After a competitive selection process, computer science PhD student Andy McEvoy has been chosen to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laurate Meeting this summer in Lindau, Germany.
The annual meetings give undergraduates, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world the chance to meet dozens of Nobel laureates, with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary research. This year, 55 students were chosen from the United States
McEvoy, who works in Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll’s robotics lab, plans to apply what he learns at the meeting, which will be dedicated to the field of physics, to his research into robotic materials.
“Robotic materials hold the promise to deliver systems with unprecedented sensitivity and adaptivity that address applications from shape-changing aerofoils to sensitive prosthetic devices,” he explained in his application. “However, obtaining tightly integrated composites that behave autonomously requires a time horizon more common in the fundamental sciences than in engineering.”
He added that realizing their vision for robotic materials will require fostering interdisciplinary research among fields that currently don’t work closely together.
“This is an amazing opportunity to start this discussion, learn from distinguished scientists and interact with other young researchers,” McEvoy said.