Clean water and clean air are vital for public health. This project focuses on developing high-efficiency and environmentally sustainable filters for removing harmful air/water pollutants. The team has developed novel architectures and functionalities for the filters to achieve high permeance, high removal efficiency, and excellent reusability.
All members of the HKU community and the general public are welcome to join!
Speaker:Professor Gregory Abowd, Dean, College of Engineering, and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
Moderator: Dr Chenshu Wu, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, HKU
Date: 27th November 2023 (Monday)
Mode: Mixed (both face-to-face and online). Seats for on-site participants are limited. A confirmation email will be sent to participants who have successfully registered.
Professor Gregory Abowd have been speaking and writing about the idea of an Internet of Materials (IoM) for nearly a decade. It started as a way to rethink Mark Weiser’s vision of ubiquitous computing in a more modern context, with the same hopeful zeal that Weiser presented in his writings from the late 1980s and early 1990’s. Professor Abowd will summarize how that re-interpretation has inspired his work, and the work of a growing community, for nearly a decade. From those involved in the fundamental understanding of computation to those involved in the practical development and deployment of computation, the future seems bright. We are moving towards a world of increased ubiquity of computation. There appears to be no end in sight for the increased ubiquity of all things computational. From a technical perspective, this is wonderful. More recently, professor Abowd have been forced to think about this vision through a different lens. How we justify any new vision of a technological future must be better grounded in the human motivation and potential impact. After explaining the “successes” of IoM, he will explain why he has fallen far short of a compelling motivation. But there are more compelling motivations, having to do with health, usable security and privacy, and, most importantly, sustainability. We MUST begin questioning a lot of the assumptions on how to make, operate, and dispose of computational objects. IoM is no longer a journey for a hopeful “visionary” to play out his fanciful predictions for the future. It is a mandate to address the fundamental hazards of our current trajectory towards ubiquitous computing.