Intelligent materials: creating future technology

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 3 June

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Event description

Today’s researchers are designing materials that physically sense, adapt, and fall together instead of apart. From furniture that builds itself and flat shoes that jump into shape, to islands that grow themselves.

Join Skylar Tibbits as he explores how we can design simple and elegant intelligent materials, that may one day animate and improve themselves.

In this talk, Skylar discusses how materials can exhibit behaviours that we typically associate with biological organisms, the challenges we face and how they can help us create a sustainable future.



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About the speaker

Skylar Tibbits is a designer and computer scientist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly and programmable materials within the built environment. Tibbits is the founder and co-director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, and Associate Professor of Design Research in the Department of Architecture. 

Skylar has a professional degree in architecture and a minor in experimental computation from Philadelphia University, and a masters in design computation and masters computer science from MIT. He has worked at a number of design offices including Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture and Point b Design.

He has designed and built large-scale installations and exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Centre Pompidou, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and various others.

He is the author of the book Self-Assembly Lab: Experiments in Programming Matter, Active Matter, co-editor of Being Material and the Editor-In-Chief of the journal 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.

Sylar's latest book, 'Things Fall Together: A Guide to the New Materials Revolution', is available to purchase from Amazon and all good book shops. 


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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