Event Info:

Research Symposium: Transcending Boundaries in Sciences, Arts and Media Research

An internationally diverse group of representatives from leading research institutions will come together for two days to share their work in areas of arts, design and media based scientific research spanning topics from augmented reality to the visualization and auralization of data.

The symposium will be structured around 90 minute sessions, beginning with a presentation of current research, followed by an informal discussion of possible future directions for investigation and a question and answer session with the audience.

Tickets are REQUIRED for this event

Images: Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Symposium Schedule:

Friday, October 10th

1:00 PM | Studio 2

Moderator: James Hendler, Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science, Rensselaer

Rebecca Allen, Director, Nokia Research Center Hollywood; Professor, Department of Design|Media Arts, University of California at Los Angeles

Steven Feiner, Director, Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory, and Professor, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University

3:00 PM | Studio 2

Moderator: Wolf von Maltzahn, Acting Vice President for Research and Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer

Thanassis Rikakis, Director, Art, Media and Engineering Program, Arizona State University

Bangalore Manjunath, Director, NSF IGERT on Interactive Digital Mulitmedia; Director, Center for Bio-Image Informatics, University of California at Santa Barbara

Saturday, October 11th

1:00 PM | Studio 2

Moderator: Jonas Braasch, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Rensselaer

Stephen McAdams, Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, McGill University

Chris Chafe, Director, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University

3:00 PM | Studio 2

Moderator: Robert Linhardt, Constellation Chair/Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rensselaer

Sally Jane Norman, Director, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK

Atau Tanaka, Chair of Digital Media, Newcastle University, UK

Keynote: 4:30 PM | Studio 2

Roger Malina, Chairman Emeritus, Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences; President, Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et Technosciences

Speaker Bios:

Roger Malina, Chairman Emeritus, Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences; President, Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et Technosciences — Roger Malina is a space scientist and astronomer, with a specialty in space instrumentation and optics.  He is acting director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence. Previously Director of the NASA EUVE Observatory at the University of California, Berkeley and more recently Director of the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille CNRS.  He has served on the Comite National of the French CNRS for astronomy and on the French National Commission on Cosmology. His current research interests are in observational cosmology and is a co-I on the SNAP Consortium project for a space observatory dedicated to elucidating the nature of dark energy and dark matter. He is a co-investigator member of the science teams of the NASA GALEX space observatories.  The Leonardo organizations are dedicated to creating links between artists, scientists, and engineers. He is executive Editor of the Leonardo Publications at MIT Press including the Leonardo Journals and Leonardo Book Series.  Malina is an elected member of Section IV the International Academy of Astronautics, former Chair of Commission VI on Space Activities and Society.   Malina is a member of the International Astronautical Federation committees on Education and Space and the Committee on Space Exploration, and Co o-Chair the IAF Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space. http://www.leonardo.info/rolodex/malina.roger.html

Rebecca Allen, Director, Nokia Research Center Hollywood; Professor, Department of Design|Media Arts, University of California at Los Angeles Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognized artist and researcher inspired by the potential of advanced technology, the aesthetics of motion and the study of behavior. Over the past three decades, Allen has worked extensively in Europe and the US producing commissioned works that define new forms of art and technology. Her interactive art installations, films and large-scale performance works have received outstanding recognition from the worlds of fine art, performing arts, media entertainment and technology research. She has collaborated with artists such as Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbough from Devo, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Carter Burwell, Twyla Tharp, Joffrey Ballet and La Fura dels Baus. Her artwork is exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum in New York and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Awards include an Emmy award in Design.  While on leave as founding Chair of the Department of Design|Media Arts and founding Co-Director of the Center for Digital Arts, both at UCLA, Allen will serve as Director of the new Nokia Research Center Hollywood, a unique research lab envisioning future directions for mobile media and devices. http://rebeccaallen.com/

Steven K. Feiner, Director, Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory, and Professor, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University Steven Feiner received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. Prof. Feiner’s research interests include augmented reality and virtual environments, 3D user interfaces, knowledge-based design of graphics and multimedia, mobile and wearable computing, and information visualization. He is coauthor of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice (Addison-Wesley, 1990) and Introduction to Computer Graphics (Addison-Wesley, 1993). In 1991 he received an ONR Young Investigator Award. Prof. Feiner’s lab pioneered the design of experimental knowledge-based systems for presenting maintenance instructions through augmented reality (AR) in 1992. In 1996, his lab developed the first mobile AR system (MARS). In 2001, Prof. Feiner and his students introduced the concept of view management, in which visual constraints among virtual and real objects are automatically maintained to enforce legibility and visibility of important information in AR and other 3D environments. Prof. Feiner has been general chair or co-chair for ACM VRST 2008 (15th Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology), INTETAIN 2008 (Second International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment), and ACM UIST 2004 (17th Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. http://graphics.cs.columbia.edu/

Thanassis Rikakis, Director, Art, Media and Engineering Program, Arizona State University Thanassis Rikakis is the founding Director of the Arts, Media, and Engineering Program (AME) at Arizona State University. Dr. Rikakis’s research work and publications are in the areas of experiential media, interdisciplinary graduate education, biofeedback for rehabilitation, pitch perception, and media arts systems for education. His educational background is in music composition and computer music. He has composed works for acoustic ensembles and for computer as well as music for film, theater, and television. He is Principal Investigator of a NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant for interdisciplinary research and education in experiential media, Co-PI of a NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Research Infrastructure grant for motion analysis, PI of an “NEA Technology: Resources for Change” grant for the “motione” project in interactive multimedia arts, PI of an ASU/UoA biomedical collaborative grant on biofeedback for rehabilitation, and Co-PI of a current grant by the Kauffman Foundation to ASU for entrepreneurship in education. http://ame2.asu.edu/faculty/thanassis/

Bangalore Manjunath, Director, NSF IGERT on Interactive Digital Multimedia; Director, Center for Bio-Image Informatics, and Prof. of Electrical Computer Engineering at the UC Santa Barbara B. S. Manjunath receive his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991. He has affiliate appointments in the Computer Science department and the Media Arts and Technology program.  Manjunath has published extensively in the broad area of image processing, with over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. His specific research areas include steganography (data hiding) and steganalysis (detecting hidden content in digital images), image segmentation and image registration. In addition, he is recognized internationally for his pioneering contributions to large scale image search and retrieval. He and his students at UCSB developed many of the image content representation standards that are now part of the International Standards Organization (ISO) MPEG-7 standard. He was also the lead co-editor of the book on MPEG-7 that was published by Wiley in 2002 and is a widely used book on the standard. His publications are among the highly cited in the literature on texture image retrieval.  He has received funding from various federal agencies, including the US National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. He directs the Vision Research laboratory and the NSF funded Center for Bioimage Informatics that supports about 30 researchers and students. Dr. Manjunath is active in professional technical societies.  He is currently an Associate Editor of the   IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. http://vision.ece.ucsb.edu/manjunath/

Stephen McAdams, Direct of the the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) at McGill University and Professor in the Schulich School of Music Stephen McAdams studied music composition and theory at De Anza College in California before entering the realm of perceptual psychology (BSc in Psychology, McGill University, 1977; PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences, Stanford University, 1984). In 1986, he founded the Music Perception and Cognition team at the world-renowned music research centre, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. While there he organized the first Music and the Cognitive Sciences conference in 1988, which subsequently gave rise to the three international societies dedicated to music perception and cognition. He was Research Scientist and then Senior Research Scientist in the French National Center for Scientific Research Centre, the National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), from 1989 to 2004. He has recently taken up residence at McGill University where he is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Music Perception and Cognition. He directs the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology (CIRMT) in the Schulich School of Music. His research interests include multimodal scene analysis, musical timbre perception, sound source perception, and the cognitive dynamics of musical listening.

Chris Chafe, Director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, and Duca Family Professor of Music Chris Chafe is a composer/ cellist / music researcher with an interest in computer music composition and interactive performance. He directs the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, and teaches computer music courses. He earned a PhD in music composition from Stanford in 1983 with prior degrees in music from the University of California at San Diego and Antioch College. Two year-long research periods were spent at IRCAM and the Banff Center for the Arts developing methods for computer sound synthesis based on physical models of musical instrument mechanics. Current projects include the "SoundWIRE" experiments for musical collaboration and network evaluation using high-speed internets for high-quality sound. He has performed his music in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and composed soundtracks for documentary films. In Spring 2001, a collaboration with artist Greg Niemeyer entitled “Ping” was exhibited at SF MOMA and online via the Walker Art Center. A second collaboration, “Oxygen Flute,” was created for the San Jose Museum of Art. "Organum" is their present project, a completely synthetic animation being developed for digital planetariums and individual game play. http://ccrma-www.stanford.edu/~cc/shtml/index.shtml

Sally Jane Norman, Director of the Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK Sally Jane Norman’s research interests are in performing arts and technology, history of scenography and evolving Theater architectures, digital tools and live art, interdisciplinary practice-led research, creative industries and disruptive innovation, cultural policy frameworks, artificial life and the arts, and distributed creative communities. She is a citizen of Aotearoa/ New Zealand and France, Docteur de 3ème cycle/ Docteur d'état (Paris III), director of the 1992 Louvre “New Images” conference and of research activities at the International Institute of Puppetry (Charleville-Mézières), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), IRCAM (Paris), and Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (Amsterdam). As Director General of the Ecole supérieure de l'image (Angoulême/ Poitiers), she piloted a multi-million euro contract and founded a practice-led Digital Arts PhD programme, joining Newcastle in 2004 to steer Culture Lab’s £4M SRIF initiative and creative interdisciplinary research collaborations. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/culturelab/people/profile/s.j.norman

Atau Tanaka, Chair of Digital Media, Newcastle University; Artist, and founder of Sensorband Atau Tanaka, best known for his performances with the BioMuse - a sensor system that turns his body into a musical instrument--bridges cultures of east and west, of technology and music. He creates music with sensors and networks - a composer who is performer, a performer who is instrument builder, finding the voice in interactive technology. His first inspirations came in the 80's upon meeting John Cage. In Silicon Valley in the 90's, he made music from virtual reality technology. He moved to Paris in 1992 and played music festivals like Sonar, Musique Action and Club Transmediale, and arts centers like IRCAM, STEIM and V2, making interactive systems for Fred Frith and others. He founded Sensorband with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide, who are known for their physical performances and monumental instruments. In 1997, he moved to Japan for a project at NTT/ICC and came in contact with the noise music scene, playing with Merzbow, Otomo, KK Null and others. In France since 2001, he has realized large scale installations with Kasper Toeplitz and network pieces including a commission from the German radio SWR. He has curated a collection of Japanese music for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. http://sensorband.com/bios.html#atau

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Symposium Dates/Times

Friday, October 10, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Studio 2

Saturday, October 11, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Studio 2



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