospects” and Ligia F. Coelho, MPP student, with “Microgravity for Quality of Life – Research and Industrial Application.”
The Minister of Science, Technology, and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, will also attend the session.
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