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TED at Penn Engineering

Below you will find TED lectures given by Penn Engineering faculty members. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TED events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Megan Ryerson: The Future of Intercity Transportation with Autonomous Vehicles

Vijay KumarDriverless cars. High-speed trains. Fewer flights. The nature of intercity transportation is changing, and Megan Ryerson is on the cutting edge of it. Dr. Ryerson’s work involves optimizing air and vehicular transportation to make them safer, less expensive, and more efficient from the passenger perspective. Her models analyze how these future technologies could change the way humans choose the way they travel between cities, and how possibility new vehicle technology could lead to more highway traffic and empty airports . WATCH HERE

Vijay Kumar: Robots That Fly... and Cooperate

Vijay KumarIn his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.


Katherine Kuchenbecker: Haptography: Digitizing Our Sense of Touch

Katherine KuchenbeckerIs it possible to incorporate the sense of touch into the digital world? Katherine Kuchenbecker thinks so. At TEDYouth 2012, Katherine shares her work in the field of haptics, while discussing its potential to change fields such as gaming, museums, dentistry and stroke rehabilitation.



Ritesh Agarwal: Silicon Nanophotonics: Turn Off the Dark

Ritesh AgarwalAgarwal briefly discusses the amazing progress made in the area of computer technology outlining some key advances leading to the development of modern computers.

Danielle Bassett: Understanding your brain as a network... and as art

Krishna P. Singh Center for NanotechnologyHow do connectivity patterns inside of your brain change when you learn a new skill? Danielle Bassett seeks to uncover this complexity and develop treatments for neurological diseases with math—and art.



Dan Huh: Engineering human organs onto a microchip

Krishna P. Singh Center for NanotechnologyHigh costs, animal testing controversies, and long delays of drug development are becoming some of the greatest economical and ethnical challenges we are facing in the 21st century. Dan Huh talks about how bioengineers might be able to circumvent this long-standing problem by using microengineering technologies to build more realistic models of human organs using organ-on-a-chip technology.