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 !
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 )
SEE YOU IN WASHINGTON DC NEXT MARCH 12-14 2018
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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”,
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?
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.