Tangible visualization: paths toward physically-entangled interactive computational STEAM
30th September 2014, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PCRI, Salle 445 (how to get there ?)
UPDATE: TALK IS CANCELLED (due to Air France Strike)
Scientific and information visualization have long offered powerful approaches for helping people graphically represent, explore, and understand our universe. Our group investigates tangible visualization. Here, tangible interfaces (which support interaction through systems of computationally-mediated physical artifacts) are used to interactively represent complex systems. We approach this research from two perspectives: studying and engaging specific application domains; and developing underlying architectures supporting realizations of tangible visualization. We target two primary application areas: interactive computational science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (ICy STEAM) and cultural computing. We will describe ICy STEAM efforts in computational comparative genomics, and cultural computing examples from LSU CCT's Cultural Computing focus area (with faculty spanning our Schools of Art, EECS, ISDS, Mass Communications, and Music).
Brygg Ullmer is the Effie C. and Donald M. Hardy associate professor at LSU, jointly in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT). He leads CCT's Cultural Computing focus area (research division), with 15 faculty spanning six departments, and co-leads the Tangible Visualization group. He serves as director for the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Computational Biology (BBC) Core. Ullmer completed his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Laboratory (Tangible Media group) in 2002, where his research focused on tangible user interfaces. He held a postdoctoral position in the visualization department of the Zuse Institute Berlin, internships at Interval Research (Palo Alto) and Sony CSL (Tokyo), and has been a visiting lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic's School of Design. His research interests include tangible interfaces, computational genomics (and more broadly, interactive computational STEAM), visualization, and rapid physical and electronic prototyping. He also has a strong interest in computationally-mediated art, craft, and design, rooted in the traditions and material expressions of specific regions and cultures.