The largest interdisciplinary scientific gathering of the year begins Thursday in Boston, and MIT students, faculty and staff will play prominent roles during the five-day event.
Boston is hosting the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which is expected to attract some 10,000 science and technology professionals from across disciplines and around the world, as well as several hundred science journalists.
A large contingent of MIT faculty will talk about state-of-the-art developments in their fields, from quantum computing to biomedical engineering. MIT President Susan Hockfield, who is honorary co-chair of the conference, will help launch the meeting with a welcoming address.
The conference will feature more than 150 symposia as well as plenary and topical lectures. Following is a list of scheduled MIT speakers and their topics:
"The Human and Chimp Genomic Interface"
"Grand Challenges in Biomedical Engineering"
"Quantum Sensing and Control"
Plenary Lecture: "One Laptop per Child"
"Rapid Object Recognition in the Visual Brain"
"Challenges in Microbe Engineering for Biofuel Production"