Curious about the future opportunities in design here at UC Berkeley? There will be a livestream of President Bill Clinton and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs talking about a future design innovation initiative at UC Berkeley on Thursday June 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. In addition to the webcast, leaders in UC Berkeley engineering education will also speak.
Below is the e-mail announcement from the Dean of Engineering, Shankar Sastry:
Dear Berkeley Engineering community,
We invite you to join us on Thursday, June 13 for a special live webcast from the Clinton Global Initiative|America conference in Chicago. President Bill Clinton and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs will jointly announce a commitment to launch a Design Innovation initiative here in the College of Engineering, UC Berkeley. This initiative will help meet national priorities for economic growth and competitiveness, and we are thrilled by the attention and support.
You can take part in this celebration by joining us for a brief program and webcast:
- · Thursday, June 13, 2013
- · 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
- · Banatao Room, 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
- · Live webcast from CGI America approximately 1:30 p.m. – don’t miss it!
- · Pizza, treats from Cupkates Bakery, and more
We will also hear from Executive Associate Dean Fiona Doyle and other college leaders who are active in infusing engineering education with an emphasis on design and rapid prototyping. This is a very exciting direction for the College!
For more information about the celebration, please contact Clara Dellenbach in College Relations, 510-643-8564 email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
S. Shankar Sastry
Dean and Carlson Professor
College of Engineering, UC Berkeley
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Tuesday 14 May, 12pm – 1pm
Berkeley Institute of Design (BiD) Lab, 354/360 HMMB
Revisiting Distributed Collaboration around Physical Representations: Digital Fabrication and Rubik’s Cubes
Lora is currently a Post-Doctoral researcher working with Wendy Mackay in the in|situ research group at INRIA Saclay. She will discuss her current research focus (see below) as well as general reflections on conducting research in France.
Through digital fabrication, designers and makers can rapidly create physical representations of their digital designs. When designers in remote locations collaborate with one another, they can not only discuss digital design representations, but also ground their conversation in locally-fabricated physical representations of their designs. What happens to collaboration when experts are able to create a local copy of the physical object under discussion? Does the experts’ access to a local physical copy of the design help or hinder their ability to communicate? We conducted a study of pairs of expert and novice Rubik’s cube solvers to look at how task performance and novice attention is affected by the remote expert’s access to a physical representation. We also discuss planned sessions with expert-novice pairs of distributed digital fabricators.
A Kinect-Based Physiotherapy Application
Modern devices are integrating natural user interfaces (NUI) into their core structure through touchscreens, 3D depth measurement, voice recognition, and gesture recognition. The NUI’s allow users to interact with their electronic devices in a naturally intuitive manner that mimics their interaction with the physical world. Robust applications are needed to fully utilize the new demands and opportunities presented from such technologies. Because of the intuitive nature of NUI devices, there are openings to develop applications that directly interact with human activities. One such application is in remote physiotherapy, where patients use an application to perform and track progress in a specified physical therapy program. Our talk will outline automatic exercise creation software as well the exercise recognition software that patients/therapists can use to create and use custom rehabilitation regimens.
Posted in Design, Tech
from 2:30 to 4 PM
! Take a study break and check out this talk about solving the world’s problems through design and technology!
There are many urgent problems facing the planet: a degrading environment, a healthcare system in crisis, and educational systems that are failing to produce creative, innovative thinkers to solve tomorrow’s problems. Technology influences behavior, and I believe when we balance it with revolutionary design, we can reduce a family’s energy and water use by 50%, double most people’s daily physical activity, and educate any child anywhere in the world to a level of proficiency on par with the planet’s best students. My research program tackles these grand challenges by using a new model of interdisciplinary research that takes a long view and encourages risk-taking and creativity. I will illustrate how we are addressing these grand challenges in our research by building systems that balance innovative user interfaces with novel activity inference technology. These systems have helped individuals stay fit, led families to be more sustainable in their everyday lives, and supported learners in acquiring second languages. I will also introduce the World Lab, a cross-cultural institute that embodies my balanced approach to attack the world’s biggest problems today, while preparing the technology and design leaders of tomorrow.
James Landay is the Short-Dooley Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, specializing in human-computer interaction. He is the founder and co-director of the World Lab, a joint research and educational effort with Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prof. Landay is also the co-founder of the dub group at the University of Washington. From 2003 through 2006 he was also the Laboratory Director of Intel Labs Seattle, a university affiliated research lab exploring ubiquitous computing. His current research interests include Technology to Support Behavior Change, Demonstrational Interfaces, Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing, and User Interface Design Tools. He spent his 2009-2011 sabbatical at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, where he was also a Visiting Professor in the Computer Science Department of Tsinghua University.
Landay received his BS in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1990 and MS and PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. His PhD dissertation was the first to demonstrate the use of sketching in user interface design tools. He was also the chief scientist and co-founder of NetRaker. In 1997 he joined the faculty in EECS at UC Berkeley, leaving as an Associate Professor in 2003. He was named to the ACM SIGCHI Academy in 2011. He currently serves on the NSF CISE Advisory Committee. More information can be found at https://www.cs.washington.edu/people/
Get ready for the biggest open-house, second to perhaps only Cal Day on campus, on Wednesday, May 8—Design Fest! Design Fest showcases caps the end of the semester by showcasing projects from various design classes across campus from various departments and colleges.
From the organizers:
Design Fest is emerging as a UC Berkeley open-house campus tradition. This year’s Design Fest features participants from new departments and student clubs which will help to highlight the breadth of Berkeley’s design offerings. On display will be hundreds of newly-created products designed to improve the lives of people from all walks of life.
Berkeley’s Design Fest is an open house event where Berkeley students will show and tell theircurrent projects. This open house event will showcase the diversity and magnitude of the designactivity occurring in departments throughout Berkeley. The first phase of Design Fest will take place at the College of Environmental Design from 10am-noon. The north campus phase of the Design Festwill take place from 2-5pm in the CITRIS Atrium, Blum Center and patio. Or join us in the center of campus in our oldest building South Hall mid-afternoon.
10-noon Wurster Hall Lobby and Cal Design Lab, 494 Wurster Hall
- Design & Activism (College of Environmental Design, Rael, Hood & Ju)
- Student Design Clubs: Design For America and Berkeley Innovation
- New Product Development (Business, Kellogg)
1-2:00 pm Keynote Launch Talks, Sutardja Dai Hall Auditorium
- Welcome, Alice Agogino, Co-Founder of UC Berkeley Design Fest; Founder of Engineering Pathway
- Evan Atherton, Autodesk (inventor of 3D speakers: see Wired and Engadget.com)
- Jeff Denby, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Wear PACT
- Sami Nerenberg, Director of Operations for Design for America
- Rasheq Zarif, Senior Manager, Business Innovation, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development
2-5:00 pm: Posters, Atrium Sutardja Dai Hall, Patio and the Blum Center
- Human-Computer Interaction (Computer Science, Hartmann)
- Introduction to New Product Development (Mechanical Engineering, Agogino)
- Sustainable Product and Community Design (Mechanical Engineering, Agogino; Environmental Engineering, Addy )
- Mechanical Design and Prototyping (Mechanical Engineering, Pisano & Lin)
- Mercedes-Benz Prototype Electric Vehicle (Zarif, ME110/ME290H student teams)
- Live Streaming Data Hug Challenge (Niemeyer, Internet Citizenship)
2-3:30 pm: Design Presentations, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
- Human-Computer Interaction (Computer Science, Hartmann)
3:30-5 pm: Design Presentations, Product Design, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
- Share Your Charger (ME290H): Social platform providing a seamless transaction process for EV users to use and rent EV chargers with other EV users
- Share Your Charger (ME110): An EV charger core kit with modular and mobile components for easy set-up (sponsored by Mercedes-Benz)
- Energy Harvester (ME110): Generate clean energy to power your phone through human motions and activities
- Pinpression (Locate All Things, ME110): Encourage and incentivize users to organize important items through convenient, aesthetically pleasing central hub
- Living Display (ME110): Design a culturally appropriate display for PPN to preserve, honor, and claim absolute ownership of their artifacts
2-3:30 pm iSchool, 210 South Hall
- Tangible Interface Design (iSchool, Ryokai)
4-6:00 pm Capstone Industry Posters, Blum Center
- Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership (Fung Institute, Engineering, Fleming)
4-7:00 pm 60 Evans Hall
- Designing Innovative Public Health Solutions (Public Health, Sandhu)
Many thanks to the sponsors and coaches for UC Berkeley design projects. Refreshments provided by the Human-Centered Design Course Threads program and the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.
“EECS & LSCS students have swept the CRA Awards this year. EECS students Zhengyuan Zhou and Frank Ong won the CRA National Award (male) and runner-up (male) award respectively. LSCS student Stephanie Rogers and EECS student Amy Pavel also won Honorable Mentions in the nationwide female category. Zhengyuan’s research contributed an elegant solution to a differential game theory problem and as a result he directly contributed to 9 papers in the past 2 years. Frank Ong’s work in using “wavelets” to reduce noise in sonography procedures is being piloted by several Bay Area hospitals. Among Stephanie Roger’s many projects was the use of machine learning to authenticate users based on personal touchscreen strokes. Amy Pavel’s research used machine learning techniques for automatic extraction of HTML tutorials and then built UI to browse and compare these tutorials based on extracted command structure. The CRA Undergraduate Research Award is a nationwide competition recognizing undergraduates who illustrate extraordinary promise in computer science research. ”
—from CS Student Affairs Officer Christopher Hunn
Ever wonder what on earth do the students in the School of Information do? Check out ISchool students’ final projects this week and next to see what they have been working on all semester long!
Don’t miss these upcoming class showcases at the UC Berkeley School of Information:
May 1, 2013 - “Drone Lab Showcase“
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
210 South Hall
Join students from the School of Information’s Drone Lab for a demonstration of the projects they’ve been working on this spring, plus an opportunity to pilot a drone yourself.
May 6 & 8, 2013 - “Tangible User Interfaces: Student Project Exhibition”
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
210 South Hall
An open house student project exhibition of the “Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces” class. Stop by and try out the interfaces for yourself!
May 7, 2013 - “Open Data Project Exhibition”
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
210 South Hall
Join us for an exhibition of the final projects from the course “Info 290T. Working with Open Data.”
May 7 & 9, 2013 - “Information Visualization Showcase“
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
210 South Hall
The final project exhibition from Info 247: Information Visualization and Presentation. Student teams have created new and compelling interactive visualizations to enhance comprehension and analysis of structured information. The presentations are as visually interesting as they are informative.
May 10, 2013 - “Innovation and Information: Gallery & Presentation”
9:30 am - 11:30 am
210 South Hall
Innovation and Information teaches students processes and tools for innovative leadership in the face of “wicked problems.” The teams in the class have embarked on seven semester-long projects about a wide variety of issues ranging from the UX of vending machines, to quality of education in poor regions, to encouraging and enabling people to cook more at home with healthy ingredients, and more. The gallery will feature apps, physical prototypes, UI prototypes, and more. Each team will demonstrate both their innovation process and their outcomes.
SAVE THE DATE!
May 16, 2013 - “MIMS Final Project Showcase.” Details to follow!
Department of Linguistics Colloquium
Monday April 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Prof. Geoffrey Nunberg
School of Information
How do derogative words come by their capacity to convey disparagement and their expressive power to display emotion and inflict injury? In recent years, a lot of people have come at these questions from the points of view of philosophy of language, ethics, and linguistics, sometimes with different agendas but always under the assumption that derogatives have certain idiosyncratic properties that call for specialized semantic features or mechanisms. I’ll argue for a minimalist position: derogatives are ordinary vanilla descriptions, semantically indistinguishable from their neutral or default equivalents. All of their expressive effects arise from their association with discourses or communities that are viewed as holding disparaging views of their referents (like other terms that convey approbation and other attitudes). In a nutshell, racists don’t use slurs because they’re derogative; rather they’re derogative because they’re the words that racists use. The larger point: the lexicon is a sociolinguistic construction, assembled out of the cross-cutting and complementary conventions of a number of different communities and discourses.
The annual California Cognitive Science Conference, hosted by Cal’s very own Cognitive Science Students Association (CSSA) is next Saturday, May 4th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Stanley Hall. CSSA is ending ticket sales on Sunday night, April 28th, so if you are interested get your tickets fast!
Here’s some more info from CSSA:
“The Cognitive Science Student Association cordially invites you and your colleagues to the fifth annual California Cognitive Science Conference on May 4th 2013, at the beautiful UC Berkeley campus. This year, we are excited to explore “Learning and Memory: The Enlightened Mind,” through the lens of Artificial Intelligence, Developmental Psychology, Neurobiology, Cognitive Linguistics, Education, and Philosophy of Mind. Our renowned speakers are listed below.
You can look forward to a full day of thought-provoking talks, dynamic discussions, hands-on workshops, and professional catering. The California Cognitive Science Conference sells out every year, so don’t wait till it’s too late. We’ll be closing registration Sunday, 4/28/13, so register today!
David Ferrucci, Director of IBM “Watson” Project
Todd Sacktor, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Tyler Burge, Professor of Philosophy, UCLA
Victor Diaz, Founder, REALM Charter School
Arne Ekstrom, Professor of Neuroscience, UC Davis
Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
William Jagust, Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience, UC Berkeley
Terry Regier, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley
You can find more information and register for the conference at cogscicon.berkeley.edu
Remember to register today! We look forward to seeing you in May!”