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EMPAC Opening Symposium  To Focus on “Transcending  Boundaries in Sciences, Arts,  and Media Research”

As part of the EMPAC Grand Opening celebration, Rensselaer will host a symposium titled “Transcending Boundaries in Sciences, Arts, and Media Research” on Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11, in Studio Two of the EMPAC building.

Representatives from leading research institutions across the globe will come together for two days of discussion. Experts in areas of arts, design, and media-based scientific research ranging from augmented reality to the visualization and auralization of data, the panelists will present their current research and engage in informal discussion of possible future directions for investigation. Question-and-answer sessions with the audience are encouraged.

Friday, Oct. 10

1 p.m.             
Introduction: John P. Harrington, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer;

Welcome Address: The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., president of Rensselaer

1:15 p.m.
Symposium 1: Moderated by James Hendler — Senior Professor, Tetherless World Research Constellation, Rensselaer

Participants: 
Rebecca Allen — Director, Nokia Research Center Hollywood; Professor, Department of Design/Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
Steven K. Feiner — Director, Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory and Professor of Computer Science; Columbia University

3 p.m.
Symposium 2: Moderated by Wolf von Maltzahn — Acting Vice President for Research and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer                                                            

Participants:
Thanassis Rikakis — Director, Art, Media, and Engineering Program, Arizona State University
Bangalore Manjunath — Director, NSF IGERT program on Interactive Digital Multimedia; Director, Center for Bio-image Informatics; University of California, Santa Barbara

4:30 p.m.                    
Demonstration of Rensselaer faculty research and discussion 

Saturday, Oct. 11

1 p.m.
Symposium 3: Moderated by Jonas Braasch — Assistant Professor, Architecture; Rensselaer

Participants:
Stephen McAdams — Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, McGill University
Chris Chafe — Director, Center for Computer Research in  Music and Acoustics and Duca Family Professor of Music, Stanford University

 3 p.m.
Symposium 4: Moderated by Robert Linhardt — Ann and John Broadbent Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Chair, Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering, Rensselaer  

Participants:
Sally Jane Norman—Director, Culture Lab, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Atau Tanaka— Chair of Digital Media, Newcastle University; Artist and Founder of Sensorband

4:30 p.m.                    
Keynote Address: Roger Malina
Chairman Emeritus of the Board, Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology; President, Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et Technosciences

 

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Volume 2, Number 16, October 3, 2008
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