Theme: Artful Resolutions
What do you get when you combine cutting edge computer science research, dazzling creativity, and the magic of TEDx? Come to the second TEDxUofTSalon: Artful Resolutions, hosted at the Fields Institute, to find out! This Salon’s talks focus on the intersection of computer science and art, looking at such diverse areas as computer graphics, human-centred design, and visual data communication. How can we use art to find creative resolutions to global problems? Join us for an unforgettable evening of creativity, discussion, and ideas.
For more information and to register, visit the TEDxUofT webpage.
Speakers to include:
Samar Sabie (HBSc 2011, MSc 2017)
How do we promote maker culture among immigrant youth? Cornell PhD student – Samar Sabie explores ways in which design and technology can be used to support the development and well-being of populations in the diaspora. Samar's talk will examine the use of technology in non-intrusive ways to improve the lives of others.
Tovi Grossman (BSc 2002, MSc 2002, PhD 2008), Autodesk Research
While we continue to teach computers how to solve our increasingly complex problems, this speaker is interested in flipping the script! Tovi currently researches Human-Computer Interaction at Autodesk and is interested in the educational potential in the pairing of the Internet of Things and Automation. In his talk, Tovi will show how recently developed technologies will allow for a new paradigm of digital master-apprentice relationships.
Dr. Grossman will join the Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor in the summer of 2018.
Steve Engels, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
AI continues to push the limits of what is possible with machine learning successes in self-driving cars and facial recognition, but is often assumed to be off-limits from areas like artistic creation. However, computer science professor Steve Engels sees AI's creative potential. In his talk, Steve will show how AI can model human creative processes, and how creativity is definitely not off-limits!
Chris Landreth, Distinguished Research Artist-in-Residence, Department of Computer Science
We’ve been hard-wired to see minute details of human faces. This is why we are often creeped out by CGI characters who fall into the “Uncanny Valley”, because they fail to show the fleeting facial details we have grown to recognise. Chris Landreth will be taking us on a journey through the “Uncanny Valley” and how he is creating characters that speak with intelligence and emotion. As a “Distinguished Artist In Residence” at the University of Toronto with two decades of experience in Computer-Generated Imagery, Chris' talk will focus on the possibilities of mind-bending animation.