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DO play and drive - Why computer games and self-driving cars help us fight...

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Lecture & Entertainment by Dr. Michael Bussmann

Today, computers have become so ubiquitous that it is hard to even recognize their existence in our everyday life. They have changed from being our gaming machines or office typewriters to serving as our everyday companions and assistants. This drove a dramatic increase in available compute power, enabling high performance scientific computing at lower cost than ever before. Today we can study new particle accelerators on computer hardware previously used by computer gamers. With these new accelerators we plan to deliver beams of particles able to kill tumor cells. High end laser technology can potentially make these accelerators much more compact and affordable. In turn, more people would be able to get access to this kind of cancer treatment than currently possible.

Dr. Michael Bussmann's research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) spans from astrophysics to understanding matter on the atomic scale. His methods range from high performance computing to big data analytics. He likes to use hardware intended for computer games to do his work.

He strongly believes that science is not something that should be left to experts, but that “Scientist is as science does”. His research team is thus comprised of experienced scientists as well as 17-year-old pupils. The latter usually pursue the most ambitious projects.

He thinks that everyone is capable of doing science if they just try. He encourages questions and likes the answer “I have no idea, let’s find out!”


DO play and drive - Why computer games and self-driving cars help us fight cancer with lasers.

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