Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Enabling Technologies

Sep 20 2018 - 6:00pm
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
What is the future of Artificial Intelligence?

How could a 3D-printed device help treat spinal cord injuries?

How will printable electronic inks change manufacturing?

New this year, the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) introduced the Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series. The series focuses on showcasing the College's top faculty in TED-style lightning talks around key research areas. Our third lecture will spotlight CSE faculty members Michael McAlpine, Maria Gini, and C. Daniel Frisbie presenting on their research related to enabling technologies—innovations driving radical change in the capabilities of users or cultures.
Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Enabling Technologies

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
6 p.m.—Doors open
6:30 p.m.—Lecture
7:45 p.m.—Reception

Coffman Memorial Union Theater
300 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Register now

Lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Seating is first-come, first-served the day of the event.

For more information about the talks, visit

About the Speakers

3D Printing Neural Regeneration Devices
Michael McAlpine, Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

3D printing is revolutionizing regenerative medicine and accelerating the pace of biological discovery via its ability to interweave materials with anatomical accuracy. These capabilities could lead to breakthroughs in the personalization of biomedical devices in the neural regeneration space. The McAlpine Research Group has shown that 3D printing is poised to offer an exciting future in the realization of personalized anatomical nerve regeneration pathways and platforms for point-of-care opportunities from print to patient. Further, this approach could be used to prepare novel biomimetic scaffolds as "living" platforms, in order to develop a clinical implant for treating neurological diseases, including spinal cord injury.
McAlpine's research made national and local news last week including this KARE-11 story!

Artificial Intelligence: What Will the Future Be?
Maria Gini, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Every day we read in the scientific and popular press about advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how AI is changing our lives. Things are moving at a fast pace, with no obvious end in sight. What will AI be 10 or 20 years from now? Gini will explore the state of the art in intelligent systems through the lenses of specific projects and will discuss how AI technologies could be steered to address open problems. Examples will include helping diagnose autism in toddlers, and voice-based conversational agents.

Stretchable, Bendable, Foldable, and Printable Circuits: A New Paradigm for Advanced Manufacturing
C. Daniel Frisbie, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The explosion of interest in three-dimensional printing technologies now extends to the creation of electronic circuits. Graphic arts methods such as screen printing, ink jet printing, and air brushing can be used to pattern electronic inks on a variety of surfaces for applications in wearable electronics, robotic e-skins, smart packaging, medical monitors, drug delivery patches, and the "Internet of Things." Frisbie will describe the opportunities and challenges associated with printed, flexible electronics and will discuss materials engineering efforts at the University of Minnesota to enhance and expand the scope of this technology with new manufacturing strategies.