Dr. Mihail C. Roco – CoE Strategic Research Initiatives Seminars

Knowledge and Technology in a Convergence Spiral

Dr. Mihail C. Roco
National Science Foundation and National Nanotechnology Initiative

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
McArthur Engineering Addition, Jose Milton Leadership Hall, Room 202
1251 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

The science and technology evolve increasingly turbulent, coherent and divergent.  A general-purpose approach for understanding and finding solutions for progress is convergence. This presentation will discuss the basic theories, principles and methods underlying the convergence science, and on that basis its application to education, research, production and other societal activities. Knowledge, technology and society convergence is developing as a general-purpose framework for decision-making and problem-solving (see www. wtec.org/NBIC2-report and ‘‘Handbook of Science and Technology Convergence,’’ Springer 2016). It provides an approach for advancing not only science and engineering but also business and policies. Examples of opportunities for convergence include a platform for human–technology coevolution using intelligent cognitive assistants, and the expansion of citizen science and technology.

Mihail Roco is the senior advisor for science and engineering at the National Science Foundation and founding chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council’s Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee. Prior to joining the National Science Foundation, he was professor of mechanical and chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky. Roco is credited with 13 inventions and with contributions to more than 200 articles and 20 books. He is a correspondent member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and fellow of ASME, IoPhysics and AIChE. He was awarded the U.S. National Materials Advancement Award in 2007 “as the individual most responsible for support and investment in nanotechnology by government, industry and academia worldwide,” and he received the IUMRS Global Leadership and Service Award at the EU Parliament in 2015 for “vision and dedicated leadership … that has made major impact to all citizens around the world.”

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