Date of release: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The role that biological systems play when looking at the future of computing is the topic of a public lecture at the University of Greenwich.

Dr Wim Melis, a Senior Lecturer in Digital Electronics, explains: "Biological systems, like the human brain, are fast, with good capabilities and low power requirements. So what can be learned from them to improve computing systems?"

The lecture, Biologically inspired computing – the future?, is open to all and takes place on Wednesday 24 February. It is the latest in the popular series of public lectures run by the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science.

Dr Melis adds: "Several decades ago, a computer required a large, dedicated room. Now, smartphones have more computing power than these initial machines. However, miniaturisation and performance improvements have also led to an increase in power consumption, while energy resources are becoming more limited. Therefore, it will be essential to find a way of providing ever more efficient computers, while using less power."

His research looks at how biological systems can provide lessons to improve computer hardware and help create more intelligent devices. He is also interested in improving sustainable energy generation and management, and is the author of Computing: The Current and its Probability Based Future (Lambert Academic Publishing).

The lecture begins at 6.30pm in the Ward Room, Pembroke, Medway Campus, and will be followed by light refreshments.

To register, or for more information, call 020 8331 9800 or email FES-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To find out more about studying with the Faculty of Engineering & Science: http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci

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