Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science ranges from understanding human memory, to trying to develop prosthetics for the brain. His nonfiction writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to TV/movie diseases, and from fictional depictions of real science to living in space. His recent forays into short fiction have been published in the Four Horsemen Universe (The Good, The Bad and the Merc & Tales from the Lyon's Den - Chris Kennedy Publ.), the Black Tide Rising universe (Black Tide Rising and Voices of the Fall - Baen), in Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), the TRADOC Mad Science Writing contest (Small Wars Journal), and is co-editor (with Les Johnson) of the mixed science and fiction anthology Homo Stellaris (Baen).
Dr. Hampson is a Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology and Neurology with over 35 years' experience in animal and human neuroscience. His professional work includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles ranging from the pharmacology of memory to the effects of radiation on the brain. He is also leading a multi-institutional clinical research effort to develop a "neural prosthetic" to restore human memory following damage due to aging, injury or disease - the first such device to operate using actual neural codes for information derived from a patient's own brain activity.
With more than two million words in scientific writing alone, communicating science to professionals and lay audiences is his greatest interest. He is known to many by his former pen-name "Tedd Roberts" or his internet handle "Speaker to Lab Animals," having given public talks on science, science fiction (and the science in science fiction) to professors, students and civic groups, government agencies as well as SF/F conventions. He is available as a subject matter expert via the Science and Entertainment Exchange - a service of the National Academy of Sciences - and as an author through his websites: http://teddroberts.com and http://hampsonlab.org.
Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Robert E. Hampson
Name of Event
Luck is Not a Factor: More Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe
Chris Kennedy moderates Luck is Not a Factor: More Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe. The 4 Horseman Roundtable: Readings, Q&A, Discussion, followed by a Mass Autograph Session
Fireside Chats: 3 Short Science Talks on Brain Science
Robert E. Hampson, Brent Roeder and Nik Rao are clinical scientists studying learning & memory, prosthetics, brain imaging and psychiatry. They will give short talks from their area of expertise discussing current medical efforts to understand the human brain and keep it healthy.
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
From Pinplants to the Terminal Man: Can Science Build the Better Humans Envisioned by SF?
Brain implants are a common feature of Science Fiction. Science is rapidly catching up with Science Fiction in developing computer interfaces, connection with robotic limbs, and the means to treat disorders of the brain. Science Fiction still holds the high ground with respect to downloading memories and developing hybrid human-computer AIs and cyborgs; but Science is closing in with prosthetics and transcranial stimulation to treat a number of disorders. What is fact? What is (still) fiction? Where can science and science fiction go from here? Dr. Robert Hampson moderates.
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.
Dr. Arlan Andrews, the Director of SIGMA, the Science Fiction Think Tank that consults for the USG, will moderate this panel with other members of SIGMA on what they do and how science fiction informs futurism