Monday , October 18 2021

“Designing Bits and Pieces”

Very interesting symposium at MIT’s Media Lab on May 10:

    On May 10, the MIT Media Laboratory and the Consumer Electronics Association will co-host a symposium at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, followed by a research open house at the Media Lab. Walt Mossberg, Personal Technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal, will serve as emcee.

    Topics include new materials and design/fabrication methods for them, new communication networks, incremental and limitless scalability, self-managing device ecosystems, new power sources, new sensors and displays. The goal is simple, ubiquitous, easy- and delightful-to-use devices that know a great deal about one another, the world, and the people in their proximity. This meeting marks the launch of CELab, a new consumer electronics research program at MIT.

    8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
    9:00 – 9:30 Opening Remarks
    V. Michael Bove, Jr.
    Director, CELab, MIT Media Laboratory

    Gary Shapiro
    President and CEO
    Consumer Electronics Association

    Nicholas Negroponte
    Chairman, MIT Media Laboratory
    9:30 – 10:00 Innovation
    Nolan Bushnell
    CEO and Founder, uWink, Inc.
    Known as the “Father of Computer Entertainment,” Bushnell has founded over 20 companies, including Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater, and is a member of the Video Game Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was also honored as one of the first 50 inductees into the Consumer Electronics Association’s Hall of Fame.
    10:00 – 10:30 Identity
    Geoffrey Frost
    Chief Brand Officer, Motorola, Inc.
    Previously known for his innovative brand campaigns at Nike, Frost joined Motorola in 1999, and was named the company’s first brand officer in 2003. Under Frost’s direction, Motorola has received many creative awards, including the Effie Award for advertising effectiveness.
    10:30 – 11:00 Break
    11:00 – 11:45 Wireless
    David Reed
    Adjunct Professor, Viral Communications
    MIT Media Laboratory; Fellow, HP Labs

    Vanu Bose
    President and CEO, Vanu, Inc.

    Richard Beckwith
    Research Psychologist
    People & Practices Research, Intel Corporation
    11:45 – 12:30 Power
    Joseph Paradiso
    Sony Associate Professor
    Responsive Environments, MIT Media Laboratory

    Dave DeMuro
    Manager of Advanced Development
    Energy Systems Group, Motorola, Inc.

    Ted Selker,
    Associate Professor
    Context-Aware Computing, MIT Media Laboratory
    12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
    1:30 – 2:00 Creativity
    Bran Ferren
    Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer
    Applied Minds, Inc.
    An award-winning designer/technologist, Ferren was formerly President for Creative Technology and Research and Development at Walt Disney Imagineering. Ferren has earned numerous theater, film, scientific, and engineering honors for his innovations, including three Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievement.
    2:00 – 2:30 Design & Materials
    John Maeda
    Muriel R. Cooper Associate Professor
    Physical Language Workshop, MIT Media Laboratory

    Joseph Jacobson
    Associate Professor
    Molecular Machines, MIT Media Laboratory
    2:30 – 3:00 Sensors, Actuators & Displays
    Hugh Herr
    Biomechatronics, MIT Media Laboratory

    Sile O’Modhrain
    Principal Research Scientist
    Palpable Machines, Media Lab Europe
    3:15 – 6:30 Open House & Reception
    MIT Media Laboratory

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