Data@Breakfast: “Open-Source Hardware in Science”

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Data@Breakfast: “Open-Source Hardware in Science”

February 28 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm UTC+2

You are invited to the next data@breakfast for 2020 given by Dr Marco Mariola, a researcher in the area of quantum cryptography in free space at the Quantum Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds an MScEng from the University of La Sapienza of Rome and a PhD in Physics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Marco contributes to developing tracking and synchronisation systems for quantum cryptography and low-cost instruments for schools and universities. Dr Mariola lectured in engineering and physics disciplines since 2012. His talk is titled:

 “Open-Source Hardware in Science”

Often an experimental setup requires an electronic and/or mechanical component which is commercially available under a proprietary license. If the complexity of the experiment increases, it is necessary to design and build an ad-hoc device. Open-Hardware platforms simplify the realisation of  electronic systems,  due to a large community that operates in this niche of the market and continuously builds new Plug and Play devices.  Simplifying can be tantamount to a Plug and Play system, and often means that the true potential of a system remains hidden. In this presentation, we explore some of the hardware architectures and how to increase the performance of a device without sacrificing the simplicity. Open source hardware is also a powerful tool for teaching and learning, and for these purposes, a partial use of the existing open source technology was used to develop Afrikino quasi-computer, a portable laboratory tool for science.



February 28
7:00 am - 8:30 pm


Senate Chamber, Westville Campus, UKZN
Durban, South Africa + Google Map