Prof. Chang Shi-kuo - Lecture and Seminar 張系國教授講座及研討會

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Algorithmic Art: Shuffling Space & Time 演算藝術 :劃破時空

Talk/Lecture 講座

Black Swan and White Elephant: Science Fiction and Visual Languages in the Age of Big Data

黑天鵝和白大象 – 大數據時代的科幻與視覺語言

Speaker 講者:
Prof. Chang Shi-kuo 張系國教授
(professor in visual languages and software engineering 視覺語言與軟件工程教授)

Language: English 講座以英語進行

There is a lot of hype about Big Data. Prof. Chang will examine the “black swan theory” and the phenomenon of the white elephant to better understand what Data Mining and other techniques can and cannot do. In such an analysis, the unique role of science fiction arts, including novels, movies and visual arts, will be more distinct. Prof. Chang will use many examples to illustrate sci-fi as the means to explore alternate universe and plausible realities in a holistic way. This talk is meant to provoke you and stimulate discussion. Comments and critiques after Prof. Chang’s lecture are welcome.


Seminar 研討會

Visions of Alternate Futures


Speakers 講者:
Prof. Chang Shi-kuo (chair), Mr. Ng Kam Yuen, Mr. Cheung Chi Sing , Mr. Hou Lei
張系國教授 (主持), 吳錦源導演, 張志成編劇, 侯磊編劇

Language: Mandarin 研討會以國語進行

In this seminar chaired by Prof. Chang Shi-kuo, there will be a discussion on the adaptation of sci-fi to movies and television dramas with the three guests, director Mr. Ng Kam Yuen, script writer Mr. Cheung Chi Sing and Mr. Hou Lei. The visions and imagination of alternative futures represented in sci-fi, movies and televisions will be further explored throughout the discussion.

此研討會由張系國教授主持,並將與三位嘉賓講者 - 吳錦源導演, 張志成編劇和侯磊編劇討論科幻小說改編電影電視的各種可能性,亦會探討科幻小說、電影與電視對於各種可能性的未來所表現的視野與想像。

Bio Sketch of Professor Chang Shi-Kuo 張系國教授簡介

Prof. Chang received a B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1965, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967 and 1969, respectively. He is currently Professor, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh. He is a Fellow of IEEE. His research interests include visual languages and software engineering. He published over two hundred and ninety papers and wrote or edited sixteen technical books on visual languages and software engineering. Prof. Chang's literary activities include the writing of thirty-nine novels, collections of short stories and critical essays. He is credited to be the "Father of Science Fiction" in Taiwan.


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Activities will be cancelled in case of closure of schools due to tropical cyclones or heavy persistent rainfall. Please refer to EDB Circular No.4/2016 on "Tropical Cyclones and Heavy Persistent Rain Arrangements for Kindergartens and Day Schools" for details.

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