Human Interactive | About
To coincide with the Creative Machine exhibition Goldsmiths is hosting a major one day conference exploring the theme of human/machine interaction with leading industry and aca-demic speakers across computer games, robotics, VR, neuro-science, psychology, bioinformatics and computer art."
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Who We Are

A bit about us

Thank you for joining us for this day so that we can collectively explore the current and future interfaces between human beings and the rapidly evolving landscape of novel technologies.

As a research intensive university, we combine new thinking in arts and humanities, social sciences and creative computing to address questions around our developing relationship with technology. Here at Goldsmiths, we believe that the majority of today’s challenges cannot be addressed through a single disciplinary perspective on understanding how the human condition is defined in relation to digital, social and creative economies. In short, we seek to understand what it means to be human in the context of technological innovation through multi-disciplinary perspectives.

It has never been more important for universities to make available the knowledge we generate in order to work in partnership and share our collective expertise in a way that can really make a difference in the world. And so our research is undertaken in collaboration with a wide range of businesses, social enterprises, charities, museums and galleries.

This is the spirit of our coming together today. We hope you enjoy the event, engage with the discussions from our fantastic speakers and meet people you want to connect with beyond this conference.

To conclude the day we warmly welcome you to the private view and opening of the Creative Machine exhibition where we hope you will be able to join us to continue our conversations informally over drinks.

Best wishes
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Patrick Loughrey,

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Professor Mark d’Inverno,

Pro-Warden, Research & Enterprise



The Human Interactive Conference brings together leading experts from industry and academia to explore current and emerging challenges in human/machine interaction. The conference explores possible futures for human-machine interaction, coming from advances in computer games, AI, neuroscience, AR/VR, psychology, big data analytics, robotics and creative computing.

The conference addresses three key questions:

  1. Is machine interaction good enough for humans?
    Is Artificial intelligence rich enough to feel human? Are data analytics powerful enough to pull and cut the data in ways the user instantly wants? Are user interfaces intuitive? Can interactive creative tools create art? Can interactive creative tools help people create better art? Are living computer games worlds genuinely immersive? Are robots becoming companions? Do we want robots as companions?
  2. Are humans keeping up with the machine’s interaction needs?
    Is the data overload too much to allow humans to respond effectively? Do humans respond quickly and rationally enough?
  3. What are the social and psychological effects of the almost continuous online presence that has become the common human condition?And what are their neurological implications? And what are the associated economical, ethical, societal and environmental issues involved?

We are delighted to have brought such an eminent group of speakers together to support us and thank them for their energies, enthusiasm and debate.

Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie and Prof. William Latham
Conference Co-Chairs. Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London.