Art and Science: Conversations on Art and Science Series
Conversations on Art and Science Event Series
Under the leadership of SAIC president Walter Massey, the Conversations on Art and Science event series was launched in 2011 as a forum for exploring interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. Lectures or panel discussions hosted each fall semester bring noted artists, designers, and scholars to the SAIC campus to discuss their work. These dialogues provide a time and place for considering myriad perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. They also sustain the diverse conversations on art and science that are ongoing in the work of faculty and students at SAIC.
Conversations on Art and Science:
Making the Invisible Visible:
Wednesday, March 5, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor
Stephanie Rothenberg's artistic practice engages performance, installation, print, and digital media to create provocative interactions that expose the power dynamics within technological utopias. Moving between offline and online worlds, the real and the virtual, her artworks map the impact of new technologies on cultural identity, the workplace, and our natural environments. Rothenberg has exhibited internationally in venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, MASS MoCA, LABoral Art Center, Transmediale, Zer01 Biennial, New York Hall of Science, and the Whitney Museum's artport. She is a recipient of numerous awards, most recently from the Harpo Foundation and Creative Capital and has participated in residencies at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Free103 Wave Farm, among others. Her work has been widely reviewed, including Artforum, Artnet, Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo where she teaches courses in design and emerging practices.
Tricksters of Big Data:
Artificial Intelligence or Intelligent Artifice?
With Dr. David Gondek
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
Wednesday, February 19, 4:30 p.m.
Between digitization and prestidigitation, an appreciation of the cognitive mechanisms underlying human perception and reasoning can be used as valuable inspiration for Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers to construct intelligent systems—or instead, can be used as magicians' devices to persuade audiences of their legerdemain.
David Gondek, SAIC's first-ever visiting Scientist-in-Residence will attempt to untease into which camp Artificial Intelligence falls by exploring the science behind its recent advancements, the scientific and media portrayals of notable human-machine matchups such as computer chess and Jeopardy!, and more recent attempts to predict the imminent dissemination of intelligent machines into other domains. Along the way he will discuss how to peel back the curtain to understand and assess AI technologies such as Knowledge Representation, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing which underlie many of the cutting-edge systems in use today; revisit the recent history of human-machine misunderstandings; and look forward to what the future might hold for progressively intelligent computer systems and the world that we will increasingly share.
David Gondek is the first Scientist-in-Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At IBM Research, he led the Watson Game Strategy and Knowledge Capture and Learning groups for the IBM Jeopardy! Challenge, which saw a computer system defeat grand champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on the nationally televised quiz show in 2011. For this victory the project received the distinction of winning both the AAAI Feigenbaum Prize for advancements in experimental Artificial Intelligence as well as the first Webby "Person of the Year" Award granted to a computer system. Following Watson's victory, Gondek served as Technical Lead for IBM Research's adaptation of Watson to the medical domain before leaving IBM in 2013. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University.
This event is open to the general public.
Read an interview with Gondek here.