2014 Symposium

Brazilian Academy of Sciences
US National Academy of Sciences and US National Academy of Engineering
March 17-19, 2014 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



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Symposium co-chairs:  Christina Amon, University of Toronto, and Alvaro Prata, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Brazil


 BIOENGINEERING AND PUBLIC HEALTH: Biomedical Materials and Devices for Bridging the Biotic-Abiotic Interface

Session co-chairs:  Christopher Bettinger, Carnegie Mellon University, and Marcos Pinotti Barbosa, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Mathematical Modeling and Control of Mechanical and Biological Systems
Luciano Menegaldo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Non-Invasive Measurement of Neural Signals for Biomedical Applications
Todd Coleman, University of California, San Diego

Constructing and Analyzing Organs on a Chip System
Shuichi Takayama, University of Michigan

Enabling Information Technologies for Organ Bio-Printing
Rodrigo Alvarenga Rezende, Renato Archer Information Technology Center


Session co-chairs:  André Galembeck, Centro de Tecnologias Estratégicas de Nordeste, and Jose Leboreiro, Archer Daniels Midland Research

Improved Feedstocks
Fabio H. Pereira, Monsanto Brazil

Conversion Technologies
Patricia Cheung, DuPont

Biofuel Applications
Adilson Liebsch, Amyris Brazil S.A.

Role of Life-Cycle Analysis in U.S. Energy Policy Making
Jeongwoo Han, Argonne National Laboratory


Session co-chairs:  Rodrigo Capaz, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Michael Strano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I.  Carbon Nanomaterials

Electronic and Vibrational Properties of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene
Ado Jorio, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Simulations of Electronic Transport in Nanoscopic Devices
Alexandre Reily Rocha, Theoretical Physics Institute

II.  Nanotechnology Based on Programmable Nucleic Acids

Programming Nucleic Acids Self-Assembly
Peng Yin, Harvard Medical School

Computational Design of Functional Nucleic Acid Nanoassemblies [PDF]
Mark Bathe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Session co-chairs:  Patricia Romero-Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Marcelo Zuffo, São Paulo University

How Characteristics of Metropolitan Areas Interact to Foster Invention and Innovation
Deborah Strumsky, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Sentient Cities: Leveraging Crowdsourcing, Mobile, and Social Techniques to Address Challenges in City Planning
Sergio Borger, IBM

How to Develop Culturally Sensitive ICT Solutions to Improve Quality of Life
Junia Anacleto, Universidade Federal de São CarlosMainstreaming and Implementing Urban Climate Response Strategies

Mainstreaming and Implementing Urban Climate Response Strategies
Alex Aylett, Sustainable Cities International and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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