Speakers 2018

Also known as: the soul and blood of TEDxUppsalaUniversity

TEDxUppsalaUniversity believe that “ideas worth spreading” can be found all across society and in all disciplines. After months of background checking, interviewing, coaching and draft writing TEDxUppsalaUniversity can proudly present our speakers – each and every one with an idea worth a stage.
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Can we bond with robots?

Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Interactive Systems at the Department of Information Technology of Uppsala University

I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Information Technology of Uppsala University, where I lead the Uppsala Social Robotics Lab. Robots are now playing new roles, e.g. assistants and companions for the elderly at home, educational tutors, therapeutic tools for children with autism, instructors in industrial settings. However, human social skills remain unmatched in robots. Can we build robots that socially connect with people? Does this make the interaction more pleasant and successful? My research aims to design and develop robots that learn to interact socially with humans and bring benefits to the society we live in, for example in education and assistive technology.

Ginevra Castellano
Ginevra Castellano

Why men live shorter lives?

Researcher in Medical Genetics at Uppsala University

As a researcher in medical genetics at Uppsala University, I’ve been trying to understand why men in the entire world live shorter lives compared to women. This sex difference has been known for centuries but the underlying reasons have been poorly understood. In my talk I will present results showing that a male-specific genetic risk factor (on the theme ‘Y not?’) can help to shed some light on the underlying reasons for the global difference in longevity between the sexes.

Lars Forsberg
Lars Forsberg

The ever-changing eternal evil

PhD students in Biblical Studies, Department of Theology, Uppsala University

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner’s words point to the continuous relevance of historical studies, and the need to understand how ideas migrate and develop through the ages. Contemporary ideas of evil are traceable throughout millennia of human mythology. How and why does history still come back to haunt us? Turning the critical gaze towards ancient narratives about the demonic and sinful, biblical scholars Natalie Lantz and Petter Spjut show how we can gain deeper awareness of ourselves, the past and the present by analyzing the transhistorical journeys of the satanic.

Natalie Lantz & Petter Spjut
Natalie Lantz & Petter Spjut

Success is in the eye of the beholder

Founder of Murobhas Art

Natalia Murobha is a self-taught artist that has expressed herself through art in various forms such as visual art, poetry and storytelling since early childhood. The art has followed her everywhere despite various life situations. Whether it was at an orphanage in cold Moscow (Russia), the little flat with her single dad in Tensta (Sweden), or when she was a homeless teenager in Baltimore (U.S), art has always been a red thread in Natalia’s life. Natalia usually says that the art is “My voice at the highest volume”.

Natalia Murobha
Natalia Murobha

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