Date(s) - 04/30/19 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Tuesday 04/30/19 Doors open: 5:45 pm Event: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A new generation of innovators is blurring the line between science fiction and fact. From innovations in technological wearables in fashion and healthcare, to helping solve climate change and cancer vaccinations, their research has the potential to fundamentally change how we live. Yet in an age of growing concern about data privacy and security, and faced with the enormous power of artificial intelligence, they must also weigh the broader social implications of their work. Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Museum of Science and Industry for a conversation with some of the brightest young minds in science and technology, as they chart their journey from simple idea to transformative technology.
Behnaz Farahi is a designer and creative technologist working at the intersection of fashion, architecture and interaction design. Trained as an architect, she explores the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body. She also specializes in physical computing, sensor technologies, additive manufacturing and robotic fabrication technologies. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Ars Electronica, Linz and Context Art Miami, and has been featured in WIRED, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Frame Magazine, and many more. Farahi has won several awards including Innovation By Design Linda Tischler Award, World Technology Award and is the recipient of the BASA and Madworkshop Grants and the Rock Hudson Fellowship. She has worked with firms such as Adidas, Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems / will-i-am, and has collaborated with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the Moon and Mars. Currently she is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Haotian Wang is currently a William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. His goal is to help solve climate change by using carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a raw material for green fuels and other chemicals. Wang has already created a method of artificial photosynthesis that’s more efficient than natural photosynthesis in plants. His research focuses on developing novel nanomaterials for renewable energy and environmental applications including CO2 reduction, energy storage, chemical and fuel generation, and water treatment. Wang was named as 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 in Science. He was awarded a Rowland Fellowship and began his independent research career at Harvard as a principle investigator, and was selected as an Early Career Advisory Board member of Nano Letters. He holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a BS in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China.