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LASER Talks in San Francisco

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LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST's international program of evening gatherings that brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations.

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LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 20 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website

The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.


7:00-7:25Gregorij Kurillo (Berkeley/ Teleimmersion Lab) on "Human-Centered Modeling for Human-Machine Interaction."

7:25-7:50 Hsiao-Yun Chu (SFSU) on "TBA"

7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.

8:10-8:35 Liat Berdugo (Media Artist) on "TBA"

8:35-9:00Manuela Travaglianti (UC Berkeley/ Political Science) on "How can we Prevent Election Violence?"

9:00-9:30: Discussions, networking. You can mingle with the speakers and the audience.


·  Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator who studied mathematics and philosophy at Brown University, and design at Rhode Island School of Design. Berdugo has been exhibited in galleries and festivals nationally and internationally, and her book, The Everyday Maths, was published by Anomalous Press in 2013. She is the net art and special programs curator for Print Screen, Israel's international festival of digital art; co-founder and curator of the Bay Area's Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly new media art salon; co-founder and curator of World Wide West, an annual summit, exhibit, and performative new media event, among others. She collaborates widely with individuals and archives. Her work has won several awards, including fellowships at the Hambidge Center, the Vermont Studio center, and a year-long residency in Tel Aviv, Israel, through the Dorot Foundation. Current research projects include a series of works that interrogate citizen video archives in zones of conflict. Specifically, Berdugo has been researching citizen surveillance and counter-surveillance in Israel/Palestine, and writing a series of essays on the politics of visibility in amateur videography. More at

·  Hsiao-Yun Chu is Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, School of Design, San Francisco State University. Her interests include design history, user-based research methodology, project-based learning, practice-based research, and the cultural and social implications of design. She is the author of two books on R. Buckminster Fuller and of numerous articles on design and design history. She is also an associate editor with the International Journal of Design. Prof. Chu is the coordinator of the Master's Program in Design at SF State, and the study abroad advisor for incoming students from our six bilateral programs. Ph.D., University of Brighton, Brighton UK; M.S. Eng, Product Design, Stanford University; A.B. cum laude, Harvard University. She published two books: "New Views on R. Buckminster Fuller" (Stanford University Press, 2009) and "Dymaxion Car: Buckminster Fuller" (IvoryPress, 2010).

·  Gregorij Kurillo received B.Sc. (2001) and Ph.D. degrees (2006) from School of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. From 2002-2006 he was a Research Assistant with the Laboratory of Robotics and Biomedical Engineering with the research focus on the application of human and robotic grasping for rehabilitation of upper extremity. Dr. Kurillo was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, Berkeley, from 2006-2009. Since 2009 he has been Lead Research Engineer at Teleimmersion Lab at UC Berkeley. He is currently also holding a joint appointment as Assistant Researcher at UC Davis Medical School. Dr. Kurillo's research interests include geometric and photometric camera calibration, 3D vision, robotics, technology & healthcare, rehabilitation engineering, tele-medicine, and collaborative virtual reality.

·  Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is "Synthesis" (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). His latest book of history is "A History of Silicon Valley" (2011). The first volume of his free ebook "A Visual History of the Visual Arts" appeared in 2012. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008.

·  Manuela Travaglianti is a Lecturer in the Peace and Conflict Studies and the Global Studies program at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of political violence in Sub-Saharan Africa. She studies the the effectiveness of electoral violence prevention programs through experimental and qualitative methods. She teaches classes on post-conflict peace building and global studies in Africa, and advise undergraduate senior capstones in peace and conflict studies. She has collaborated with the United States Institute of Peace. Prior to joining UC Berkeley she was a graduate fellow at the Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation.


September 12th, 2017 7:00 PM   through   9:00 PM
2497 Golden Gate Ave
Fromm Hall - Berman Room
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94118
United States

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