Past events

  • 75th ICREA Colloquium - Abstraction in Science and Art: From Quantum Simulators to Free Improvised Jazz

     

    Speakers: ICREA Research Professor Maciej Lewenstein (ICFO) and musicians Vasco Trilla and El Pricto

    When: 2nd of May 2017, 18:00h

    Where: ICREA, Pg. Lluís Companys 23, 6th floor

    Abstract:

    This special ICREA colloquium will start with the 13 minute long movie “Physics, Jazz  and Poetry”, which documents a concert by the Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to the late Polish poet, Wisława Szymborska. The concert was held in Barcelona in March 2016 under the patronage of ICREA and ICFO. After the film, Maciej Lewenstein will introduce the concept of abstraction, first quoting the Wikipedia, and then discussing abstraction in mathematics and equivalence relations. He will argue that in natural sciences essentially “Modelling = Abstraction”, and illustrate this in physics, in which building of models is based on abstracting from details of reality. He will discuss two examples: a pendulum and the so called quantum simulators of high Tc superconductors. He will then look at the development of the contemporary art as a process of abstraction from the rules of realism in the Western visual arts, or of harmony and tonality in the Western music. In the latter case, he will base his examples on the history of jazz from the swing era to the free improvised music of the XXIst century. The talk will end with a short 20 minute live concert of free improvised jazz by Vasco Trilla (drums and percussion) and El Pricto (reeds). This should stimulate discussion about free improvisation and its rules, and about further analogies between abstractions in science and art. 

    The ICREA colloquia are a great way to learn about remote fields of research from our best experts. We usually have two speakers, who offer their opinions on the same subject from very different angles. Open to all ICREAs and their guests. There’s wine and munchies at the end, please book in advance!

     

     

  • 74th ICREA Colloquium - On Data and Computational Science Approaches for Social Media and Social Simulation

     

    Speakers: Prof. Vassil Alexandrov (BSC) and Prof. Josep Casanovas (UPC)

    When: 14th March 2017, 18:00h

    Where: ICREA, Pg. Lluís Companys 23, 6th floor

    Abstract:

    Computational Science, an interdisciplinary field that melds basic sciences, mathematical modelling, quantitative analysis techniques and HPC (High Performance Computing) techniques, is integral in addressing the big problems in industries ranging from manufacturing and aerospace, to drug design and risk management and is also a key strategic asset in addressing societal challenges. On the other hand, with the emergence of Big Data and Data Science, novel research methods and approaches are needed to enable us to deal with enormous amounts of data in a variety of areas, and to enable efficient processing, visualization and analysis of the data, the results of the computations, etc. This is particularly true in the case of both Data and Compute Intensive scientific and industrial applications.

    In the first part of the talk the focus will be on Social Media and how efficiently Data and Computational Science research methods, that are able to discover global properties of data and provide efficient computational approaches, can be applied when dealing with problems from this area. Examples will be drawn from psychological warfare analysis, comparing electoral campaigns, etc. The second part of the talk will focus on Data and Computational Science research methods for Social Simulation.

    The ICREA colloquia are a great way to learn about remote fields of research from our best experts. We usually have two speakers, who offer their opinions on the same subject from very different angles. Open to all ICREAs and their guests. There’s wine and munchies at the end, please book in advance!

  • ICREA-FIJC Conference "Across Tumour Heterogeneity and Evolution in Cancer: From in Silico Studies to Clinical Impact"

     

    ICREA Conference Awards are specific, dedicated awards aimed at funding scientific events of the hottest, most advanced topics in research of all disciplines. ICREA Research Professors make their proposals for funding and a board of external advisors ranks them and grants the awards.

    The 2016 edition of the ICA has gone to http://www.icreafijcconference.com/ after fierce competition and a lot of debate of the jury. The conference will be held on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th of March 2017.

  • 74th ICREA Colloquium - Autoimmunity meets neurodegeneration: different pathways for similar brain dysfunctions

     

    Speakers: Prof. Miquel Vila (VHIR) and Prof. Josep Dalmau (IDIBAPS)

    When: 31st January 2017, 18:00h

    Where: ICREA, Pg. Lluís Companys 23, 6th floor

     Abstract:

     Studies during the last 10 years have revealed a new category of brain diseases in which crucial neuronal receptors are attacked by autoantibodies. As a result of this attack there is a reduction of the target synaptic proteins leading to alterations in synaptic transmission. The clinical manifestations vary according to the receptor involved, and may resemble many of the symptoms caused by neurodegenerative diseases in which specific receptors are involved, including among others Parkinson, epilepsy, chronically progressive sleep disease, or schizophrenia.  

    The ICREA colloquia are a great way to learn about remote fields of research from our best experts. We usually have two speakers, who offer their opinions on the same subject from very different angles. Open to all ICREAs and their guests. There’s wine and munchies at the end, please book in advance!

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