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Past Events

2020

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "From Noise to Signal: Intersections in Art Practice & Media Arts Research".
  • Speaker:  George Legrady.

    Time:   Monday, March 30th, 2020 at 1pm via Zoom.

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    Abstract

    The projects I realize as a digital media artist and academic circulate in overlapping but distinctive contexts. They include the contemporary art world (fine art galleries & museums exhibitions, journal publications), the digital media arts field (Ars electronica, International Society of Electronic Arts, etc.), academic conferences, publications (College Art Association, Leonardo, etc), and engineering-connected (IEEE Vis, Siggraph, ACM Multimedia, etc.). The artistic works are realized within the framework of George Legrady Studio, and the collaborative research works with MATP students occurs through the Experimental Visualization Lab. In this presentation I will review some projects of the past twenty years and address issues of marketing, funding, intellectual property assignment, interdisciplinary and others.

    Bio

    George Legrady is a digital media artist who directs the Experimental Visualization Lab dedicated to explorations in computation photography, data visualizations and digital interactive installations. A pioneer since the mid-1980s in bridging computation with issues of photographic representation, his contribution to the field has been in intersecting cultural content with data processing to create new forms of representations. He is an internationally exhibiting artist whose practice and research have been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, the Daniel Langlois for Art, Science & Technology, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Formerly chair of the Media Arts & Technology Program, he has previously held faculty positions at the University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, San Francisco State University, Merz Akademie in Stuttgart Germany, University of Western Ontario, Canada, the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Canada, and the National Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary.

    His artworks are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, musée d’art contemporain in Montreal, Philbrook Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, ZKM (Center for Art and Media), 21c Museum and others.

    www.georgelegrady.com

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.

  • "Critical Machine Vision. Epistemology and Aesthetics of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks", a PhD dissertation defense by Fabian Offert.
  • Date:  Friday, March 13th, 2020
    Time:  11am
    Location:  Room 2611 (Experimental Visualization Lab), Elings Hall

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    Abstract

    Deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have become one of the most commonly used machine learning tools. Their ubiquity, however, has also given rise to a new class of technical images: images that are not processed but produced by such networks. Parallel to the unprecedented rise of image processing with deep convolutional neural networks, CNN-based machine learning systems have emerged that act as image-making machines. However, rather than picking up on the analytical challenges that these systems present, research in media philosophy and the digital humanities has been almost exclusively preoccupied with broad and general critiques of artificial intelligence as a speculative technology.

    At the same time, neural network images have become an essential part of the public perception of artificial intelligence because they act as image interfaces, as gateways to otherwise inherently opaque technical systems that are not only complex but which require an entirely different set of analytical tools. Exactly because of this inherent opacity, generative machine learning in its current form started as visualization - "deep dream", for instance, is really feature visualization without specific optimization targets.

    From this hybrid origin emerge significant questions of representation and interpretation that are not only aesthetic in nature: with the increasing utilization of image-making CNNs in the sciences they turn into epistemological questions about invention, discovery, and the location of knowledge.

    Neural network images should thus not only be considered a "natural" domain of humanist inquiry, but their analysis and critique is as relevant - and increasingly as political - as the analysis of explicit bias in AI systems that has received much more recognition in the past few years. The dissertation thus presents the first comprehensive analysis of neural network images and their epistemic, aesthetic, and, by extension, political implications, from the hybrid perspective of media philosophy and the digital humanities.

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "Umwelt of Flowing Commons - Ground, Climate, Water, Data, People, Fauna, Flora and Beyond".
  • Speaker:  Yukiko Shikata.

    Time:   Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 1pm.
    Location:  Elings Hall, room 1605.

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    Abstract

    In my 30 years experiments of curating media arts, I have been focusing on the notion of "Information Flows", not only of digital data but of various entity and phenomena, in regarding the emergence and transformation of the world by dynamic relations between them. Especially since "3.11" in 2011 (The Great East Japan Earthquake, followed by tsunami, and caused the severe accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant), I have been researching how Japan has interpreted the modernization. This made me think more intensively of natural flows occurring since the birth of the Earth up to present and continuing to the future. Ground, stones, soils, climate, water, human-being, fauna, flora and bacteria are connective and inter-dependent in micro/macro time and space. I see the whole world as various common informations flowing autonomously without any purposes. It would be called "Flowing Commons" where each entity or phenomena is in a broader sense of "Umwelt" (Jakob von Uexküll). In the age of emerging AI, we have to face the new ecology of "Flowing Commons" beyond existing boundaries.

    Bio

    Curator/ critic based in Tokyo. Director of "Open Water Committee". Guest professor at Tama Art University and Tokyo Zokei University, lecturer at IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences) and Meiji University. She researches and curate project traversing media arts, contemporary art, science, technology and society. She curated many foresight exhibitions and projects at Canon ARTLAB (1990-2001), Mori Art Museum (2002-04) and NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] (2004-10) as well as independent projects. Recent works include SIAF(Sapporo International Art Festival) 2014, Kenpoku Art 2016 (both as curator), AMIT (Art, Media and I, Tokyo) (2014-18, Director), and “Open Water” (2020, Director/Curator). Shikata participated as a jury to many art and media art awards including Prix Ars Electronica, UNESCO Digi-Art Prize, ISEA, Nam June Paik Award, ACM Interactive Art Award and Japan Media Arts Festival. Guest Curator in Residence at Montalvo Arts Center (2019-2022).

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "Human-Machine and Human-Robot Interaction For Long-Term User Engagement and Behavior Change".
  • Speaker:  Maja Mataric.

    Time:   Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 1pm.
    Location:  Elings Hall, room 1605.

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    Abstract

    The nexus of in-home intelligent assistants, activity tracking, and machine learning creates opportunities for personalized virtual and physical agents / robots that can positively impacts user health and quality of life. Well beyond providing information, such agents can serve as physical and mental health and education coaches and companions that support positive behavior change. However, sustaining user engagement and motivation over long-term interactions presents complex challenges. Our work over the past 15 years has addressed those challenges by developing human-machine / human-robot interaction methods for socially assistive robotics that utilize multi-modal interaction data and expressive agent behavior to monitor, coach, and motivate users to engage in heath- and wellness-promoting activities. This talk will present methods and results of modeling, learning, and personalizing user motivation, engagement, and coaching of healthy children and adults, as well as stroke patients, Alzheimer's patients, and children with autism spectrum disorders, in short and long-term (month+) deployments in schools, therapy centers, and homes, and discuss research and commercial implications for technologies aimed at human daily use.

    Bio

    Maja Mataric´ is Chan Soon-Shiong Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, and Vice Dean for Research in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Her MS and PhD are in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, and her BS in in Computer Science from the University of Kansas. She is Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, and AAAI, and the recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award in Innovation, the Okawa Foundation Award, NSF Career Award, MIT TR35 Award, and IEEE RAS Early Career Award. A pioneer of distributed robotics and, more recently, socially assistive robotics, Prof. Mataric’s research enables robots to help people improve through empowering interaction in rehabilitation, training, and education. Her group is developing robot-assisted therapies for autism, stroke, Alzheimer's and other domains,. She has published extensively, authored “The Robotic Primer” (MIT Press), has served as associate editor on three journals, on the NSF CISE Advisory Committee, and other advisory boards. Prof. Mataric’ is actively involved in leading K-12 STEM outreach efforts that engage student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and careers.

    robotics.usc.edu/~maja.

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "Computational Ceramics".
  • Speaker:  Leah Buechley.

    Time:   Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 1pm.
    Location:  Elings Hall, room 1605.

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    Abstract

    This talk will present a series of work that blends computation, digital fabrication, and traditional ceramics making. I will explore ways that computation and fabrication can integrate with, rather than supplant, existing craft practices. More specifically, I will discuss how I use computationally generated designs and a laser cutter in conjunction with traditional slab building techniques—techniques for constructing ceramic structures out of flat sheets, or "slabs", of clay—to create novel surface patterns, textures, and 3-dimensional shapes.

    This project also explores the larger topic of the relationships between technologies and cultures of making—between people and their materials and tools, both new and old. Craft traditions, rich with material and technical expertise as well as cultural meaning, are often overlooked by technologists. I will argue that we should pay much closer attention to the longstanding making traditions of different communities as we investigate new approaches to design and fabrication. Doing so presents underexplored and vital technical, aesthetic, cultural, and even civic opportunities.

    Bio

    Leah Buechley is an associate professor in the computer science department at the University of New Mexico where she directs the Hand and Machine research group. She is a designer, engineer, and educator. Her work explores integrations of electronics, computing, art, craft, and design. She is a pioneer in paper and fabric-based electronics and her inventions include the LilyPad Arduino, a construction kit for sew-able electronics. Previously, she was a professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directed the High-Low Tech group. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Wired and exhibited in venues including Ars Electronica, the Exploratorium, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2017, her work was recognized with the Edith Ackerman award for Interaction Design and Children. Leah received a PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College. At both institutions she also studied dance, theater, fine art, and design.

    leahbuechley.com/.

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "Resolutions, Decision Making and Strategies II - Interpolar Perspectives and Hypersonic Hyperstitions".
  • Speaker:  Marko Peljhan.

    Time:   Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 1pm.
    Location:  Elings Hall, room 1605.

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    Abstract

    The lecture will present a body of work and situations that Peljhan and his collaborators have been involved in over the past 20 years with a specific focus on the Earth's polar regions, probing the margins of technology, ecological thought, autonomy, privacy and biospheric strategies. Taking advantage of the notion of “systemics”, Peljhan will be revealing some of the structural background of his past, current and future endeavors. He will also be presenting details of his project that was showcased as the at the 58th International Art Exhibition, Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, Italy.

    Bio

    Professor Peljhan is a theatre and radio director, conceptual artist and researcher. He founded and co-founded several still active arts organizations in the 90's such as Projekt Atol and one of the first media labs in Eastern Europe LJUDMILA. From 1994 on he worked on Makrolab, a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research in an intersection of art/science/engineering; the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation during the International Polar Year (2007-2009) and The Arctic Perspective Initiative. He is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica with Carsten Nicolai and his work has been exhibited internationally at multiple biennales (Venice, Lyon, Istanbul, Gwangju...) and festivals, at documenta, ISEA, Ars Electronica and museums and art institutions worldwide (YCAM, ICC-NT, PS.1. MOMA, GARAGE...). He serves as professor and director of the MAT Systemics Lab at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Chair of the Media Arts and Technology program at UCSB, the coordinator of international cooperation of the SPACE-SI Slovenian Centre for Space Sciences and Technologies and editor at large of the music label rx:tx. In the radio spectrum he is known as S54MX.

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.

  • Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Sciences (AWMAS) 2020 conference and art exhibition, February 5 - 7, at the Corwin Pavilion, UCSB.
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    Dates

    Exhibition opening: Wednesday, February 5th, 5pm – 7pm
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, 1pm - 5pm, Art Gallery
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020, 10am - 5pm, Art Gallery
    Friday, February 7th, 2020, 10am - 1pm, Art Gallery

    The UC Santa Barbara-based Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Sciences (AWMAS) will hold its third annual conference this week Feb. 5-7 at the Corwin Pavilion. With the goal of celebrating and promoting innovation by women in the burgeoning transdisciplinary space between science and media arts, the conference this year will focus on the theme of "Integration."

    "Integration" is based on academic research and artistic works by women through transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary connections between the technical sciences and other applied sciences that influence new media art. The main goal behind this conference is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences emerging from the intersection of science and applied art. Emphasis is placed on the various aspects of the mutual benefits of the integration and interaction between science and media arts.

    Attracting leading female engineers, artists, scientists and educators from all over the world, the conference has become a thriving hub for the exchange of ideas, philosophy, research, and art. The conference is led by AWMAS founder Lena Mathew, a doctoral student in UCSB’s Media Arts & Technology graduate program, along with a team of curators from UCSB, and other institutions.

    As part of AWMAS 2020, an exhibition of audiovisual art installations will be presented in the Corwin Pavilion, with guided tours by the artists at 5 pm on the first day (Feb. 5th), and self-guided tours on the following days. This will serve as the backdrop for an exciting series of lectures, paper and poster presentations, and a workshop on programming for the creation of experimental computer music. The conference will culminate in a free multimedia concert on the evening of the final day.

    Artists

    Sam Bourgault and Emma Forgues, Stejara Dinulescu, Maru Garcia, Elizabeth Hambleton, Riley Henningsen, Nana Klith Hougaard, Xindy Kang, Christina McPhee, Rodney & Elizabeth, Sophie Nebeker, Lauren Ruiz, Sahar Sajadieh, Tiffany Trenda, Rachel Wolfe, Yin Yu, and Weidi Zhang.

    Curatorial Team

    Sam Bourgault, Rodney DuPlessis, Kio Griffith, Elizabeth Hambleton, Gustavo Rincon, and Sahar Sajadieh.

    The full schedule can be found here:  https://awmas2020.wixsite.com/home

  • "Interfaces and the Creation of New Musical Instruments", a presentation by Rodrigo Cadiz, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • Time:   Friday, February 7th, 2020. 3-4pm
    Location:  Studio Xenakis (room 2215), Music Building.

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    As part of the Corwin Chair Series, Rodrigo Cadiz will present a talk about interfaces and the creation of new musical instruments.

    Rodrigo Cadiz obtained his doctorate in Music Technology (Ph.D) from Northwestern University, USA, under the supervision of Dr. Gary Kendall in 2006. At Northwestern he studied acoustic composition with Augusta Read Thomas and Jay Alan Yim and computer music with Virgil Moorefield, Amnon Wolman, and Gary Kendall. His research papers have been published in international conferences such as the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, the International Computer Music Conference, and the Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, and journals such as the Computer Music Journal. He has taught several computer music related courses at Northwestern and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research interests include audio digital processing, computer music, composition, musical perception and cognition, new interfaces for musical expression, and the musical applications of artificial intelligence.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • "Reinforcement Learning for Generative Art", a PhD dissertation defense by Jieliang (Rodger) Luo.
  • Date:  Friday, January 31st, 2020
    Time:  4:30pm
    Location:  Room 2611 (Experimental Visualization Lab), Elings Hall

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    Abstract

    Reinforcement learning (RL) is an efficient class of sequential decision-making algorithms that have achieved remarkable success in a broad range of applications, such as robotic manipulations, strategic games, or autonomous driving. The most well-known example of reinforcement learning is AlphaGo, a computer program that plays the board game Go and outperforms top human Go players. Unlike other two major machine learning categories, supervised learning and unsupervised learning, in which media artists are actively engaged, reinforcement learning has resulted in very few creative applications. Generative art is usually driven, in whole or in part, by autonomous systems that are derived from a set of rules. Interestingly, an RL policy can be seen as an autonomous system where the rules are learned by interacting with its environment. Regardless of its initial purpose, reinforcement learning has the potential to expand the boundary of generative art. However, an approach of applying reinforcement learning to generative art does not yet exist and the current RL tools require an in-depth understanding of RL concepts.

    To bridge the gap, the first part of the dissertation introduces a conceptual framework to adapt reinforcement learning for generative art. The framework proposes a term RL-based generative art to denote a novel form of generative art of which the use of RL agents is the key element. The creative process of RL-based generative art and possible emergent behaviors are discussed in the framework. This leads to a discussion of several author's related practices on generative art, deep learning art, and reinforcement learning. The second part introduces RL5, a JavaScript library for rapidly prototyping RL environments and training RL policies in web browsers. The library combines RL algorithms and RL environments into one framework and is fully compatible with p5.js. RL5 is developed with a particular focus on simplicity to favor (re)usability of RL algorithms and development of RL environments. Specifically, the library implemented three RL algorithms, Tabular Q-learning, REINFORCE, and DDPG, to cover all the three families of model-free RL, and nine RL environments that six of them address autonomous agents in steering behaviors, which can be used as building blocks for complex systems. Finally, the author demonstrates how to apply RL5 for pedagogical and creative applications through four different use cases.

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "Adding Soft to Robotics: From gecko-inspired wall-climbing to vine-inspired navigation".
  • Speaker:  Elliot Hawkes.

    Time:   Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 1pm.
    Location:  Elings Hall, room 1605.

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    Abstract

    Natural systems, such as climbing geckos and wandering vines, are incredibly robust, adaptable, and capable of handling uncertainty in their environments. These traits are unfortunately not currently true about engineered robotic systems. I will discuss efforts to learn from nature by incorporating compliance, or softness, into robots to create new functionality. I will show results from recent work, including gecko-inspired adhesives that allow a human to climb a glass wall and vine-inspired robots that “grow” through challenging environments, such as a forest of nails or, potentially, the tortuous pathways inside the human body.

    Bio

    Elliot W. Hawkes is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB. Previously, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Allison Okamura at Stanford University, received his PhD with Prof. Mark Cutkosky, also at Stanford, and worked at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab and the ETH Multi-scale Robotics Lab. He has received a variety of awards and fellowships, and his work has received press from outlets such as the NY Times, BBC, Cell, Science, and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

    https://www.hawkes-group.com

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.

  • "Stylized 3D Scene Synthesis in Virtual Reality", a PhD dissertation defense by Han-Wei Kung.
  • Date:  Friday, January 24th, 2020
    Time:  1pm
    Location:  Room 2611 (Experimental Visualization Lab), Elings Hall

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    Abstract

    Many forms of life in the natural world have the extraordinary capacity to sense their environments, to learn, and to remember, just as humans do, even though they are vastly different from us. In this dissertation, I presented novel techniques developed to exhibit an interactive abstract virtual reality experience that invites viewers to see the natural world from a different perspective. I developed the vertex displacement and color turbulence approaches to showcase organisms. The organisms can also modulate their shapes according to the volumes and frequencies of sound. Furthermore, the experience displays turbulent flow on the organisms’ surface to demonstrate the concept of energy flow, or vitality, among all organisms in the natural world. Another novel feature is that viewers can interact with the surface colors through ray casting from a handheld controller.

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "Machine Agency".
  • Speaker:  Nadya Peek.

    Time:   Monday, January 27th, 2020 at 1pm.
    Location:  Elings Hall, room 1605.

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    Abstract

    How can we harness the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals? Digital fabrication tools promise quality production in low volume and are now accessible in maker spaces worldwide. However, the maker context is very different from the historical industrial settings in which digital fabrication was developed. Yet these differences have not led to many changes in contemporary tools. I argue that personal fabrication requires a rethinking of production infrastructure, and in this talk outline a research roadmap for machine agency.

    Bio

    Nadya directs the Machine Agency at the University of Washington where she is an assistant professor in Human-Centered Design and Engineering. Machines and systems Nadya has built are shared widely including at SCF, CHI, SIGGRAPH, and TEI. Nadya is an active member of the global fab lab community, making digital fabrication more accessible with better CAD/CAM tools and developing open source hardware machines and control systems. She on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, half of the design studio James and the Giant Peek, plays drum machines and synths in the band Construction and got her PhD at MIT in the Center for Bits and Atoms.

    http://infosyncratic.nl

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "Expanding the Interaction Bandwidth Between Human and AI".
  • Speaker:  Anthony Chen.

    Time:   Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 1pm.
    Location:  Elings Hall, room 2611 (Experimental Visualization Lab).

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    Abstract

    The recent development of artificial intelligence (AI) promises a future of data-driven automation that can replace most of today’s human efforts. However, currently most AI-enabled systems—often functioning as ‘black boxes’—struggle to accommodate, learn from or communicate with humans. One fundamental problem is a limited interaction bandwidth between human and AI: currently, AI’s development is bestowed upon the few experts; for users in non-computing domains, there is limited support for them to comprehend, customize or collaborate with AI. As we are on the cusp of defining the future of human-AI relationship, it is important to create new interaction channels to bridge AI and non-computing users. In this talk, I will discuss three research thrusts for expanding the interaction bandwidth between human and AI:

    • Human ← AI: making AI comprehensible to non-computing domain users. Going beyond system-centered prior work that focused on generic explainable representations of AI (XAI), my research takes a user-centered approach: for example, CheXplain is a system co-designed via iterative studies with medical professionals, which enables referring physicians to explore and understand AI’s diagnosis on chest X-ray images.
    • Human → AI: enabling non-computing domain users to customize AI. Contrary to providing a single label and relying on AI to reverse-engineer the reasoning process, my research investigates techniques for users to express their domain knowledge in ways that are understandable and learnable to an AI: for example, Robiot employs computer vision to interpret a user’s demonstration of a physical task, which is translated in a vocabulary that informs an AI to generate robotic mechanisms to automate such tasks.
    • Human ↔ AI: supporting collaboration between non-computing domain users and AI. Building upon comprehensible and customizable AI, my research takes an integrated approach that creates an environment to support human-AI collaboration: for example, Forte allows a mechanical engineer to sketch a high-level functional and aesthetic design while an AI handles the low-level generation of structures that realizes such design.

    Bio

    Xiang "Anthony" Chen is an Assistant Professor in UCLA's Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Anthony's area of expertise is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). He received his Ph.D. in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017 and was a recipient of the NSF CISE CRII Award and the Adobe Ph.D. Fellowship. His research is at the intersection of sensing & interaction techniques, intelligent user interfaces, and computational design & fabrication. Anthony’s work has won two best paper awards and one honorable mentioned in top-tier HCI conferences.

    xiangchen.me

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.

  • MAT Seminar Series:  "Data, Ice + Art: Digital documentation of sea ice and glaciers in the context of climate change".
  • Speaker:  Cy Keener.

    Time:   Monday, January 6th, 2020 at 1pm.
    Location:  Elings Hall, room 1605.

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    Abstract

    Art and technology are powerful tools to help us record and comprehend the current climate crisis. I believe that sensors and near real-time telemetry can help us bridge the literal distance between remote locations undergoing the most drastic changes and population centers. I also believe in the potential of installation art to translate data into immersive visceral experience more impactful than charts, graphs and statistics. I will share several iterations of an ongoing collaboration with the International Arctic Buoy Programme to develop and deploy custom art / science instruments that record multi-year sea ice. I will also share early results from an effort to digitally document mountain glaciers to create an immersive virtual reality experience in collaboration with a specialist in the digital preservation of UNESCO cultural heritage sites.

    Bio

    Cy Keener is an interdisciplinary artist who uses environmental sensing and kinetic sculpture to record and represent the natural world. He is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Emerging Technology at the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. His work includes a range of data-based installations to visualize diverse phenomena including sea ice, wind, rain and ocean waves. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Cy has completed commissioned installations at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Stanford University, Suyama Space in Seattle, and the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas. Over the past year Cy has presented his work at PIKSEL, in Bergen, Norway, The Conference on Communication and Environment in Vancouver, British Columbia and the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington.

    wwww.cykeener.com

    For more information about the MAT Seminar Series, go to:  seminar.mat.ucsb.edu.