Solving Hard Problems with Interdisciplinary Ideas
Professorial Inaugural Lecture, 25th June 2014
In this lecture I talk about a journey through different disciplines and explain how taking inspiration and ideas from seemingly unrelated disciplines helped me to solve hard problems in other disciplines. In this journey I connect the dots between emergence in nature, complexity science, computer science, engineering,
building science and architecture and explain how this informed my research into designing zero carbon buildings. I challenge the traditional top-down approach in science and explain how a bottom-up approach to problem solving blurs boundaries between disciplines and takes us further in our journey of discovery.