Miles O’Brien Ideas Festival Events

Miles O’Brien, national science correspondent for PBS NewsHour and 17-year science, environment, and aerospace correspondent for CNN, is visiting Purdue to lead 4 Ideas Festival Events. These discussions will touch on world-changing research being done across each IF focus area (space explorationartificial intelligencehealth and longevity, and sustainable economy and planet) while highlighting complementary work being done at Purdue.

The next Ideas Festival Event O’Brien will be leading is “What IF Nuclear Innovation Could Save the World?” Industry leaders, policymakers and innovators will convene at Purdue for a three-day summit on Sept. 3-5. A complete list of featured speakers and panelists is available online. They will discuss nuclear energy’s impacts on health, space exploration, artificial intelligence, robotics and sustainability.

    To date, O’Brien has hosted:

    • What IF we could engineer better health? with Dr. Ali Rezai, director of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University, whose research is advancing the use of brain chip implants in deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation to treat Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury.

    • What IF food was digital? with Caleb Harper, principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, who leads a group of engineers, scientists and educators in research that aims to shape the development of future food systems.

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