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Fusion: Powering Our Future by Damian Brennan, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) Culham | Head of H3AT
4:30pm - 5:45pm

I-SEE Seminar
'Fusion: Powering our Future'
Damian Brennan
Senior Manager at United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) Culham and Head of H3AT
Abstract:  This seminar will introduce the concept of nuclear fusion, explaining what it is, how it can become a viable base load power source for future electricity generation and why it is desperately needed. I will then look at the fusion experiments which have been developed to develop nuclear fusion, including two major machines at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Culham Science Centre - JET, the world record holding Joint European Torus and the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak, a unique UK compact fusion device.
Countries representing half the world’s population have come together to build a next step machine - ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor at Caderache in the South of France.  ITERwill produce 500MW fusion power, 10 times the power required to generate the fusion reactor and integrate the many complex technologies required in a future fusion power station. ITER’s first plasma is expected in 2025 and beyond  ITER there are plans around the world to build the first demonstration power producing fusion reactors in the 2040s and 2050’s.
The seminar will conclude by looking at the “six big technology challenges” to realising fusion power and the exciting new developments at UKAEA Culham to solve these - with new facilities to address challenges from high heat flux components and advanced materials, to fusion fuels and robotics.
Biography:  Damian Brennan is a senior manager at UKAEA Culham and has  25 years of experience in the fusion field. A nuclear engineer by training, he joined the UKAEA to work on the JET machine and was part of the team that fed the tritium fuel into the reactor during the world record breaking experiments in the late 90’s. He then went on to manage the Power and Active Operations Department managing 200 engineers and scientist carrying out fusion research. He is now the Head of H3AT: Tritium Advanced Technology, a brand new £40m facility to develop the processes required to fuel future fusion power stations.
You are welcome to join us for prior discussions and afternoon tea in the Wessex Restaurant 16:00-16:25
I-SEE seminars are free and open for all to attend
CAMERA Expert Speaker Series: Dr Raj Sengupta
5pm - 6pm

Inflammatory Arthritis, Machine Learning and Digital Technologies: the future of diagnosis and management
The diagnosis and management of rheumatic diseases has evolved considerably over the last 2 decades. We are also witnessing a rapid progress of new technological advances in healthcare. The development and validation of new technologies in rheumatic disease provides an exciting opportunity to evolve and optimise personalised care for your patients in the 21st century. This talk will describe current rheumatology practice and explore opportunities to develop new technologies in the field.
Dr Raj Sengupta is a Consultant Rheumatologist and Lead for Ankylosing Spondylitis at The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath (RNRHD). He is a member of the BSR Spondyloarthritis Special Interest Group, the BSR AxSpA Biologics Guidelines Committee and a member of ASAS (Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society).
He has represented the BSR at the NICE TA383 appraisal for anti TNF in AxSpA. Dr Sengupta is a trustee and medical advisor for the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) and is one of the founder members of BRITSpA. Dr Sengupta was the recipient of the 2016 NASS Patients Choice award for the Best care provided by a Rheumatologist.
He is the principal investigator in several national and international clinical trials in Axial Spondylarthritis. He has a number of peer reviewed publications on AxSpA. Dr Sengupta has been an invited speaker on AxSpA at several national and international meetings.
The 1hr seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Edge is within the University of Bath Campus. There is ample car parking, and a comprehensive bus service.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email a.numphud@bath.ac.uk
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, but you do need to register, and sign in at the event.
Science, Policy and a Pint: Rise of the Machines
7pm - 9pm

Join us for Science, Policy and a Pint to discover what concerns and predictions scientists from the University of Bath have over AI and how policy making can keep up with this impending technological disruption.AI promises lower operating costs, faster reaction times and reliability than your average human. Driven by strong economic forces (estimated to reach $90 billion by 2025) (Statista - 2018) this technology risks disrupting almost every industry and many aspect of our lives as we increasingly hand over our data and decisions to silicon machines.Although the government responded to a Select Committee Report on AI this summer, the head of the British Science Association recently expressed that AI is 'happening too fast' without proper scrutiny or regulation and is a greater concern than antibiotic resistance, climate change or terrorism for the future of Britain (Telegraph - 2018).For this edition we have a panel consisting of:Andreas Theodorou - Andreas is currently a PhD researcher in the Dept. of Computer Science. His research is focused in the design and implementation of intelligent systems, while trying to understand their effects on human societies. He is member of the national committees at the BSI ART/1 and ISO JTC1/42, as well as a member of the IEEE P7001 Committee. His policy work is focused towards the issues of accountability, responsibility, and transparency. He has recently submitted evidence, with his supervisor Dr. Joanna Bryson, at the AI All-Party Parliamentary Group and regularly provides commentary in his area of research.Brittany Davidson - Brittany is currently a PhD Researcher working on Behavioural Science and Cyber Security in the Dept of Management. Her research focuses on identity online with interests in data and information ethics. Brittany has also had first hand experience working with a new Parliamentary Team seeking advice from academics on emerging technologies.Dr. Julian Padget - Julian is a reader in the Dept. of Computer Science and is a member of the Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics and Biodevices (C3Bio). He teaches software engineering and intelligent agent design while his research focuses on knowledge driven intelligent systems capable of modelling legal and political events.