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Aberdeen Morning Lectures

All Members and Guests Including Retired Members Are Welcome to Attend

Lectures will be given by: Prof Marco Thiel, University of Aberdeen and

Dr Clare Monaghan, Medical Physics, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee (title and abstracts on following pages).

There is no cost for attending the lectures.

Please email Gail Millar at the following email address by Thursday 17 October if you would like to attend the lectures, stating the number of people attending.

Optional Lunch

After the lectures there is the opportunity to go for lunch at

Number 1 Bar and Grill  (1 Queen’s Terrace Aberdeen).

The cost for the lunch will be approximately £40 + drinks. This will be payable on the day.

Please note that if you are going for lunch then there is a 25 minute walk between the two venues. Taxis and buses (number 11) are alternatives.

Please email Gail Millar at the following email address by Thursday 17 October if you would like to go for lunch, stating the number of people attending and any dietary requirements.

Dr Clare Monaghan Title: Tripping the Light Fantastic to Visions of the Future

Detail: A brief tour of Nuclear Medicine, it's evolution and possibilities. Looking back to the early days of the speciality, the presentation will consider how Nuclear Medicine has evolved and take a glance at some of the triggers for this. Moving forward, there will then be an exploration of current influences and the opportunities which will carry Nuclear Medicine into the future.

Prof Marco Thiel “Data! Data! Data!  I can't make bricks without clay.”

(Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches)

Since the early beginnings of science people have looked at the world and tried to make sense of what they experienced. Every child observes the world to detect patterns, regularities and then attempts to predict what is going to happen: “Where is that ball going to end up when I throw it?”

This is what humans (and many animals) do to survive. Science has taken this further: we systematically observe systems, gather data and then make models of the world. Without data we cannot make sense of the world – or as Sherlock Holmes says: “I can’t make bricks without clay.”

We are experiencing an enormous leap in the kind and amount of data we can measure: our mobile phones measure where we are, the internet browsers know what we look at and are interested in, our car measures how we brake, and smart home assistants do not only assist but also analyse us. New mathematics and powerful computers enable us to model and better understand human behaviour, what we aspire to, what we will buy, and who we might vote for.

We will perform interactive experiments to show how to get data and then make sense of it. Are we going into a bright future of informed decision making or are we going to be monitored and manipulated?

Let us explore together how we can get the clay and then make bricks!

Professor Marco Thiel, University of Aberdeen,

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IOP Scotland
25 Oct 2019 10:10 to 12:30
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
AB11 5BY
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