Wednesday 12 September 2007 / 12 noon - 5 pm
Horizon Scotland / Forres, Scotland Free of charge
Interested in what's going on at Distance Lab? At our "Open Studio"
events we show you how we're pushing the limits of technology and
design to overcome the disadvantages of distance. We also expose you
to some of the most innovative research ideas and personalities from
other parts of the world.
This second Open Studio event follows a similar pattern to our first
oversubscribed event in June. The day will include invited
presentations by two cutting-edge investigators:
is a PhD candidate in the Smart Cities group at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in the USA. She will talk
about her latest project, a system of programmable solar-powered
lighting units called "Urban Pixels" that can be used to create new
effects in the city that blur the boundary between urban lighting
and display. She will also touch on other projects at MIT
investigating how digital media and networking technologies can be
incorporated into the design of urban spaces and mediate our
relationships with cities. In addition to a Masters from the Media
Lab, Susanne holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a
Bachelors degree in Architecture from Princeton University.
Sports over a Distance
Mueller is a PhD candidate in Interaction Design at the
University of Melbourne, Australia. He will present his work in the
areas of "Exertion Interfaces" and "Sports over a Distance" in which
participants in different parts of the world can play a physically
exhausting sport together. Such interfaces may better support social
bonding and the building of trust over a distance than conventional
online experiences, and Floyd has been spending the summer at Distance
Lab working on a new prototype in this research area. Earlier, Floyd
led the research group "Connecting People" at CSIRO in Australia. He
holds a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and a 4-year
degree in Digital Media from FH Furtwangen, Germany.
A light lunch and presentations will be followed by open studio time
during which you can visit our lab space, check out our equipment,
talk to our researchers, and see our latest project demonstrations.