Talks

Talk 1: Supernovae and the Accelerated Expansion of the Universe:

Speaker: Prof. Ariel Goobar (Stockholm University) <Link>

Our understanding of the cosmos has changed drastically over the last two 17 years by
the discovery that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up, rather than slowing down, as would
have been expected from the attractive effect of gravity. This rather poorly understood phenomenon,
dubbed "dark energy", was first discovered measuring distances using supernovae as "standard candles", and has since then been confirmed using multiple techniques. Supernovae remain among the best tools to study the cosmic composition and the properties of "dark energy".


I will describe ongoing projects carried out by our group at the Oskar Klein Centre, as well as
technological challenges we are confronting, including the need for fast response pipe-lines and
machine learning algorithms.

Talk 2: Deep Learning

Speaker: Prof. Stefan Carlsson (CVAP) <Link>

Talk 3: Self-confidence

Speaker: Prof. David House (TMH) <Link>

Self-confidence plays an important role in many aspects of life, but it can be argued that it is critical for creative endeavors in the arts and sciences. In this talk, I will present some personal experiences, thoughts and reflections about the role of self-confidence in obtaining a PhD. I plan to touch upon some dynamic aspects of self-confidence during the typical life-cycle of a PhD student and discuss how the ebb and flow of self-confidence can be influenced by criticism, recognition and encouragement from both authorities and peers. I will also speculate a bit about the approach to self-confidence taken by such great scientists as Galileo Galilei, Carl von Linné and Marie Curie. Were they plagued by troubles and doubts which kept them awake at night? Finally I will present some thoughts about the relationship between self-confidence and self-discipline and how encouraging these traits combined with humor can serve to form an important prerequisite for creativity and discovery within a successful PhD program. The session will continue with contributions from the participants concerning factors influencing self-confidence within the PhD program.

Talk 4: The Art of Living Society

Speaker: Pia Lahdenpera <Link>

  1. Yoga stretches :Energizing your body. Easy-to-practice stretches that rises the energy in the body and gets the mind out of  inertia. You feel light and happy naturally.

  2. The Science of Breath: Learn about the secrets of your own breath. Just by learning how to breath you can get rid of more than 85 % of the stress toxins of your body.

  1. Bellow Breathing Technique: Detoxes your system. One of the major causes of poor mental health is stress. The Bellow Breath helps remove toxins accumulated from persistent levels of stress and boosts your body´s energy level.

  1. Guided meditation: Refreshes your mind and body. Gives you a deeper rest than the sleep.

  1. Know your mind: Get an insight how your mind works.

  1. Learn about Sudarshan Kriya: A powerful breathing technique. Sudarshan Kriya yoga incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonizes the body, mind and emotions. Get a glimpse of how it can help you.

Talk 5: What makes the brain a complex system?

Speaker: Prof. Arvind Kumar (CB) <Link>

The brain is a complex system. Neuroscientists want to understand how the brain works. Almost everyday we come across such sentences in public media. But what does it mean that ‘the brain is a complex system’? And similarly, what is the meaning of ‘understanding how the brain works’? These two need to be clarified to have a meaningful discussion on the brain. In my talk I will give you biological, physiological, structural, dynamical and engineering aspects that make the brain a complex system. After that I will discuss few prominent approaches that neuroscientists take to understand the complexity of the brain. 

Talk 6: Academic careers, my own and some general thoughts

Speaker: Prof. Johan Håstad (TCS) <Link>

Some personal thoughts on academic life, my own experience and academic
careers in general.

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