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23 Apr 2015

Loughborough hosts public lecture on future of technology and physical devices

The co-chairman of a company focused on the connection between software and the physical world, will visit Loughborough University next month (Tuesday 5 May) to discuss why technology’s future is in physical devices.

Jon Bruner, who works for O’Reilly Solid, will explain Silicon Valley’s current obsession with hardware and the Internet of Things. Jon will deliver the lecture “A return to atoms: why technology’s future is in physical devices”.

Prior to working for O’Reilly, Jon was the data editor at Forbes Magazine where he combined writing and programming of research subjects ranging from the operation of Columbia River’s dams to Migration within the United States.

The lecture is being hosted by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Embdedded Intelligence, a partnership between Loughborough and Heriot-Watt University funded by ESPRC. 

Dr Donna Palmer, CDTei Centre Manager, said: “Jon is the author of the seedcorn document ‘Machines are talking’ that revolutionised the Embedded Intelligence field in 2013. Our research is at the forefront of this field, spanning all sectors and industries, and we are absolutely delighted that Jon will be delivering our first Annual Foresight Lecture.”

Jon will lead the free lecture at 1:30pm in the Wolfson Building on Tuesday 5 May. To confirm and book your place, please email

For more information about the centre and to view current PhD funding opportunities please visit

Notes for editors

Article reference number: April News

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.