Dr. Clifford A. Lynch and Dean David Fenske: A Conversation
October 4, 2013
Clifford Lynch, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), is coming to the ExCITe Center to speak October 4th. Lynch’s rich CS and IS background and experience makes it possible for him to speak knowledgeably about the history and emerging trends on a wide range of topics including data-intensive science (aka big data); teaching, learning, & technology; the evolution of software design; infrastructure & standards development; digital preservation; mobile devices and the information ecology; digital documentation & cultural memory; and more. This talk is presented by the iSchool.
October 14, 2013
The Fuller in Phila Symposium at Drexel’s ExCITe Center, co-sponsored by the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, re-animates the ideas of pioneering inventor, designer and global thinker R. Buckminster Fuller.
As World Fellow in Residence here (1972-1983), Bucky advanced his life’s work in architecture and sustainable design, including his books Synergetics 1&2 and Critical Path, which envisions designs to survive planetary disasters. With keynote speakers Eva Diaz and Tim Wessels, plus a hands-on design workshop, we explore the significance of Fuller’s thought today.
Eva Díaz is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art at Pratt Institute in New York. Her book The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College will soon released by University of Chicago Press, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the founding of the College. Her writing has appeared in magazines and journals such as The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Art in America, Cabinet, Frieze, Grey Room, October, and Tate Etc., and she is a regular contributor to Artforum. She is currently working on a book about the legacy of Buckminster Fuller’s work titled The Fuller Effect: The Critique of Total Design in Postwar Art.
Tim Wessels was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Philadelphia in May of 1973 to work as a staff member in Bucky’s Philadelphia office. He managed part of Fuller’s archives, assisted in the fabrication and installation of museum exhibits, fulfilled orders for Bucky’s books and maps and provided personal service to Bucky when he was in town. At the end of 1979, Tim relocated to New Hampshire and worked for several solar energy research and pollution control businesses before discovering the joy of micro-computers. Having installed and supported hundreds of local computer networks throughout New England, he currently consults on the use of cloud computing services and plans to create a regional cloud storage service in New England.
Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has published extensively in the fields of Caribbean Studies and Mobilities research, and recently completed a series of articles and a book on the cultural history of aluminum in the making of light modernity, inspired in part by the work of Bucky Fuller. She is the author of Democracy After Slavery (Macmillan, 2000); Consuming the Caribbean (Routledge, 2003); Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2012); and Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity (MIT Press, 2014). She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities, associate editor of Transfers, and co-editor with John Urry of Mobile Technologies of the City (Routledge, 2006) and Tourism Mobilities (Routledge, 2004).
Joseph D. Clintonis is globally recognized for his association with R. Buckminster Fuller. This relationship began during his graduate studies at Southern Illinois University. Their collaboration resulted in a number of computer models for designing geodesic and kinetic structures. They have become the classic design basics for most modern day geodesic structures. Joseph has continued to investigate kinetic systems and minimal surface structures and applies them to design problems.
Grassroots Game Conference
October 18, 2013
The ExCITe Center will be hosting a segment of the Grassroots Game Conference exploring the Collision of Games and Music. As a whole, the conference aims to encourage the use of creativity in game development, as well as to expand the field. This event will feature a number of presentations by experts with backgrounds in both music and technology, including our very own Youngmoo Kim, as well as panel discussions.
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Dr. Teresa Nakra, Associate Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey, is a recognized expert in music technology, having made important research contributions in the study of musical expression and gesture. She is best known for her quantitative analyses of orchestral conducting, and the application of this information to real-time music systems. Teresa’s research areas include human-computer interfaces, real-time music systems, music theory, music perception, and affective computing. Her interactive conducting experiences, You’re the Conductor and Virtual Maestro, have been showcased across the United States and Europe at museums, music festivals, and concert halls. She founded and runs Immersion Music, a non-profit organization that designs technical solutions for the performing arts. Clients have included Harvard University, ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Boston Children’s Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum (Illinois), the Leonard Bernstein Office, UBS, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, American Composers Orchestra, Arizona State University, and McGill University. Her work has been profiled in the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Times, CNN Headline News, BBC World Service, and the Associated Press. Teresa performs professionally as a conductor and violinist, in opera, symphonic, and new music productions. She holds an A.B. degree in music (magna cum laude) from Harvard University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the MIT Media Laboratory.
Tae Hong Park is a composer, music technologist, and bassist. His work focuses on composition of electro-acoustic and acoustic music, machine learning and computer-aided music analysis, research in multi-dimensional aspects of timbre, and audio digital signal processing. Dr. Park has presented his music at national and international conferences and festivals including Bourges, ICMC, MATA, SCIMF, and SEAMUS. Among the ensembles and performers that have played his work are the Brentano String Quartet, California E.A.R. Unit, Edward Carroll, Ensemble Surplus, Zoe Martlew, Nash Ensemble of London, and the Tarab Cello Ensemble. Professor Park is author of Introduction to Digital Signal Processing: Computer Musically Speaking (World Scientific, 2010). He is the Chief Editor of Journal SEAMUS, serves as Editiorial Consultant for Computer Music Journal, and is President of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Eric Humphrey is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Music Technology at the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) @ NYU. After earning a BSEE at Syracuse University in 2007, Eric flocked south to pursue a masters in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami, graduating in 2009. During the completion of his master’s thesis, Eric fell in love with music informatics and New York City; as a result, he now spends his days in the Village, striving to make machines more intelligent. In addition to the academic pursuits of higher education, Eric is a multi-instrumentalist, has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Miami, worked as an independent contractor roles for several audio technology companies, spent a summer at Google doing really exciting things he can’t really talk about, and currently serves as the student member on the ISMIR Steering Committee.
Youngmoo Kim is Director of the ExCITe Center and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab and also holds Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University as well undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Music from Swarthmore College. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) pursues machine understanding of sound, interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and K-12 outreach for engineering education. He co-chaired the 2008 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval and was invited by the National Academy of Engineering to co-organize the “Engineering and Music” session for the 2010 Frontiers of Engineering conference. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Knight Foundation. Youngmoo has performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, American Musical Theater of San Jose, and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston) and is a member of Opera Philadelphia’s American Repertoire Council.