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Professor Rob Dunbar, Chair of Celtic Languages, Literature, History and Antiquities, presents his inaugural lecture entitled "Canada, the Gaelic Imagination, and the Future of the Celtic Languages / Canada, am Mac-meanmna Gàidhlig, agus na Cànanan Ceilteach san Àm ri Teachd".
Territories that are now part of Canada received more Gaelic-speaking emigrants than any other in the world and, unsurprisingly, the links between the Scottish Highlands and Canada are profound. This lecture will first examine how Canada, and in particular Canada's Gaelic heritage, is perceived, imagined and deployed by Scottish Gaels—and other Scots—revealing a curious mix of truths, half-truths and missed opportunities.
This lecture is in Gaelic.
Recorded on 18 November 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's St Cecilia's Hall.
Chaidh barrachd Ghàidheal chun nan sgìrean a tha a-nis mar phàirt de Canada na gu sgìrean sam bith eile air an t-saoghal agus air sàilibh sin, chan eil e na iongnadh gu bheil na ceanglaichean eadar Gàidhealtachd na h-Alba agus Canada làidir. An toiseach san òraid seo, bheirear sùil air mar a tha Canada, agus gu sònraichte dualchas Gàidhlig Chanada, air a tuigsinn, air a samhlachadh, agus air a cleachdadh le Gàidheil Alba—agus Albannaich eile—gus measgachadh annasach de fhìrinneachdan, faoin-sgeulan agus cothroman caillte a thoirt am follais.
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Professor Matthias Schwannauer, Professor of Clinical Psychology, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "From Cradle to Grave: The Development of Relationships, Emotions and Mental Health".
Recorded on Tuesday 14 May 2013, at the University of Edinburgh's Business School.
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Professor Christina Boswell, Professor of Politics, delivered her inaugural lecture entitled "Against 'Interests' in Political Science: Public Policy and Political Motivation".
Recorded on Tuesday 21 May 2013, at the University of Edinburgh's Business School.
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Professor Ewen A Cameron, Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "The Political Histories of Modern Scotland".
Recorded on Tuesday 7 May 2013, at the University of Edinburgh's Business School.
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Professor Josephine (Tonks) Fawcett, Professor of Student Learning in Nurse Education delivered her inaugural lecture entitled "A career for nursing: passions, privileges, pains and purpose".
Recorded on Tuesday 30 April 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's Business School.
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Professor Charlotte Clarke, Professor of Health in Social Science delivered her inaugural lecture entitled "Phew! For a minute there I lost myself - the experience of living with dementia"
Recorded on Tuesday 23 April 2013, at the University of Edinburgh's Business School.
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Professor Philipp Koehn: Personal Chair in Machine Translation delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "Open Problems in Machine Translation".
Recorded on Thursday 21 March 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's Informatics Forum.
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Professor Lydia Plowman: Chair in Education and Technology, delivered her inaugural lecture entitled "Seven myths about young children and technology".
Recorded on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's Appleton Tower.
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Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, delivered her inaugural lecture entitled "Love and Law in Christianity and Islam".
Recorded on Monday 4 March 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's St Cecilia's Hall.
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Professor J Douglas Armstrong, Deputy Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Bioinformatics and Personal Chair of Systems Neurobiology, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "Systems Neuroscience".
Recorded on Tuesday 5 February 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's Informatics Forum.
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Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, Professor of Landscape Architecture, delivered her inaugural lecture entitled "You really should get out more! Landscape quality and quality of life".
We all know that an active lifestyle is a healthy one, and that getting away from the stresses of everyday life can be good for us, but do we live in the kinds of environments that make these easy?
There is evidence to suggest that access to certain kinds of landscapes can make a real difference to our wellbeing, throughout the course of our lives. But, if the design of local landscapes can make a difference to our health and quality of life, do current policies reflect this in the way that our environments are planned and managed?
In this presentation I will share my interest in understanding the ways that different groups of people respond to green or natural landscapes in their local environment. In particular, I will consider what factors influence the ways people engage with, and benefit from, such natural environments, and how good landscape planning and design might make a difference. I will share some exciting recent findings that show a deeply rooted need for good quality landscapes around where we live and spend our days.
Recorded on Tuesday 11 December 2012 at the University of Edinburgh's Business School.
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Professor Ronnie Cann, Personal Chair in Linguistic Semantics, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "Doing Language".
One of the features of human language that distinguishes it from the call systems of other species is that the former can be used to refer to situations, objects and other things that are not in the immediate context of an utterance. It is, on the other hand, also well recognised that certain aspects of an utterance, written or spoken, depend for their interpretation on the context in which the utterance occurs. Expressions like "here", "now", "she", "that person" depend on the context to identify what is meant while the import of clauses like "it's hot in here" or "I've got a headache" depend on the social situation of the speakers and the situations they are engaged in for their precise interpretation.
Less often considered, at least within linguistic theories, is the extent to which contextual dependence pervades natural human languages that are notoriously vague, with expressions used often only being partially expressive of a concept that we can nevertheless readily use and understand. Indeed, it is abundantly clear from any cursory look at "real" natural language data, spoken or written, that languages display an endemic sensitivity to context so that meanings, intentions, and other information that they can convey may never be fully fixed. Indeed, it appears that languages are inherently dynamic in use and structure and that is this notion of language as a practice or process that allows us to exploit inherent context sensitivity for effective and generally efficient use of linguistic resources in acts of communication, even with ourselves. Notoriously, however, neither of these properties, context dependence and dynamicity, are typically addressed by current theories of grammar.
In this talk, I argue, to the contrary, that they are central to understanding natural language in general and the grammatical properties of particular languages and that the current view that languages are analysable as context independent objects is untenable and that a radical rethink of current approaches to grammatical theory is necessary if we are ever to understand the nature of human language.
Recorded on Tuesday 27 November 2012 at the University of Edinburgh's Appleton Tower lecture theatre.
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Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne, Chair of European Union Law, presented her inaugural lecture entitled "The Lawless Science of EU Law: Constitutional Responsibility and the Court of Justice".
When constitutional courts interpret the law, they make law. But they also influence the direction of policy-making and are frequently called upon to determine questions that seem to have very little to do with legal reasoning at all. This lecture will position the Court of Justice of the European Union as a transnational constitutional court and evaluate its performance using the conceptual benchmark of constitutional responsibility. It will be shown that the values of fairness, coherence and integrity are central to that assessment; and that the verdict is mixed. The absence of more prescriptive guidance or signposts in the EU's primary legal documents - its Treaties - will be explored as a considerable challenge for the Court to manage. More pragmatically, it will be argued that the current structure of the Court hinders it from fulfilling the responsibilities it owes, especially to the national courts of the EU Member States. But the notion of responsibility also demands that the Court demonstrate greater awareness of its constitutional purpose and shape its own judicial behaviour accordingly.
Recorded on Friday 9 November 2012 at Old College, the University of Edinburgh.
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Professor Stephen Gilmore, Chair of Software Systems Modelling, presented his inaugural lecture entitled "Is Informatics an indiscrete science?"
One of the first lessons that every student of informatics learns is that computers operate with digital logic in a discrete world of bits. Starting from this view, the right way to reason about and predict the behaviour of programs is then to use discrete mathematics to prove logical properties of interest because discrete methods are precise and exact. While this approach is clearly justifiable and sensible it is also ultimately unhelpful because it does not scale to allow us to reason about larger systems with many interacting components. At these larger scales it becomes appropriate to adopt a continuous view of the discrete entities which are involved and to work instead with approximate numerical methods rather than exact ones. To go too far in this direction and abandon discrete methods altogether would be wrong because it would move too far away from the essential nature of informatics but perhaps it is worthwhile to explore more in the direction of continuous methods and see if informatics is an indiscrete science after all.
In this inaugural lecture I will tell the story of my journey along the path from the discrete world to the continuous world with PEPA, a modelling language that was invented in Edinburgh and now is used by research groups all over the world.
More details can be found at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/informatics/news-eve
Recorded on Monday 19 November 2012 at Appleton Tower lecture theatre, the University of Edinburgh.
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Professor Federica G Pedriali, Professor of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies, presented her inaugural lecture, entitled "Gadda Goes to War: On becoming militant in the name of the militance of literature".
There is something about Gadda. The press is in no doubt, in the wake of box office success: "Tutti pazzi per Gadda". The Italian newspaper Repubblica cannot hold back: "Fabrizio Gifuni's monologue is our mirror". It is good to know that the nation in tatters still tolerates the mirror. It is even better, for those who are militant about culture, that it should be Gadda, our most exuberant modernist writer, to provide the emergency rations. One hundred twenty one performances have not just fuelled huge media interest: they do make an urgent statement about our collective need. And now, Italy's best kept literary secret is even packaged for emergency export -- thank goodness for the visionarism of those resisting in the world of the arts.
More details can be found at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/humanities-soc-sci/n
Recorded on Thursday 20 September 2012 at the University of Edinburgh's Appleton Tower.
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Professor Kenneth Reid, Chair of Scots Law, presented his inaugural lecture, entitled "Smoothing the rugged parts of the passage: Scots Law and its Edinburgh Chair".
This lecture examines the establishment of the Chair of Scots Law in 1722, considers some of its holders, and offers reflections on research and writing on Scottish private law.
Recorded on Tuesday 18 September 2012 at the University of Edinburgh's Old College.
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Scott Aaronson, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "Quantum Computing and the Limits of the Efficiently Computable".
Mr Aaronson discusses what can and can't be feasibly computed according to physical law. He argues that this is a fundamental question, not only for mathematics and computer science, but also for physics; and that the infeasibility of certain computational problems (such as NP-complete problems) could plausibly be taken as a physical principle, analogous to the Second Law or the impossibility of superluminal signalling.
He first explains the basics of computational complexity, including the infamous P versus NP problem and the Extended Church-Turing Thesis. Then he discusses quantum computers: what they are, whether they can be scalably built, and what's known today about their capabilities and limitations. Lastly, he touches on speculative models of computation that would go even beyond quantum computers, using (for example) closed timelike curves or nonlinearities in the Schrodinger equation.
Mr Aaronson emphasises that, even if "intractable" computations occur in a particular description of a physical system, what really matters is whether those computations have observable consequences.
Scott Aaronson is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his PhD in computer science from University of California, Berkeley and did postdocs at the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Waterloo.
Scott's research interests center around fundamental limits on what can efficiently be computed in the physical world. This has entailed studying quantum computing, the most powerful model of computation we have based on known physical theory.
He writes a blog (www.scottaaronson.com/blog), and is the creator of the Complexity Zoo (www.complexityzoo.com), an online encyclopedia of computational complexity theory. He was the recipient of NSF's Alan T Waterman Award for 2012.
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Professor Alex Simpson, Personal Chair in Foundations of Computer Science, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "The Intertwined Foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science".
Mathematics is commonly perceived as a subject in which there are absolute standards of truth and proof. This perception, however, is not entirely accurate. There are ways in which it is possible to shape mathematics to suit the applications to which it will be put.
In this talk, which is aimed at a general audience, Prof Simpson discusses various ways in which mathematics can be reshaped to take account of concepts arising in computer science.
He also briefly touches upon how such reshapings might even be of use within certain areas of mathematics itself.
Recorded on Thursday 17 May at the Informatics Forum, The University of Edinburgh.
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Professor Tony Lynch, Personal Chair of Student Learning (English for Academic Purposes), presented his inaugural lecture entitled "The Importance of Listening to International Students".
The title is intentionally ambiguous. It refers firstly to the importance for international students of having adequate comprehension of spoken English; and it also alludes to the importance for the University of taking account of international students' perceptions of studying at Edinburgh.
In the lecture, Prof Lynch addresses both these issues. In the first part he draws on his research into the experience of second language listeners, in order to outline the processes underlying comprehension, the problems likely to arise, and possible solutions to those difficulties.
In the second part he discuss postgraduates' responses to an ELTC (English Language Teaching Centre) survey on linguistic and cultural aspects of studying at Edinburgh. He argues that relatively minor adjustments by and for international students would help smooth their path to academic success.
Recorded on Wednesday 16 May 2012 at the Auditorium lecture theatre, Business School, The University of Edinburgh.
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Professor Ian Campbell, Chair of Architectural History & Theory (ECA) delivers his Inaugural Lecture entitled "Planning for Pilgrims: St Andrews as the Second Rome".
The burgh of St Andrews was laid out in the mid-twelfth century, on a grandiose scale, and to a different plan from the majority of contemporary burghs in Scotland, including Edinburgh.
The lecture argues that it was deliberately modelled on the Vatican Borgo, the area between St Peter's and the Tiber in Rome, which had been fortified in the ninth century AD.
At the time of the laying out of the burgh, the bishops of St Andrews were trying to elevate their status by using the relics of St Andrew, St Peter's older brother, just as the bishops of Compostela had done earlier in the twelfth century, when they gained the title of 'apostolic see' for Santiago, putting it on a par with Jerusalem and Rome.
Recorded on Monday 7 May 2012 at the Auditorium lecture theatre, Business School, The University of Edinburgh.
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Sethu Vijayakumar is the Professor of Robotics and the Director of the Institute for Perception, Action and Behavior (IPAB) at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
This inaugural lecture, entitled "Robots that learn: old dreams, new tools", is about making robots run faster, jump higher and throw further while being as versatile, robust and adaptive as humans.
Sethu illustrates some success stories and talks about the spills and thrills of working on exciting robotics platforms such as KUKA and SARCOS dexterous arms, Touch Bionics iLIMB and humanoid robots such as the HONDA ASIMO, DB and the Nao footballers. He also reflects on the impact of this work on domains ranging from assisted living and autonomous navigation to prosthetics, robotic radiotherapy, exoskeletons and green energy.
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Professor Andrew Patrizio, Chair of Scottish Visual Culture at the University of Edinburgh, delivers his Inaugural Lecture "Steps to an Ecology of Scottish Art".
How can Scottish art assert its place in today's highly interconnected, globalised and environmentally challenged world? Can in-depth study of individual artworks create much larger and more complex cultural spaces in which to contemplate national and international problems?
In this illustrated lecture, Professor Andrew Patrizio selects a number of key contemporary artistic practices in our notional 'Scotland' and considers them through an expansive ecological model - from Martin Creed to Ilana Halperin and Boyle Family. The lecture title echoes the 1972 book 'Steps to an Ecology of Mind' by visual anthropologist and cyberneticist Gregory Bateson but also will call on Scottish and international figures that offer inspiration for the future study of Scottish visual culture.
As an experiment emanating from Professor Patrizio's background in exhibition curating, the final form of this talk will be determined by a small group of primary and secondary school pupils, through their preferred ordering of the main artworks to be discussed in the lecture.
Professor Patrizio holds the chair of Scottish Visual Culture at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also director for the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership. He was previously a curator at Glasgow Museums and the Hayward Gallery, London.
Recorded on Wednesday 4 April 2012 at the Auditorium lecture theatre, Business School, The University of Edinburgh.
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Professor John Lee, Personal Chair of Digital Media, delivers his Inaugural Lecture "Learning Vicariously with Rich Media".
Recorded on Monday 26 March 2012 at the Auditorium lecture theatre, Business School, The University of Edinburgh.
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Professor Alice Turk, Personal Chair of Linguistic Phonetics, delivered her inaugural lecture entitled "Timing in talking: how is it controlled, and what is it for?"
Recorded on 15 March 2012 at the University of Edinburgh's Business School auditorium.
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Professor Andrew Thompson presents his Inaugural lecture entitled, "The State of the Citizenry: views from the communities".
Prof Thompson, Personal Chair of Public Policy and Citizenship, examines the relationship between the State, as manifested through public sector services, and its citizens.
The focus is on how citizens interpret and make sense of their citizenship in the context of health care, as individuals and members of diverse and overlapping communities.
Concepts of involvement, participation and deliberation, which are central to debates over democratic governance and stakeholder society, are considered from the perspectives of patients, members of civil society organisations and unengaged members of the public.
Mutual forms of service delivery, such as co-production, co-management and co-governance, are explored in relation to improving the quality of health services to deliver effective, patient-centred outcomes.
Mixed methods are highlighted to exemplify the importance of a broad palette of forms of data and associated analyses and interpretations.
Recorded 20 February 2012, at the Auditorium lecture theatre, Business School, The University of Edinburgh.
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Professor Simon King presents his Inaugural Lecture entitled, "Using speech synthesis to give everyone their own voice".
Prof Simon King, Personal Chair of Speech Processing, provides an introduction to how computers can be used generate natural-sounding speech.
He then introduces a method of automatically creating voices that sound like particular individuals, based on relatively short recordings of their voice. The method works for both normal speech and disordered speech.
The lecture concludes with a showcase of recent work from the Centre for Speech Technology Research which includes the use of this technology to provide personalised communication aids for those who are losing the ability to speak, such as people with Motor Neurone Disease.
Recorded 6 February 2012 at the Auditorium lecture theatre, Business School, The University of Edinburgh.
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Professor Marilyn Booth presents her inaugural lecture entitled "The Islamic Politics of John Stuart Mill: Street literature, translation and gender activism in Egypt, circa 2002".
The discourse on Islamic practices as a basis for politics in Egypt has been accompanied for at least a century by the production of manuals to guide believers in their daily lives, as gendered members of a community - as Muslim women and Muslim men.
This literature of conduct echoes and draws upon believers' use of the Prophet's sunna - his example in conduct and in words - to enact the proper and pious life. Such popularly aimed manuals focus particularly on assigning specific gender roles and social spaces to women as the signifiers of family and national honour.
This lecture considers the messages such conduct manuals propound, in light of 20th-century rhetoric on Islam and governance, and juxtaposes these works with a recent translation of John Stuart Mill's 'The Subjection of Women' into Arabic, exploring how a classic work of European thought becomes part of a contemporary production of the gendered Muslim subject.
This lecture was recorded on 19 January 2012 at the Auditorium lecture theatre, Business School, The University of Edinburgh.
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Alex Lascarides, Professor of Semantics, presents her inaugural lecture entitled "Discourse Coherence".
Professor Lascarides' primary research focuses on modelling human communication, particularly on how the meaning of an utterance interacts with the interpreter's expectations that the speaker will organise discourse so as to highlight meaningful relationships among successive contributions.
She has spent the last 20 years developing formally precise models of discourse meaning, commonsense reasoning and agent behaviour so as to model this interaction. Recently she has focused on developing a computational model of non-verbal communication, particularly spontaneous and improvised hand gestures that occur in face to face conversation.
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Professor Barbara Webb, Professor of Biorobotics, presents "Robotic perspectives on biological systems".
Considering animals to be 'mere machines' has a long history. From a robotic perspective, biological systems are existence proofs of the kinds of machines we would like to build. I will argue that this constructive approach to biology is both scientifically powerful and increases our appreciation of the natural systems evolution has produced. I will also discuss some of the limitations and challenges faced by biorobotics.
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Prof David Howarth delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "Rubens and the Art of Friendship" on 10 May 2011.
Peter Paul Rubens was an enormously successful painter who worked for the Catholic church in Europe, and the courts of Brussels, Madrid, Paris and London, between 1600-1640.
It will be suggested that a neglected explanation for how Rubens became the first "European painter" was his genius for friendship. Through the warmth of personal contacts and the strategic cultivation of friendships with the great if not the good, Rubens hugely enhanced his profile. A gift for making himself genial was central to his acquisition of key commissions during the early decades of the seventeenth century.
How Rubens nurtured these friendship networks, and what they meant to his career and outlook on life, will be examined through his letters and paintings.
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Prof Henry S. Thompson divides his time between the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where he is Reader in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, based in the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, and independent consulting on XML-related business strategy.
His lecture is entitled, Understanding the Web, How theory and practice diverge.
Chaired by Senior Vice-Principal, Professor Nigel Brown
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Professor Jolyon Mitchell delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "How can weapons be turned into art? How can swords be transformed into ploughshares?" on 15 September 2011.
For some scholars and practitioners involved in building peace, the phrase 'Swords into Ploughshares' is an overused cliché that has lost its original force. In this illustrated public lecture, Professor Jolyon Mitchell investigates how this ancient text is being brought to life in many different parts of the world through artistic projects promoting peace.
He analyses how various artists are transforming weapons that used to kill into tools for farming, useful objects or symbols of peace. He explores how different museums, educators and film-makers are now using these pieces to envision peace. Professor Mitchell considers the significance of these expressions of 'Swords into Ploughshares' in local, national and international peacebuilding.
Jolyon Mitchell is Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, and a former BBC World Service Producer and Journalist.
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Professor Simon Kirby delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "The Language Organism: evolution, culture, and what it means to be human" on 22 March 2011.
For my public Inaugural Lecture, I will be trying to give a broad accessible summary of the importance of some of the recent research in the LEC.
Our species can do something utterly unique in the natural world - a behaviour so transformative that it has reshaped the mechanisms of our own evolution. We are able to take a novel thought and cause another person to share that thought simply by recombining sounds we learned to make as children. Virtually all species communicate, but only humans have this trick called Language.
But where does this unique trait come from? How did it evolve? Why are we the only species that has it? The quest to answer these questions starts in the familiar world of biological evolution. Perhaps we have evolved an "organ" for language, just like other animals have their own specialised biological apparatus. However there is something very peculiar about language that makes such simple answers suspect. In recent years, work pioneered in Edinburgh has demonstrated that language itself is a new kind of evolutionary system -- one we are only just beginning to understand.
In this talk, I will survey the progress made in making sense of this system and what it means for our understanding of language and of ourselves. Along the way we will see how we can study language evolution in the laboratory; what birds and foxes might tell us; and why culture might be changing the way we evolve.
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Prof Libkin delivered his Inaugural entitled "Separating possible from impossible, or why practical computing needs theory" on Tuesday 10 May 2011.
Leonid Libkin is Professor of Foundations of Data Management in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He was previously a Professor at the University of Toronto and a member of research staff at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994.
Professor Libkin's main research interests are in the areas of data management and applications of logic in computer science. He has written four books and over 150 technical papers. He was the recipient of a Marie Curie Chair Award from the EU in 2006, a Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2001, and won four best paper awards. Professor Libkin has chaired programme committees of major database conferences (ACM PODS, ICDT) and was the conference chair of the 2010 Federated Logic Conference. He has given a dozen invited conference talks and has served on multiple program committees and editorial boards.
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The inaugural lecture from Professor Clive Bonsall from our School of Arts, Culture & Environment entitled "Farmers, Floods and River Gods: What happened at the Iron Gates of the Danube between 6300 and 6000 BC?"
Professor Bonsall (Personal Chair of Early Prehistory) delivered his lecture on 3 May 2011.
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Andrew Erskine, Professor of Ancient History, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "Roman power, Greek reaction".
At the beginning of second century BC, Rome announced that it had brought freedom to the Greeks. By the end of the century the Greeks were effectively the subjects of Rome. This lecture explores the Greek reaction to these changed circumstances.
Recorded on 15 March 2011 at the University of Edinburgh's Appleton Tower lecture theatre.
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Professor Timothy Bates, Personal Chair of Individual Differences in Psychology, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "Psychology in your world: what twins, genes, and bodies tell us about dyslexia, coalitions, architecture and happiness".
Recorded on 23 November 2010 at the University of Edinburgh's Appleton Tower lecture theatre.
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Inaugural Lecture of Vincent Danos: Information Carriers in Biomolecular Networks.
Vincent Danos is a professor at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Informatics Life-Sciences Institute and the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science.
He is Directeur de Recherches at CNRS with the Équipe Preuves, Programmes, Systèmes, an eminent centre for computer science research in France.
Vincent is also interested in biology and has led path-breaking research towards new forms of modeling.
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Inaugural Lecture of Dave Robertson: Programming the Social Computer.
Dave Robertson is the Head of the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. His current research is on formal methods for coordination and knowledge sharing in distributed, open systems using ubiquitous internet and mobile infrastructures - the long term goal being to develop theories, languages and tools that out-perform conventional software engineering approaches in these arenas.
He was coordinator of the OpenKnowledge project and was a principal investigator on the Advanced Knowledge Technologies research consortium which were major EU and UK projects in this area.
His earlier work was primarily on program synthesis and on the high level specification of programs where he built some of the earliest systems for automating the construction of large programs from domain-specific requirements. He has contributed to the methodology of the field by developing the use of "lightweight" formal methods - traditional formal methods made much simpler to use in an engineering context by tailoring them to a specific type of task.
As an undergraduate he trained as a biologist and continues to prefer biology-related applications of his research, although methods from his group have also been applied to other areas such as astronomy, healthcare, simulation of consumer behaviour and emergency response.