Electronics departmental seminar

I have in the past presented at conferences, special interest and research groups, but yesterday was my first departmental seminar. There was some initial concern about low numbers – the suitability of speaking to electronics researchers about simulating the immune system had previously been raised, but I felt that the motivation, potential impact and issues of computational immunology could be conveyed without excess immunological detail. Many in Electronics use simulation, and there was interest in simulating systems that are themselves not well understood.

The drive of my seminar was to demonstrate how computational simulation could aid drug discovery (which is challenging and very expensive), but that simulation results are not necessarily representative of the real immune system, and to highlight the techniques I employ to build confidence that they are. I’m pleased to say it was very well received. The next might actually be on swarm robotics!