CCICADA Seminar Series in Homeland Security – April 27, 2017

CCICADA Seminar Series in Homeland Security.   Thursday from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis – CCICADA Research Group Lab Meeting
Date/Time:  Thursday, April 27, 2017/12:15pm to 1:00

Computing Research & Education Building (CoRE), Busch Campus, Rutgers, the State University of NJ
4th Floor Conference Room – 433


Edward C. Schrom, Princeton University

Title: Questions in Immunology with Potential Relevance for National Defense


Threats to our nation’s security and challenges for our nation’s military have evolved substantially over the past several decades, possibly warranting radical change in the organization of our national defense system. Perhaps we can look to nature for inspiration when it comes to designing effective and adaptive defense systems. Although I am no expert in national defense, the questions that I study regarding the organization of the mammalian immune system may be of interest to such experts. After developing a brief overview of mammalian immunity, I will present a few of my study questions. They include: How does our immune system “think,” and why doesn’t it have its own brain? What do immune systems and honeybee swarms have in common? Can arguing and personal differences actually improve a coordinated defense effort? These questions, and my plans for addressing them, are not fully developed. I will welcome feedback, and I look forward to brainstorming which aspects of immunity are truly promising for advances in national defense.

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