Tuesday, July 21, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] August 12 LASER in San Francisco


I know that san francisco is far from the Mediterranean, but here is
the announcement for the next Leonardo LASER evening rendezvous


An event about Artists and Scientists who work/think/imagine/engage at
the intersections of the Arts and Science.

Chaired by Piero Scaruffi (p@scaruffi.com)
Part of a series of cultural events
Sponsored by: ZKM|Center for Art and Media

Leonardo ISAST and SETI Institute invite you to a meeting of the
Leonardo Art/Science community.

The event is free and open to everybody. Feel free to invite relevant

Please RSVP to p@scaruffi.com . Admission is limited.

Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of
art/science projects, and time for casual socializing/networking.

In order to facilitate the networking, feel free to send me the URL of
a webpage that describes your work or the organization you work for. I
will publish a list on this webpage before the day of the event so
that everybody can check what everybody else is doing. (Not mandatory,
just suggested).

When: August 12, 2009

Where: SETI Institute
515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, California, USA

* 6:30pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
* 7:00-7:30: David Stork (Ricoh Innovations and Stanford Univ) on
"When computers look at art: Rigorous image analysis in humanistic
studies of the visual arts".
New computer methods have been used to shed light on a number of
recent controversies in the study of art. How do these computer
methods work? What can computers reveal about images that even the
best-trained connoisseurs, art historians and artist cannot? How much
more powerful and revealing will these methods become? In short, how
is computer image analysis changing our understanding of art?
* 7:30-8:00: Darlene Lim (NASA) on "Learning by doing: A
Hitchhikers' Guide to the Scientific Training of Moon and Mars Bound
Humans are set to return to the Moon. Astronauts will to be
chosen from a variety of backgrounds. As we train them for their
missions, we also want to put the heart and soul of humanity back in
space exploration. We will focus on teaching them how to think and
operate as field scientists and not just proxy scientists, by training
them in Field Science and Exploration camps, notably at at Pavilion
Lake , an artist's paradise. This will give them the chance to learn
in a social environment, as humans do best. The experiment at Pavilion
Lake will also include an artist in residence program.
* 8:00-8:30: BREAK
* 8:30-9:00: Irene Chien of Berkeley's Center for New Media on
"Embodied Gaming from Dance Dance Revolution and Wii to Biofeedback
Embodied Gaming from Dance Dance Revolution and Wii to
Biofeedback Gaming Video games have been traditionally pathologized
for turning players into passive thumb-twiddling zombies sucked into
the virtual space of the computer screen. But video game interfaces
from Dance Dance Revolution to Guitar Hero to Wii Fit now urge players
to get up and move. They direct us away from the screen and toward
player's real bodies, calling unprecedented attention to the curious
ways our bodies occupy both digital and physical space.
* 9:00-9:30: Laura Granka (Google and Stanford Univ) on "Applying
Ethnography to Search"
People acquire information from a number of different sources,
and online search is only one part of this equation. By conducting
ethnographic research in homes and offices, we are better able to
capture the number of different tools, techniques, and sources that
people use for information discovery. At Google, I have conducted a
great deal of research to better understand how all of these elements
factor into the information seeking process. I'll share the insights
I've learned from this research, as well as discuss how fostering
effective collaboration with design and engineering teams has enabled
Google to turn user behavior research insights into actionable ideas
for product development and design.
* 9:30: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening
I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next
Leonardo evening.
* 9:30pm-10:00pm: Discussions, more socializing
You can mingle with the speakers and the audience


* Irene Chien is a PhD candidate in Film and New Media at UC
Berkeley. She writes and teaches about race and gender at the
intersection of cinema and new media, including a column "Camera
Ludica" for Film Quarterly.
* Laura Granka is a User Experience Researcher at Google, Inc, and
is working towards her PhD at Stanford University. She has spent the
past seven years studying how people look for information,
specifically in online search environments. Laura has approached
information discovery through several research methodologies,
including the behavioral (eyetracking), the implicit (clickthrough
data), and the qualitiative (ethnography). Laura has applied these key
learnings towards improving UI design and result ranking algorithms
while at Google. She has authored over 20 publications and
presentations on this topic.
* Darlene Lim is a research scientist at the NASA Ames Research
Center and is the Principal Investigator of the Pavilion Lake Research
Project (www.pavilionlake.com). She has conducted field work from the
Arctic to the Antarctic and specializes in limnology (study of
freshwater) and geobiology.
* Piero Scaruffi is a cognitive scientist who has lectured in
three continents and published several books on Artificial
Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature
of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the
early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in
the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in
Italy and the USA. As a music historian, he has published ten books,
the latest ones being "A History of Rock Music" (2003) and "A History
of Jazz Music" (2007). He has also written extensively about cinema,
literature and the visual arts. An avid traveler, he has visited 124
countries of the world.
* David Stork is Chief Scientist of Ricoh Innovations and was
Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University, where he has taught "Light,
Color and Visual Phenomena," "Pattern Classification," "Optics,
perspective and Renaissance painting," and other courses. He holds 35
patents and his five books include Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature,
Photography, Color, Vision and Holography with D. Falk and D. Brill
and Pattern Classification (2nd ed.) with R. Duda and P. Hart and the
forthcoming Computer image analysis in the study of art with Jim
Coddington. He has taught the first courses in this new field, and
lectured at the National Gallery London, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Wadsworth Atheneum, Museum of Modern Art, The Louvre, Venice Biennale,
and other museums.

Address and directions: 515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94043.
Phone: 650-961-6633
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