Event: Attempts at Mimicking Human Intelligence through Chemistry in wetware
Date: Wednesday 21 February 2024
Venue: Chemistry Building (CLR123)
Humanity is experiencing a technological revolution also promoted by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics.
Traditionally AI is developed through software that can think rationally and humanly on current general-purpose electronic computers or is implemented in hardware by reverse engineering the brain.
As a single cell is provided with a sort of nervous system, a new avenue for mimicking Human Intelligence has opened, termed Chemical Artificial Intelligence (CAI). CAI exploits Molecular, Supramolecular, and Systems Chemistry in solution to imitate some performances of Human Intelligence and develop Chemical Robots (CRs).
A CR looks like an artificial cell, a confined complex molecular assembly capable of reacting autonomously to its environment. These will allow humanity to control the microscopic world by performing biomedical actions and to face challenges related to safeguarding the environment and exploiting energy and food resources.
In our research group, we are developing sensors, Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), and effector modules for futuristic CRs. In this seminar an overview will be given on:
- The design and implementation of ANNs based on optical signals;
- A chemo-acoustic system capable of discriminating the acoustic frequencies in the range [10-2000] Hz
- A strategy to process fuzzy logic using molecules.
Prof. Pier Luigi Gentili is a physical chemist focussing on complex systems. Has worked in different laboratories in Europe and the USA and is among the 2% top scientists in the world in his area of research. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Perugia, Italy.