MAT 595M Seminar Series

Time: Mondays 12 noon-1:30 pm

Location: Engineering Science Building, room 2001

Administrative Contact: J. Cecilia Wu - mat-seminars (at)

This is a seminar in media arts and technology. The seminar will consist of talks by experts in various areas of media arts, multimedia systems, media technology, and related areas of research and practice. There will be a mix of speakers, from UCSB and from outside, with a variety of backgrounds, including computer science, engineering, art, and music. Occasionally we will schedule discussion or brainstorming sessions instead of a talk.

All Media Arts and Technology students are strongly encouraged to attend this seminar.

Fall 2014 Schedule

Field Notes from Virtual Reality: Reflections on the Oculus Rift Developers Conference

October 6, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: Sterling Crispin

Visual storytelling through Video Game cinematics

October 13, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: Neel Kar, Lead Technical Artist at Infinity Ward

Silent Acousmêtre: The Voice of the Media Art Institution in an Information-filled Atmosphere

October 20, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: Rosanne Altstatt: Graduate Faculty member in Purdue University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Lafayette, Indiana and Ph.D. at Carl-von-Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany.

Using Physiological Measurement of Affect to Create an Interface for Creative Expression and Emotional Support: A Case Study in Research at the Boundary of Science, Engineering, Art, and Design.

October 27, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: R. Benjamin Knapp: Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech

Systems of Art, Systems of Knowledge

November 3, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: Edward Shanken: Visiting Associate Professor of Digital and Experimental Media Arts (DXARTS) at University of Washington
Yolande Harris: Artist/researcher

Ruminations on a career in visual effects

November 10, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: Jubin Dave; Technical Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Media, Site and Interactivity: a look at recent projects with camera obscuras, interactive media, performance and site-specificity.

November 21, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: Stephan Koplowitz; Director/Choreographer and dean, Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, CalArts

Challenges in acquiring and display of 3D video panoramas in VR environments

December 1, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: Dan Sandin: Emeritus Director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at UIC
Emeritus Professor of the school of Art and Design at UIC
Visiting Research Scientist at Qualcomm institute UCSD
Visiting Research Scientist at UIC