Seminars

Shared Autonomy: The Future of Interactive Robotics

Abstract: The next generation of robots are going to work much more closely with humans, other robots and interact significantly with the environment around it. As a result, the key paradigms are shifting from isolated decision making systems to one that involves shared control -- with significant autonomy devolved to the robot platform; and end-users in the loop making only high level decisions.

Accurate Computation and Efficient Exploration of High Dimensional Free Energy Landscapes of Chemical Reactions

Exploration and computation of free energy surfaces of chemical reactions are pivotal to computationally predict reaction mechanisms, reaction pathways, and kinetics. Computing free energy surfaces of complex reactions, especially in soft matter system, requires advanced molecular dynamics (MD) simulation techniques. Although, tremendous progress has been made in the recent years in this direction, several limitations are yet to be addressed to make the computations efficient and more accurate.

Early Vertebrate Development: Busy Time At A Young Age

The one-cell embryo is a deceptively simple entity during the early part of its life. From this one cell, a multicellular, three-dimensional animal eventually emerges through the process of embryogenesis. Decades of forward and reverse genetics have yielded a fairly clear view of the evolutionarily conserved molecular pathways that are essential for normal embryonic development. Yet, an unambiguous understanding of how complexity emerges in a multicellular embryo as development proceeds after fertilisation remains poorly understood.

Catalysis for Sustainability

Catalysis is one of the oldest branches in Chemistry. This field primarily deals with the speed of chemical reactions and ways of manipulating them. Right from living systems to large-scale production of fine chemicals like pharmaceuticals and plastics, the science and technology of catalysis plays a pivotal role. I will introduce the chemistry aspects of catalysis at a general level and proceed to discuss on the increasing relevance of this science in sustainability. I will draw a few examples from my research as well as others during the discussion.

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