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Art Machines: International Symposium on Computational Media Art

Keynote Lecture 1: Robotics Symposium by Ayanna Howard and Ken Rinaldo

Date: 4/1/2019
Time: 17:00-18:45
Venue: M3017, Level 3, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre. 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ayanna Howard

College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ayanna Howard is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Howard’s career focus is on the development of intelligent technologies that can function within a human centered world. Her work encompasses advancements in artificial technologies, assistive technologies, and robotics and ranges from the development of healthcare robots in the home to AI-powered STEM apps for children with diverse learning needs. Dr. Howard received her B.S. in Engineering from Brown University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Talk: The Human-Centered Design of Robotics for Social Impact

The Robots are coming! The Robots are coming! The Robots are already. . . Here. Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the potential of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) to destroy the human race if we are not watchful. Whatever your opinion on this, the fact remains that robots have already become a part of our society and, in some cases, an integral part. No longer is a robot chauffer, i.e. an autonomous robot car that can drive an individual to work, a whimsical thought of a science-fiction movie director. No longer is a robot suit, i.e. a robot exoskeleton that can assist a paraplegic to walk, a fantasy story of a writer. While it is important to be vigilant about the inclusion of new technology in society, the doom-and-gloom messages about robots and AI ignore the ways that intelligent robots are beneficial, life-saving, machines for assisting us in our everyday lives. Telepresence robots are transforming health care delivery from newborn care to stroke treatment. Wearable robotic exoskeletons are helping paralyzed patients stand up and walk in the home environment. And a host of startup companies are working on the next generation of therapy robots for children. This talk will discuss the domain of robots for real-world applications, with a focus on their human-centered design. I will give an overview of how these technologies can address real-life needs for improving our quality of life now and in the future.


Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ken Rinaldo
Department of Art, The Ohio State University

Ken Rinaldo is the Director of the Art and Technology Program in the Department of Art at Ohio State University. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer in interactive bio art and robotic installations that blurs the boundaries between the organic and the inorganic. His work interrogates these fuzzy boundaries and posts that as new machine and algorithmic species arise, we need to better understand the complex intertwined ecologies that these machinic semi-living species create.

Talk: Trans-species symbiogenesis

The junctures where the machine, animal, plant, bacteria, and humans meet are where our futures exist. Three decades of creating interactive robotic art have taught me that living systems provide the ultimate models of what technology can become. Communication is at heart of my work along with a desire to break down and reveal behavior, processes, and patterns inherent in natural and now semi-living species. My work exposes the underlying beauty inherent in this intercommunication of all species (organic and machinic) at all scales. As anaerobic bacteria have receded to our stomachs 2.5 billion years ago, now symbiotically intertwined with our survival, so we too are receding into a comfortable embryonic sac, enveloped by our technologies. A new species, neither human nor machine is emerging and we are becoming, and have become symbiont. Still, technology presents social and environmental challenges and evolves more quickly than biologically intertwined natural living system can coevolve. This talk offers observations and solutions, on where we are heading, with technologies that at times seem more parasitic than symbiotic.





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More programme details of ISCMA 2019: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/iscma



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