PBK Speaker: Alan Aspuru-Guzik

PHI BETA KAPPA Visiting Scholar
Dr. Alán Aspuru-Guzik
Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science
University of Toronto

Do Androids Dream of Electronic Molecules?

Abstract: Molecules and materials are key to improving our quality of life. New molecules and materials can have a significant impact on the efficiency of renewable energy technologies or in therapeutics. Our research group is interested in the combined use of high-throughput methodology, artificial intelligence, and robotics as means to accelerate the process of molecular discovery. In this talk, I will overview our work on the inverse design approach for chemistry. I will review our recent work on autoencoders and generative adversarial networks as machine learning tools for chemistry and provide my perspective for accelerated materials design.

Support for this program is provided by the Iota of Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Chemistry Department, EPACC, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Founded in 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.?


Monday, February 25, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

McCreary Hall 115 Bowen Auditorium

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience


Chemistry Department
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