MRG Seminar — Paul A. Fishwick @ Goldsmiths

Putting a Face on How Things Work

by Paul A. Fishwick

Computer & Information Science & Engineering
University of Florida

Thursday, December 6, 2007, 6pm-7pm
Goldsmiths College, Lecture Hall, Ben Pimlott Building (BPB)

Abstract: Computer software drives most aspects of modern life from mobile phones, wristwatches, and automobiles to dynamic models of catastrophes and fragile ecosystems. The structures of software and dynamic models are varied, fascinating, and relevant to the general public. Yet we have failed to bring these structures into the public sphere through effective media installations and exhibitions. Software and model structures are encoded as arcane narratives or sketched with icons — undecipherable except to experts in a small set of narrow fields. I will overview initiatives that combine elements from computer science, humanities, and the arts to offer ways to address these deficits.

Biography: Paul Fishwick is Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, and Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences (DAS) Curricula. He is active in several communities relating to design including aesthetic computing, software visualization, simulation & modeling, and parallel hardware for simulation. Fishwick obtained the PhD at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania, is an SCS Fellow, and has published widely in books, journals, and conferences relating to modeling and simulation.

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