Plenary Lecture

Plenary Lecture

Cosmology, Holography, the Brain
and the Quantum Vacuum

Professor Antonio Alfonso-Faus
"Ad Honorem" Madrid Technical University (UPM)

Abstract: Cosmology, as a science, started at the beginning of the last century with the advent of the Einstein cosmological equations. Based on these equations, the present main stream cosmological model is the well known big-bang (this name unwillingly coined by Fred Hoyle many years ago). Relatively recent additions to this model have been inflation, dark matter and dark energy.
This talk presents a smoothly behaved new cosmological model that mainly takes into account the "dark" part of the Universe. We consider it as the background frame, the substrate, of what we see. The inclusion of the holographic principle clarifies the entropy problem that we also apply to the human brain. We take it as an engineering information center. Finally, the inclusion of the quantum vacuum in this scene creates an important challenge, an opportunity for future research in the knowledge of the Universe.

Brief Biography of the Speaker:
Antonio Alfonso-Faus graduated from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 1964. He received the Diploma Space Science (Physics and Dynamics) from the University College, London, U.K., in 1965. Then he received the Master of Science Degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A., in 1967, followed by the Ph.D. Degree (Physics and Mathematics) at the same University, in 1968. He also holds a Doctor of Aeronautical Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 1969. Presently he is active as an Ad Honorem Professor (2010), at the same UPM, where he has served teaching and researching for the last 35 years. He served as academic positions: member of the board (6 years), coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Unite (10 years) and Director of the "Aerotecnia" Department (6 years) at the E.U.I.T. Aeronautica, UPM.
He was a collaborator (5 years, 1968-1973) for the National Technical Institute for Aerospace (INTA, Spain), worked for Iberia L.A.E. (22 Years, 1973-1995) bridging knowledge between the University and the Industry. Member of the S.A.E. (U.S.A.) for aircraft engines technical specification for the Industry, Chairman of the Engine Trend Monitoring Team (ATLAS, four years), referee for various international scientific journals, chairman of various scientific international conferences (Frontiers of Fundamental Physics, Science for Health), full professor of Mechanical Engineering at the UPM (1995-2009), Golden Medal Award (UPM, 1999).
Research activities: Solar Wind, Interplanetary Magnetic Field, Lunar Wake, Cosmology and Astrophysics.

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