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The Scientific Concert at EPFL

If you missed the scientific event hosted by EPL earlier this month on 6th December, you can now watch it on the video link .
>The Scientific Concert performance by the Geneva Brass Quintet played music set to the 6 research megaprojects and contains insights from presenter Daniel Saraga, Dirk Helbing, FuturICT Scientic Coordinator and other Flagship leaders.
>Here are more details from the event programme:
The music was composed by Ludovic Neurohr and Lionel Walter is the project coordinator.
>CONTEXT: In 2010, the European Union launched a contest aimed at delivering 1 billion euros to a research project (FET Flagship Initiatives). After a first selection among 26 projects submitted, 6 are still competing. The winner will be nominated at the beginning of February 2013. All projects are absolutely fascinating and will extend the horizons of science. Their themes are: sensors, the brain, simulations, virtual avatars, robots and graphene. 
>PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The idea is to set these 6 scientific projects to music during a concert. There will be 6 scenes, one for each project. Every scene will be opened by Daniel Saraga, a science journalist, who will describe the scientific project. The project will then be set to music by the “Geneva Brass Quintet” (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba). The music chosen for each scene reflects the scientific content of each project. 
Each scene will last more or less 15 minutes, with 5 minutes allocated to the project description and 10 minutes to music. The concert will thus last approximately 2 hours, intermission included. This event, at the border between music and science, will enable scientists and the general public to meet and dialogue. 
With the help of music, the major scientific projects of the 21st century will become concrete for the general public.
>PARTICIPANTS: Geneva Brass Quintet Established in 2001, the Geneva Brass Quintet is a chamber music group of Swiss musicians. After studying at the Geneva Conservatory, they all graduated with a Master of Music. Eager to create a close-knit musical unit and being particularly attracted to chamber music, they formed the 'Geneva Brass Quintet' (GBQ) with the aim of sharing their passion with the public. 
Well-known in Switzerland, the GBQ has already performed at the Sion Festival, St-Germain concerts in Geneva and the "Guilde romande de la musique de chambre" (French-speaking Chamber Music Guild), as well as at prestigious venues such as the Victoria Hall and Saint Peter's Cathedral in Geneva. The Geneva Brass Quintet regularly plays for various Swiss radios and has also been invited many times to the Espace 2 (Swiss radio) “Schubertiades”. 
In 2008, the GBQ started an international career with an extensive tour in South Africa. After this, they received an invitation to the festival "Cuivres en Dombes" and to the Mégève festival and embarked on another extensive tour in China and a concert in Dubaï in 2011. Other projects are emerging in Latin America and Asia. 
The first GBQ CD, "Brass@ge", released by VDE Gallo, received excellent reviews in Switzerland and abroad. For its 10th anniversary, the GBQ is preparing a second CD along with other musicians : panflute, organ, soprano and choir. Indeed, in addition to numerous recitals, the group opens up to fruitful collaborations, many of which have already been noticed : series of concerts with the Sinfonietta of Lausanne, the Polhymnia choir or the Wind Band of Lausanne. 
The GBQ repertoire is extremely eclectic in style and period. It also emphasises Swiss composers, many of whom have written pieces specifically for the GBQ. 
Finally, each year in early February, the GBQ organises the Geneva Brass Festival, an international event dedicated to brass which takes place in Geneva. 
GBQ members are: Samuel Gaille et Lionel Walter, trumpets Christophe Sturzenegger, horn David Rey, trombone Eric Rey, tuba

SCIENTIFIC AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
Prelude: small introduction by the Geneva Brass Quintet.

1ST SCENE
Scientific Project : FUTURICT 
Steven Bishop, University College London, UK &Dirk Helbing, EPFZ, Switzerland
DESCRIPTION :
Analyse all socio-economic data available on the Internet to simulate and prevent crises.
MUSIC :
Violin concert in A minor, BWV 1041 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), arranged by Michel Torreilles
DESCRIPTION :
For this highly mathematical project, we have chosen the most mathematical of composers: Johann Sebastian Bach. This piece, the complete structure of which can be mathematically analysed, showcases the intrinsic power of mathematics to get extraordinary compositions when associated with the genius of Bach or to predict future crises when associated with the talent of FuturICT project’s researchers.

2ND SCENE
Scientific Project :
Human Brain Project
Henry Markram, EPFL, Switzerland
Description :
Simulate a human brain on a computer at the microscopic scale.
Music :
Four Sketches
Anthony Plog (*1947)
Description :
This piece is based on sonic cells that propagate and enrich themselves throughout the four movements of the piece, like the transmission of electrical signals in the brain. In four very contrasting, yet connected by a sound unity, parts this piece perfectly illustrates the complexity and beauty of the human brain.

3RD SCENE
Scientific Project :
IT Future of Medicine
Hans Lehrach, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany
Description :
Create a computer model of patients and diseases.
Music :
Eleven Chorale Preludes Op. 122
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), arranged by Ralph Sauer
Description :
This piece, based on Lutheran chorals, is considered Brahms’ last masterpiece. The choral themes swing between death, healing and hope : "O Welt, ich muss dich lassen", "Herzlich tut mich verlangen", "Mein Jesu, der du mich" and are completely in phase with the objectives of the IT Future of Medecine project.

4TH SCENE
Scientific Project :
Graphene
Jari Kinaret, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Description :
Develop flexible and transparent graphene-based chips.
Music :
Encyclopédie de l’Opéra
Kurt Sturzenegger (*1949)
Description :
Graphene is a material which gathers a lot of qualities. This encyclopaedia of the opera gathers some of the most famous excerpts of operas. You will hear the lightness of the Toreador Air from Carmen, the solidity of the Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner, as well as the fineness of Rossini in the Barber of Sevilla. Lightness, solidity, fineness : three of the main properties of graphene.

5TH SCENE
Scientific Project :
Guardian Angels
Adrian Ionescu, EPFL, Switzerland
Christofer Hierold, EPFZ, Switzerland
Description :
Manufacture low-energy sensors to track our movements.
Music :
Guardian Angels
Ludovic Neurohr (*1983), creation, composed for the occasion.
Description :
For Guardian Angels, a new composition was commissioned to the young and talented Swiss composer Ludovic Neurohr. This piece is inspired by the issues of the Guardian Angels’ project. This piece’s world premiere will be on the occasion of this concert.

6TH SCENE
Scientific Project :
RoboCom
Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
Description :
Develop robots to assist humans.
Music :
Suite from Nutcracker
Piotr Illitch Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), arranged by Peter Lawrence
Description :
Composed at a time when robots did not exist yet, Tchaikovsky set to music the history of a nutcracker and a whole range of toys coming to life, first in a slightly mechanical way (in the March of the Toys) and then as fully-fledged characters. As for the future of robots?

FuturICT's insight:

1ST SCENE Scientific Project : FUTURICT 
Steven Bishop, University College London, UK &Dirk Helbing, EPFZ, Switzerland

 

DESCRIPTION :
Analyse all socio-economic data available on the Internet to simulate and prevent crises.

 

MUSIC :
Violin concert in A minor, BWV 1041 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), arranged by Michel Torreilles

 

DESCRIPTION :
For this highly mathematical project, we have chosen the most mathematical of composers: Johann Sebastian Bach. This piece, the complete structure of which can be mathematically analysed, showcases the intrinsic power of mathematics to get extraordinary compositions when associated with the genius of Bach or to predict future crises when associated with the talent of FuturICT project’s researchers.

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The Way Ahead - New Directions at FBK ICT IRST Encounter Outstanding Visions from Across the Field | FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

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December 17, 2012 8:30 am - December 18, 2012 12:30 pm

FBK ICT IRST: The Way Ahead

(Source: Fondazione Bruno Kessler )
On 17-18 December 2012 FBK hosts the conference "The Way Ahead - New Directions at FBK ICT IRST Encounter Outstanding Visions from Across the Field"

The first of the 2 days event will feature FBK's researchers also gathering experts of Artificial Intelligence field, such as Barbara Grosz (Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), giving a keynote talk about "What Question Would Turing Pose Today?".

In the following session about "Engineering the Smart Territory", Wolfgang Wahlster (DFKI German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence) will deal with "Cyber-Physical AI Systems for Resource-Efficient Living".

The third session of the first conference day will be focused on "Audio& Video Processing for Smart Spaces" hosting, the expert of computational intelligence and intelligence sensing, Andrea Cavallaro (Queen Mary University's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences) talking about "Camera networks for smart spaces".

The first afternoon session dedicated to the topic "From Data to Knowledge" will feature, among the other the international contribute of Stefan Decker (DERI, Digital Enterprise Research Institute).
A panel session on the topic "The Way Ahead...Challenging Social Challenges and the EIT" will take place in the afternoon. It will feature, among the others, University of Trento , Fondazione Bruno Kessler and fondazione Edmund Mach's members and EIT top brasses, as Anders Flodström - EIT ICT Labs Director for Education, Fabio Pianesi- VP EIT Italy, Gianfelice Rocca - VP of the EIT Governing Board.

The second day will be opened by Willem Jonker, CEO EIT ICT Labs. He will talk about "EIT ICT Labs: Lessons Learned and the Way Ahead" thus giving an overview on the past activities of the research centre and of its future. Alex Vespignani, Northeastern University's expert in "big data" analysis, forecasting how diseases and epidemics spread, network science, social and technological networks, will open the session "Global Simulation & Behavior Understanding".

The closing session will feature Lorenzo Dellai, President Autonomous Province of Trento, and Massimo Egidi, President FBK and Rector LUISS.

For further information, details and to book your participation in the event please visit Fondazione Bruno Kessler's dedicated page.
Venue: Conference Room “Sala Stringa”
FBK, Via Sommarive 18 - Povo
Trento, Italy
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