Yeah Jasia Reichardt you were right 50 years ago ! Announcing a major conference


It is with immense pleasure that I bring to your attention the first major art science symposium at the US National Academy of Science, with support from Leonardo/ISAST on our 50th anniversary year !

Revisiting Cybernetics Serendipity: Creativity and Collaboration

AND the opening talk will be by Marcia McNutt, President of the US National Academy of Science followed by …JASIA REICHARDT !!! whose celebrated Cybernetics Serendipity exhibition in 1968 was part of the  launch wave of art/science/technology practice in the 1960s. The exhibit was published in a special issue of Studio International who is also supporting the conference.

Registration begins Dec 1   

Our goals are modest with this conference !!

“Our ambition is to redirect the history of ideas, restoring the Leonardo-like close linkage between art/design and science/engineering/medicine.  We believe that internet-enabled collaborations can make more people more creative more of the time.”

( not sure I really want to get into creativity theory myself !! but my own input to the conference is the urgent need to redesign science itself- both the scientific method and its social embedding , as i have argued earlier in a series of blogs ,and  that we need to resign science itself to overcome the tragedy of the internet, through among other things expanding the citizen science movement to fully supported professional amateurs    )


There will be a great full day conference on the 12 of New Leonardo’s- graduate students from around the US.

AND just to add to the festivities there will be a Leonardo 50th birthday party with Jasia Reichardt at the DASER on Thursday the 15th at the National Academy of Science organised by J.D. Talasek.

Here are the details

Creativity and Collaboration:

Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity  

March 13-14, 2018; Washington, D.C.
Organized by Ben Shneiderman, Maneesh Agrawala, Donna Cox, Alyssa Goodman, Youngmoo Kim, and Roger Malina

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN DECEMBER 1                                                                    

Our ambition is to redirect the history of ideas, restoring the Leonardo-like close linkage between art/design and science/engineering/medicine.  We believe that internet-enabled collaborations can make more people more creative more of the time.


Tuesday March 13, 2018

9:00am Opening: Marcia McNutt, President NAS

Introduction: Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, Rock the Research: Embrace Design, Rediscover Visual, and Go Social

Opening Talk: Jasia Reichardt, Cybernetic Serendipity Exhibit Organizer, In anticipation of the sixties

10:30am BREAK


Session 1: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity:  A Catalyst for Research Breakthroughs

The 1968 Cybernetics Serendipity exhibit proved to be generative of art/design and research directions that were fruitful and beneficial for science/engineering/medicine.   This session provides an historical perspective while speculating about which directions and exemplars hold promise for the coming decades.  

Session Chair: Roger Malina, University of Texas, Dallas

Sara Diamond, OCAD University, Modeling New Knowledges – An Inclusive STEAM + D Imperative

Curtis Wong, Microsoft, Inc.,  Leonardo da Vinci: Art/Science as the virtuous cycle of rendering and understanding natural world

Patrick McCray, University of California, Santa Barbara, All Watched Over and Watching Machines of Loving, Sometimes Terrifying, Grace

12:20pm LUNCH


Session 2: Information Visualization, Data Art/Design, Data Journalism: Revealing Hidden Worlds

Visualization exposes surprising patterns in data, influences the direction of research, and produces unexpected insights. How does interactive, immersive, and large-data visualizations enhance exploration, discovery, and presentation of research results?  Visualization clarifies thinking for researchers and policy makers.  

Session 2a:

Maneesh Agrawala, Stanford University, Deconstructing Charts and Graphs

Jeff Heer, University of Washington, Constructing Charts and Graphs

Alyssa Goodman, Harvard, Smithsonian, The Road from Explanation to Exploration, and Back

3:00pm  BREAK


Session 2b:

Donna Cox, University of Illinois, High Impact Visualizations: The Potential of Visualization Research to Inform Science Funding and Public Opinion

Katy Borner, Indiana University, Data Visualization Literacy: Research and Tools that Advance Public Understanding of Scientific Data

Fernanda Viegas, Google, Inc.,

Jonathan Corum, New York Times, Revealing Hidden Worlds: Visualizing Science at The New York Times

5:00pm Reception

6:00pm Annual Sackler Lecture

             TO BE ANNOUNCED

Wednesday March 14, 2018


Session 3: Integrating Art & Design Education with Science, Engineering & Medicine

Breakthroughs are increasingly through collaborative efforts spanning multiple disciplines. This session explores integrations of art and design with science, engineering, and medicine. Does such integration have the potential for developing researchers and professionals better prepared to incorporate multiple perspectives, accept new ideas, with greater capacity to work with diverse team members?

David Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, Integrating Higher Education in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine:  A consensus report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Board on Higher Education and Workforce

Panel Discussion and Reflections with Report Committee Members

  – David Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

  – Tom Rudin, Director, NRC Board on Higher Education and Workforce

  – Pamela Jennings, Construkts

  – Youngmoo Kim (moderator), Drexel University

10:30am BREAK


Session 3b: Session Chair: Youngmoo Kim, Drexel University

Robert Root-Bernstein, Michigan State University, How Arts, Crafts and Design Training Benefit STEMM Professionals: The Evidence and It’s Limitations

John Maeda, Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion, Automattic (Invited), Design, Technology, and Inclusion for Advancing Learning

Suzanne Bonamici, Congresswoman, Oregon (Invited), The Congressional STEAM Caucus

12:20pm LUNCH


Session 4: Social Media, Citizen Science & Team Research

How to harness the power of collaboration, participation & teamwork to accelerate research?

In the past, individual “heroes” were celebrated, but today, evidence powerfully supports collaborative projects which bring together diverse talents.  This session presents effective strategies for communication and collaboration in two-person partnerships, small and large teams, and massive citizen science projects. 

Session 4a:

Jennifer Preece, University of Maryland, Citizen Science Speaks to Research: New Paradigms, New Agendas and Broader Impacts

Laura Trouille, Adler Planetarium & Zooniverse Project, Tales from the Zooniverse: Enabling Serendipity and Creativity through Citizen Science

Julia K Parrish, University of Washington, The Promise of Citizen Science: Scale, Technology, Agency and Saving the World

3:00pm BREAK


Session 4b: Session Chair: Alyssa Goodman

Niki Kittur, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Scaling Up Serendipity: Augmenting Analogical Innovation with Crowds and AI

Zeynep Tufekci, writer, academic, and self-styled “techno-sociologist”,

5:00pm END


This unique interdisciplinary experience is two distinct but related events that include the Student Symposium on March 12 and the Colloquium on March 13-14.

//// Role/Play: Collaborative Creativity and Creative Collaborations Student Fellows Symposium

March 12, 2018, Washington D.C.
Supported by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities and Google, Inc.
Organized by Liese Liann Zahabi and Molly Morin 

50 North American graduate students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs across all disciplines have been selected to participate in the Monday, March 12 Student Fellows Symposium and attend the Sackler Colloquium which follows on March 13-14, (please note that the selected students are expected to attend all three days of events).  

Scientists thinking like artists—artists thinking like scientists. When these traditionally defined roles mix together, how is the process of making work or conducting research altered? Does the play between disciplines benefit a designer’s practice, an engineer’s output, or a scientist’s data? What are the hazards and opportunities? 

Student Fellow Symposium Agenda

Awards will include registration for all three days for all awardees (includes some meals during the conference).  West coast students will receive $800 in travel subsidy, students traveling from the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast will receive $600 in travel subsidy. Local students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia will receive registration for all three days, but no travel support.  Selections will be finalized by December 1, 2017 and all applicants notified by email.

Major support for the student symposium has been provided by the Dame Jillian and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, which also support the colloquium series; and Google, Inc.


Additional support for the colloquium has been provided by Science Sandbox – a Simons Foundation initiative, Studio International and Leonardo/ISAST.



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