Tech Talks: Computational Thinking Meets Design Thinking: Technology and Arts Collaboration

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Join the University of Utah School of Computing and The City Library for a lecture series about the impact of computer science on our society and culture. Topics include algorithms and bias, the science of air quality, and technology and arts collaborations.

Computational Thinking Meets Design Thinking: Technology and Arts Collaboration
Presented by Professor Erik Brunvand

There seems to be an explosion of interest in exploring arts and technology connections: new media, digital media, kinetic art, new frontiers, emergent media, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary are only some of the terms used to describe this fusion of disciplines. This emerging arena for collaboration brings up a number of questions. Are fine arts and technology compatible partners? Do these disciplines support each other or flinch when they are combined like oil and water? Do collaborative efforts provide interesting insights and opportunities for students? For practitioners? In this talk I will start with some thoughts on the nature of combining arts and technology, and show some historical and contemporary examples.

About the Speaker:
Erik Brunvand is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah, where he's been teaching and doing research in computer engineering since 1990. His research interests are generally related to computer design and implementation. His research group is currently working on designing special-purpose computers for generating very realistic computer graphic images using a technique called ray tracing. His interest in computer hardware extends from the high-level design of the processor, to its implementation on a silicon integrated circuit.

School of Computing

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200