Technology for Sensory Expansion 2023
This year we are joining forces with several teams in the Clubes de Ciencia network to run an exciting project with the support of the Templeton Foundation and Frank Wilczek. In 2019, CdeCMX started a collaboration with Physics Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek to design a Club on using technology for sensory expansion which has been implemented a few times across several countries in our network.
This year, we are inviting a select group of scientists from around the world to contribute to this club. They come from different fields including physics, chemistry, computer sciences and engineering.
The 2023 version of this club will take place in 4 countries starting with the 2023 edition of Clubes de Ciencia México (CdeCMx), the dates are:
July 9 - July 15, 2023: Guadalajara
July 31 - August 5, 2023: Ensenada & Monterrey
August 7 - August 12, 2023: Oaxaca
We are excited to expand this Club to Colombia, Peru and Brazil.
2023 Instructors and Clubes
Sara Luisa Rodriguez De Luna - Tec de Monterrey, Nuevo León
Rolando Efraín Ramírez Garza - Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Rodolfo Ferro - Bisonic México
Perceiving through the technology: Did you know that there are materials with unique and exceptional optical and electronic properties that help us diagnose and detect diseases? These materials, when excited with ultraviolet or visible light, can emit radiation in the visible or infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, characteristics that allow their application in the medical area as luminescent sensors or bioimaging devices. However, there are occasions where our senses are limited to perceive the luminescent characteristics of these materials. In this Club, designed with the help of Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, we will learn how technology helps us develop our senses to perceive and visualize the optical characteristics of some materials, and take advantage of them to develop even more technology. In addition, through programming, we will learn to develop algorithms for the identification of the luminescent characteristics of a material based on its color. Are you ready?
Hannah Takasuka - University of California San Francisco
Liliana Magdalena Vargas Arreguin - Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada, CICESE
Build your own super power: Imagine you could have a superpower like seeing the invisible, listening as a bat or detect smells like dogs do. Electronic devices can help us to do it. As examples, smoke detectors activate an alarm if a dangerous threshold is reached; and pulse oximeters measure signals to estimate blood oxygen levels and heart rate, etc.
In the first days of this club, you will learn the basics of how to develop Arduino’s hardware and software components to make a smoke detector and reaction time videogame. With this knowledge, you will come up with the design for your own sensor device, build it, and pitch it to scientists!"
Clark Alexander - Independent
Pedro Mijangos - Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
A trip to other dimensions: Did you know that most people see three dimensions of color? But some only see two and others can see four? We want to discover what the world looks like through their eyes. In this club you will be able to discover color theory through didactic experiments with Arduinos and the use of programming tools to analyze some hyperspectral images
Magda Carolina Sánchez López - Centro de Investigación de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Zacatenco, CINVESTAV
Yanahi Posadas Torrentera - Centro de Investigación de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Zacatenco, CINVESTAV
The world through the eyes of spectroscopy: Have you ever wondered how our eyes work? What is the color? What is beyond what our eyes can see? In this club, we will learn the chemistry behind our senses and introduce you to spectroscopy as an ally to understand what we cannot see. We will study the invaluable contributions of spectroscopy to medicine (X-rays, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, fluorescence, etc.). We will measure the spectrum of color and know in 3D the proteins that allow us to see, hear and feel.
DESCRIPTION OF THE CLUB
Science teaches us that there's a lot more “out there” that our senses pick up. Over time, people have learned to enhance their senses in many ways: microscopes, radios, telescopes, robots, etc. Modern technologies offer opportunities to perceive our world in new and exciting ways, and for creative sensory enhancement.
In this course, the students develop both software and hardware projects that exemplify the augmentation of the human senses.
Each individual workshop might be different and, depending on the instructors’ expertise, some topics might be explained in more detail than others. The course of the “club” is a week-long intensive class of eight hours each day.
Some of the topics covered in the workshop are below:
Human color perception
Physics of light and sound
Physical computing with Arduino
Programming in Python
For example, the club is not limited to this idea. Human color vision takes three averages over a small region of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is an infinite continuum. Through creative use of modern technology, students in this club will construct both software and hardware projects that exemplify how, through creative use of modern technology, we can sense more that our color vision allows us to. Basic ideas of Python and Arduino programming, image processing, spectrometers and optoelectronic circuits will be involved in the projects.