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Jun 18, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Czech Science Café: Contactless Choreography

Manipulating balls, droplets, or cells without anything touching them. Dancing patterns on Easter Eggs. Science or fiction? Find out in the ZOOM talk and discussion with Jiří Zemánek, PhD. from Czech Technical University (Prague), a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at MIT, on June 18 at 7 PM (EDT).





June 18 at 7 PM (EDT) on ZOOM 


How can you manipulate several objects at the same time in a controlled way and not even touch them? Knowing how to do so can be useful, for example, for automating, accelerating, and reducing the cost of biochemical processes or for reconfigurable production. In addition, conventional tools can be difficult to use in the microscale because things behave differently than we are used to from our macro world. In this talk by Czech scientist, Jiří Zemánek, PhD., you will learn about methods that can be used for contactless manipulation and micromanipulation. You will hear about already established tools as well as research results from the Czech Republic in this area. You will see how various objects can be moved, for example, by shaping an electric or magnetic field, and how they almost dance as you want.


Photo: Tomáš Rubín, Material Times 


Jiří Zemánek, PhD. A scientist and teacher at the Department of Control Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. He focuses on cybernetics and control systems, for instance for the parallel manipulation of objects in biology, chemistry, and microfabrication. He has won several international awards for his projects and popularizing videos. Thanks to the Fulbright-Masaryk Scholarship, he is currently working at the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at MIT, where he has been involved in research of futuristic digital materials. He actively supports the so-called maker movement, the renaissance of do-it-yourself culture embracing modern as well as traditional tools. He served as the program director of the festival Maker Faire Prague 2018 and 2019. He is a passionate DIY maker and the creator of educational technological toys - for example, he decorates Easter eggs with optical illusions.  


Science Café is a new series of popular science presentations and talks by the best Czech scientists of today presented by the Czech Center New York. Inspired by the phenomenon of Cafe Scientifique which was first established in the UK in 1998 and spread across the world as a place where anyone could come to discuss the latest ideas in science and technology over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, Science Café is an informal forum for the discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues.

Come and mingle with people with different interests while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. An informal presentation from the speaker introducing the topic will be followed by a discussion where everyone will have an opportunity to ask questions.

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Jun 18, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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