Invited Speakers

In keeping with IVA 2020’s interdisciplinary theme, the invited speakers this year encompass a social roboticist with a design background, a neuroscientist and architects with backgrounds in AI, wearables and interactive art.

Professor Jodi Forlizzi: “HRI and HAI: Merging Perspectives from Two Fields”

Wednesday, October 21st, 16:00 GMT (UTC+0)

Abstract: We will soon exist in a world where we have ubiquitous agents and robots at hand. It is not well understood how aspects of context should be inferred as we move from agent to robot and back again. In this talk, I will demonstrate how my research in service design and human robot interaction provides insight on how we can prepare for this near future, providing interactions with agents and robots that truly benefit our lives.

Jodi Forlizzi is the Geschke Director and a Professor in the HCI Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Her current research interests include designing services in the form of educational games, assistive robots, social agents, and healthcare services. She is interested in the intersection of algorithms and human service delivery.

Professor Lars Muckli: “Emotions and other contextual signals in early visual cortex and the computational role for AI”

Thursday, October 22nd, 16:00 GMT (UTC +0)

Lars Muckli is Professor of Visual and Cognitive Neurosciences, and Director of fMRI at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNI), in Glasgow and Co-chair of 7T-Imaging Center of Excellence (ICE) MRI. He has worked for 24 years in the field of fMRI and multi-modal brain imaging. His work focuses on brain imaging of cortical feedback, investigation of layer specific fMRI, and multi-level cross –species computational neuroscience. The Muckli-lab was previously funded by ERC consolidator grant on ‘Brain reading of contextual feedback and predictions’. Since 2016, Lars is member of the Human Brain Project (HBP), leading a work package on rodent and human neuroscience on ‘Context-sensitive multisensory object recognition a deep network model constrained by multi-level, multi-species data’. 

Behnaz Farahi, Ph.D.: “Emotive Matter: Affective Computing from Fashion to Architecture”

Tuesday, October 20th, 16:00 GMT (UTC +0)

Trained as an architect, Behnaz Farahi is an award-winning designer and critical maker based in Los Angeles. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice from USC School of Cinematic Arts. She explores how to foster an empathetic relationship between the human body and the space around it using computational systems. Her work addresses critical issues such as emotion, perception and social interaction. She specializes in computational design, interactive technologies, and digital fabrication technologies.
Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. She has also been exhibited internationally at Ars Electronica, Linz and Context Art Miami, and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including WIRED, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Frame Magazine, and many more. Farahi has won several awards including Innovation By Design Fast Company Award, World Technology Award (WTN) and is the recipient of the BASA and Madworkshop Grants, and the Rock Hudson Fellowship. She is a co-editor of an issue of AD, ‘3D Printed Body Architecture’ (2017) and ‘Interactive Futures’ (forthcoming). She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design, California State University, Long Beach.

Güvenç Özel: “Persuasion Machines: Networked Architectures in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism”

Tuesday, October 20th, 16:00 GMT (UTC +0)

Güvenç Özel is a cyberphysical architect and critical technologist. He is a lead faculty member of IDEAS, a multidisciplinary research and development platform in UCLA, and the principal of Ozel Office, an interdisciplinary design practice located in Los Angeles. His work focuses on how technology and media shapes contemporary sociopolitical relationships and the built environment. His recent projects, ranging from large scale 3D prints to VR installations, were featured by CNN, BBC, Euronews, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Architectural Digest, Wired, Gizmodo, Creators Project/ Vice, Dwell and Designboom among others. His projects have been exhibited in venues such as Istanbul Modern, Saatchi Gallery London, Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Ozel’s research, which is supported by leading tech companies Google, Autodesk, Microsoft, Oculus and others, uses artificial intelligence, interactive sensor systems, robotics and XR to create reactive experiences and environments that are synchronized and responsive to human presence and senses.