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ASK ME ANYTHING: “I’m a Robot Whisperer” - CFA 211

  • CMU College of Fine Arts Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA 211 (map)

Bring your curiosities about the intersection of robotics, fabrication, art, and design for the STUDIO’s first AMA (Ask Me Anything). Interdisciplinary artists and researchers  Madeline Gannon and Maria Yablonina will briefly present on their recent work exploring the fringes of human-robot and robot-robot interaction. After the presentations, the floor will open up for an open discussion. So bring your questions about working with advanced robotics, curiosities about autonomous friends, and fears about the impending robot uprising.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Speaker Bios:

Maria Yablonina is an artist, researcher and designer working in the field of robotic fabrication with a focus on custom, task specific machines for making. Currently Maria is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart. With a strong interest in robotics and digital fabrication techniques, she is currently focusing on exploring potential fabrication techniques enabled through introduction of architecture-specific custom robotic tools for construction and fabrication. Her work includes development of hardware and software tools as well as complementing material systems.

Madeline Gannon is passionate about inventing better ways to communicate with machines. She develops human-centered interfaces that transform bodies into interactive canvases and robots into sentient companions as a way of illustrating the future of digital making. Her work blends disciplinary knowledge from design, robotics and human-computer interaction to innovate at the edges of digital creativity. Her work has been internationally exhibited at leading cultural institutions, published at ACM conferences, and widely covered by diverse media outlets across design, art, and technology communities. Gannon leads ATONATON, a research studio scouting the untapped potential of emerging technologies, and is a 2017 World Economic Forum Cultural Leader. She holds a Masters in Architecture from Florida International University, and is completing a PhD in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University.