Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of December 9, 2015

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
UC Berkeley, December 9, 2015
Soda Hall (corner of Hearst and LeRoy), Room 310
NOTE: Use the WEST-entrance of SODA Hall entering from Etcheverry Plaza.
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. See the program for the whole series. The event is free and open to everybody. Email me if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs. Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking. This event is kindly sponsored by the Minerva Foundation.
Where: UC Berkeley
Soda Hall, Room 310
NOTE: Use the WEST-entrance of SODA Hall entering from Etcheverry Plaza.
Campus map
What (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: Weidong Yang (Kinetech Arts) on "Data insights through gestural interactive 3D visualization" A gestural interface for "flying" through 3D graphs... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50: Lisa Wymore (UC Berkeley/ Theater) on "Improvisational Dance Within Computer Augmented Spaces: Dancing with the Unknowable" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.
  • 8:10-8:35: Paul Payton (Chief Engineer of Visa Research) on "Pixtile Patterns: Science and Art - Two Sides of a Moebius Strip" A colorful romp through seemingly disparate fields of science yields aesthetically-pleasing art... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Gregorij Kurillo (Berkeley/ Teleimmersion Lab) on "Human-Centered Modeling for Human-Machine Interaction" Build better assistive devices and optimize interaction between the human and robot... Read more
  • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

See also...
  • Other LASER series
  • Leonardo ISAST
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Other LASER series
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • LAST Festival
    • Gregorij Kurillo received B.Sc. (2001) and Ph.D. degrees (2006) from School of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. From 2002-2006 he was a Research Assistant with the Laboratory of Robotics and Biomedical Engineering with the research focus on the application of human and robotic grasping for rehabilitation of upper extremity. Dr. Kurillo was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, Berkeley, from 2006-2009. Since 2009 he has been Lead Research Engineer at Teleimmersion Lab at UC Berkeley. He is currently also holding a joint appointment as Assistant Researcher at UC Davis Medical School. Dr. Kurillo's research interests include geometric and photometric camera calibration, 3D vision, robotics, technology & healthcare, rehabilitation engineering, tele-medicine, and collaborative virtual reality.
    • Paul Payton joined Visa in January 2011 as Chief Data Scientist in the Technology, Strategy, and Innovation organization of Visa's Chief Technology Office. His areas of specialty are in geo-spatial and temporal data mining, visualization of complex data (in particular, graphical and time-series network patterns), and fusion of key technology enablers. Prior to joining Visa, he spent nearly thirty years with Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, where he was principal software engineer. Paul holds ten patents. He was named 2014 Fellow of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. He received honors degrees in mathematics and computer science with departmental and all-university honors from San Francisco State University.
    • Piero Scaruffi is a cognitive scientist who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is "Synthesis" (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). His latest book of history is "A History of Silicon Valley" (2011). The first volume of his free ebook "A Visual History of the Visual Arts" appeared in 2012. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature.
    • Lisa Wymore is an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and is Co-Artistic Director of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts with Sheldon Smith. A dancer, choreographer and educator in Chicago and formerly at the Northwestern University, she has received several awards for her work. Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts creates multimedia dance theater works and experimental performances. Their work has been presented and hosted by numerous national and international festivals including. She started a multi-disciplinary project called The Resonance Project in 2005, which has evolved into the Z-Lab UC Berkeley, a site for interactive real-time collaboration that involves choreographers, computer engineers, and visual/sound artists. She is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst from the Integrated Movement Studies program. She is a Co-Founder of the Townsend Center Dance Studies Working Group, and she helps organize the Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration in the Bancroft Studio.
    • Weidong Yang has a Ph. D. in Physics and a M.S in Computer Science. He has also been practicing the art of photography and dancing. With experience in both science and art, he founded Kinetech Arts in 2013, a dance company that explores the boundary of applying science and technology in theatre performance. He founded Kineviz in 2014, developing solution in human data interface and 3D visualization.

    Extended abstracts:


    Human movement analysis and modeling provide better understanding of human physical activity and interaction with the environment. With proliferation of new sensing and interactive technologies, the cost of real-time motion capture has been significantly reduced, facilitating new opportunities in health-care, exercise, rehabilitation, human-robot interaction and many others. Our lab is in particular interested in individualized musculoskeletal modeling to understand subject-specific functional capabilities that can be used to improve rehabilitation, build better assistive deices and optimize interaction between the human and robot.


    Pixtile Art (pixel + tile) fuses ideas of computer science, image processing, crystallography, abstract geometry, Boolean algebra, and color theory into variegated mosaics of ornate pointillist tapestries. This presentation will briefly discuss some of the principles and techniques employed in making Pixtile Art, beginning with how an accident led to the discovery of a breathtaking collection of algorithmic art. Intended for both engineer and layperson, the emphasis here will be on the artistic process and will feature copious pieces of `eye candy'.


    3D data visualization provides several advantages over 2D. It permits much greater information density; perspective and fluid changing of perspective; scale and keeping track of it; location and the relationship among many. The metaphor in 2D information display is that of zooming (map) and transporting (web). The metaphor in 3D is that of visiting and navigation, it resembles our experience of the physical world. In this presentation, we will demonstrate a project that visualizes and compares communication structures among different industries in 3D graphs. Those graphs are constructed from meta-data collected from actual usage on Box collaboration platform. A gestural interface for "flying" through data will also be demonstrated. This work was carried out as a client project for Box and was displayed at Boxworks conference 2015 at Moscone center, SF.

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