Oct 27 2020

We are speaking on this panel at Simon Fraser University.
The Data Visionaries Series presents Data for the Senses: Re-Imagining Multi-Sensory Experiences.

‘Can new technologies incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and computational creativity re-imagine what it means to produce and consume art?’

‘This Fall, the Data Visionaries Series will explore how emerging data-rich technologies can create a deeper understanding of our lived-experiences by combining AI, human data and the artistic process. This panel session features leading experts who are using advances in AI and machine learning to transcend disciplinary boundaries, re-interpreting how our senses shape our understanding of the world.

The Data Visionaries panel session will feature demonstrations that showcase the intersection of art, choreography, sound, virtual reality, AI, ethics and creativity. It will offer a glimpse of what happens when we combine tangible data with computer technologies that emulate, study, stimulate and enhance human creativity and the first-person experience.’


Atau Tanaka, Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli, Electronic Arts.

Marianna Obrist, Professor of Multisensory Interfaces at University College London.

Philippe Pasquier, Associate Professor and Director, Metacreation Lab for Creative AI at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University

Moderator: Thecla Schiphorst, Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University

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Atau Tanaka performs music with systems of embodied interaction, capturing body movement and physiological states to create digital musical instruments. His project Global String was supported by the Foundation Daniel Langlois and Meta Gesture Music and BioMusical Instruments by the European Research Council (ERC). He has been researcher at Sony CSL Paris, artistic co-director of STEIM Amsterdam, director of Culture Lab Newcastle, Edgard-Varèse Guest Professor at TU Berlin and is Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths University of London.

Ruth Gibson is a Reader at the Centre for Dance Research, University of Coventry and a member of the Skinner Releasing Network & Institute of Teachers. She has progressed a unique field of practice in motion capture in virtual settings, winning numerous awards and commissions with long term collaborator, artist Bruno Martelli.

Bruno Martelli, an alumni from Central Saint Martins, holds a joint PhD with Ruth from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Gibson/Martelli publish in journals such as Transformations and conferences TEI, EVA & MOCO. Gibson/Martelli are exhibited worldwide by the Barbican, Gazelli Art House and Sim Smith Gallery, London and HereYouArt, China.

Marianna Obrist is Professor of Multisensory Interfaces and, before joining UCL, she was head of the Sussex Computer Human Interaction (SCHI ‘sky’) Lab at the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex. Her research ambition is to establish touch, taste and smell as interaction modalities in human computer interaction (HCI). Her research is mainly supported by an ERC starting grant. As part of her research, she developed a novel scent-delivery technology that was exhibited at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2019 and 2020 in Davos. Supported by an ERC proof-of-concept, this technology is now commercialised through OWidgets Ltd, a university start-up she co-founded in 2019. Before joining Sussex, Marianna was a Marie Curie Fellow at Newcastle University. She was selected Young Scientist 2017 and 2018 to attend the WEF in China, and become an inaugural member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM-FCA) in 2017. More recently, Marianna was appointed as a Visiting Professor at the Burberry Material Futures Research Group at RCA and spent the summer 2019 as a Visiting Professor at the HCI Engineering Group at MIT CSAIL.

Philippe Pasquier researches creative processes and generative systems. He is a scientist specialized in artificial intelligence, a multidisciplinary artist, and educator and a community builder. His contributions range from theoretical research in multi-agent systems, computational creativity, creative AI and machine learning, to applied artistic research and practice in digital art, computer music and generative art. Philippe is an associate professor in Simon Fraser University’s School for Interactive Arts and Technology, in Vancouver, where he directs the Metacreation Lab for Creative AI.


Thecla Schiphorst has an Interdisciplinary MA under special arrangements in Dance and Computing Science from Simon Fraser University (1993), and a Doctor of Philosophy – Ph.D. (2008) from the School of Computing at the University of Plymouth. Her background in dance and computing form the basis for her research in embodied interaction, focusing on movement knowledge representation, tangible and wearable technologies, media and digital art, and the aesthetics of interaction. She applies body-based somatic models as articulated in systems such as Laban Movement Analysis to technology design processes within an HCI context. Her research goal is to expand the practical application of embodied theory within technology design. She is a member of the original design team that developed Life Forms, the computer compositional tool for choreography, and collaborated with Merce Cunningham from 1990 to 2005 supporting his creation of new dance with the computer. She is the winner of the 1998 Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) biennial PetroCanada Award for her Innovation in New Technologies in the Arts.