Past News


  • MAT Master's student Mert Toka presented his live-coding interface "Siren" at the 2018 New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference (NIME). June 3-6 2018, Blacksburg, VA.
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    Siren is a software environment for exploring rhythm and time through the lenses of algorithmic composition and live-coding. It leverages the virtually unlimited creative potential of the algorithms by treating code snippets as the building blocks for audiovisual playback and synthesis. Employing the textual paradigm of programming as the software primitive allows the execution of patterns that would be either impossible or too laborious to create manually.

    The system is designed to operate in a general-purpose manner by allowing multiple compilers to operate at the same time. Currently, it accommodates SuperCollider and TidalCycles as its primary programming languages due to their stable real-time audio generation and event dispatching capabilities.

    Harnessing the complexity of the textual representation (i.e. code) might be cognitively challenging in an interactive real-time application. Siren tackles this by adopting a hybrid approach between the textual and visual paradigms. Its front-end interface is armed with various structural and visual components to organize, control and monitor the textual building blocks: Its multi-channel tracker acts as a temporal canvas for organizing scenes, on which the code snippets could be parameterized and executed. It is built on a hierarchical structure that eases the control of complex phrases by propagating small modifications to lower levels with minimal effort for dramatic changes in the audiovisual output. It provides multiple tools for monitoring the current audio playback such as a piano-roll inspired visualization and history components.

  • An exhibition by MAT professor George Legrady titled "The James Bay Cree in 1973" will be on display in the Art and Architecture Hall of the UCSB Library from January 18 - June 2, 2018.
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    The exhibition consists of a wall of 180 photographs organized in 20 thematic clusters of images showing the way of life in 1973 in four James Bay Cree villages in the Canadian sub-arctic. The exhibition also includes 2 large screens featuring video documentation by Andres Burbano of village scenes recorded during two return trips in 2012 and 2014.

    In 1973, the Cree invited professor Legrady to photo document their daily life, as a way to strengthen their negotiations with the Canadian government over land rights. At the time, the Québec government had plans for a hydroelectric project that would flood a significant area of Cree land in the James Bay. Although the project went forward, the Cree were able to leverage the issue and negotiate self-governance, improving their political and social position within Québec.

    A panel discussion will be held on Thursday, January 18, at 4pm, in room 1312 of the UCSB Library, followed by a reception and exhibition walk-throughs.

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  • MAT and RE Touch Lab researchers will present five papers as part of the technical program of the IEEE Haptics Symposium, March 2018, in San Francisco, USA.
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    S. Patwardhan, A. Kawazoe, D. Kerr, M. Nakatani, Y. Visell, Too hot, too fast! Using the thermal grill illusion to explore dynamic thermal perception. Proc. IEEE Haptics Symposium, 2018.

    J. Jiao, Y. Zhang, D. Wang, Y. Visell, D. Cao, X. Guo, X. Sun, Data-Driven Rendering of Fabric Textures on Electrostatic Tactile Displays. Proc. IEEE Haptics Symposium, 2018.

    B. Dandu, I. Kuling, Y. Visell, Where Are My Fingers? Assessing Multi-Digit Proprioceptive Localization. Proc. IEEE Haptics Symposium, 2018.

    J. van der Lagemaat, I. Kuling, Y. Visell, Tactile Distances Are Greatly Underestimated in Perception and Motor Reproduction. Proc. IEEE Haptics Symposium, 2018.

    M. A. Janko, Z. Zhao, M. Kam, Y. Visell, A partial contact frictional force model for finger-surface interactions. Proc. IEEE Haptics Symposium, 2018.