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Tech Talks at the Q

Tech Talks at The Q offer local high school students the opportunity to meet Northwestern faculty and learn about their innovative research that will impact our future.


Participating faculty to date:

February 2023

John Rogers, Prof. of Materials Science & Engineering, Diretor, Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics

Prof. John Rogers is the preeminent pioneer in the field of bio-integrated electronics.  His research exploits the characteristics of soft electronic materials. Applications of his technologies range from a wearable sensor sold by L’Oreal and sweat patches sold by Gatorade to wireless sensors for capturing vital signs of premature babies in the NICU and dissolvable pacemaker for patients with cardiac conditions.

tech-talk-feb-2023-5x3.jpgPacked house at the InQbation Lab

March 2023

Kevin Lynch, Prof. of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Center for Robotics & Biosystems

Prof. Kevin Lynch leads Northwestern’s Center for Robotics and Biosystems. The Center is working toward a future where humans and robots collaborate seamlessly to achieve what is currently impossible; where sensors, actuators, and controllers are inspired by biological principles. You will hear about ground-breaking technologies in collaborative robots ("cobots"), swarm robotics, and haptic interfaces, among others.


tech-talk-mar-2023-2-5x3.jpgOver 50 attendees from Chicagoland

tech-talk-mar-2023-3-5x3.jpgTour of Center for Robotics and Biosystems

April 2023

Larry Birnbaum, Prof. of Computer Science

With artificial intelligence growing increasingly sophisticated, how will AI affect our lives?   Hear from Computer Science Professor Larry Birnbaum, a pioneer in applied AI and human-AI collaboration. He’ll talk about natural language processing, the automatic generation of content by machines, and intelligent information systems. We’ll learn about some of the technology behind the headlines!