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

A stuntwoman’s thoughts on kicking ass and the good girl syndrome

Stuntwoman

I am a wrestler and musical theater actress turned stuntwoman. To work as a stuntwoman is the most exciting thing I could ever imagine doing. You might have seen me, but probably not my face, in games like Battlefield V and tv-series like Modus or Springfloden. Exploding, crashing and falling while portraying amazing women in film, tv and games for a living. So imagine my frustration when watching a rehearsal of a fight scene at one of the biggest theatre scenes in Sweden and the director told all the women in the ensemble to go to the back of the crowd, as far away from the action as possible. I was shocked because no one seemed to think twice of this or disagree. I want the stories that we tell on stage and screen to show girls and boys that skill and ambition is a deal-breaker when it comes to who should be on the frontlines, not your gender.

Nilla Hansson
Nilla Hansson

Incentives, control or trust – An economist’s journey towards understanding how the public sector works

Associate professor in Economics / Chair for the Government Committee for Trust-based management

Why do so few policy reforms lead to the expected impact? Most of evaluation literature, including my own, has reached that conclusion. In my talk I will combine my research in empirical labor economics with my experience of leadership in the public sector to address the question of how large public organizations should be managed to produce best impact. More specific, I will argue for trust-based management. As the chair for the Government Committee for trust-based management (Tillitsdelegationen) I have worked closely with researchers, politicians, managers and employees to analyze and promote this kind of management. My TEDx-talk will share the best advice from that work.

Laura Hartman
Laura Hartman