St Edmund Hall Chapel
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Talks V: Chapel

What is "Computational Complexity Theory" and why does anybody care?

Leslie Ann Goldberg (SCR)

Read more >Computational Complexity Theory is a mathematical research area in which the goal is to classify computational  problems according to their inherent difficulty, determining which  problems are inherently unsolvable, and understanding what are the structural properties that make problems difficult. This talk is a very short, very informal survey. My aim is to illustrate very roughly what sort of things we think about (and why). The talk is targeted at a general academic audience - especially at people from completely different research areas!

The stimulated brain

Charlotte Stagg (SCR)

Read more >Non-invasive brain stimulation has been around for thousands of years - from the use of electric fish in Ancient Greece to cure headaches, to the modern use of very small electric currents passed through the brain via two electrodes placed on the scalp. Today, we use stimulation to modulate on-going brain activity, with the ultimate aim of improving hand use after stroke.  Here I will discuss a little about how these techniques might work, and how we have started to use them in stroke survivors.

Lost in Translation? Experiencing the body on stage and screen

Alexandra Greenfield & Vanessa Lee (MCR)

Read more >This presentation will seek to explore how audiences respond to the body on stage and on screen. We will explore the concept of ‘liveness’ and question how the physical presence of an actor alters our expectation of a cinematic/ theatrical event. We will touch on spectator theory, in both theatre and film, briefly explaining the key theories and concepts in relation to this. Finally, we will apply this to a practical example, using the play The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs and the corresponding film to explore what all this theory means in practice. We will conclude by offering up for discussion the question of to what extent we apply ‘theatrical’ or ‘cinematic’ modes of interpretation when we look at bodies in real life.

Cancer: why it's bad to the bone

Claire Edwards (SCR)

Read more >This talk (aimed at a lay audience) will give an overview of why cancer metastasis to bone is so devastating, what the challenges are and what we are trying to do about it.