EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series
     
   

Wednesday, January 30, 2002
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Prof. John F. Canny

EECS Professor
UC Berkeley

 
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Berkeley Institute of Design (BID)

 

Abstract:

   

Prof. Canny discusses the inspiration behind the hot new Berkeley Institute of Design (BID). As the world around us is being reshaped by I/T, we witness the evolution of the built environment into the interactive environment, whose design requires a new kind of designer. The challenge is to design complex behaviors for artifacts, and to integrate them into systems that provide a coherent experience for the individual. BID, the Berkeley Institute of Design, defines a new design discipline that spans computer science, architecture, industrial and mechanical engineering. BID includes a teaching (MS and Ph.D. degrees) and a research component. The design of the MS curriculum and BID's space (now in Hearst mining) is our first project. It is a unique opportunity to co-design a studio-based curriculum and a digitally-enhanced, adaptive research/teaching space. We are looking for more participants in planning BID and ultimately making it a reality. All EECS faculty and grad students are invited to attend and contribute feedback and suggestions on the BID project.

    Biography:
    John Canny graduated from the MIT AI Lab in 1987. His MS thesis described an edge detector that is still widely used, & his Ph.D. dissertation won the ACM award in 1987. His post-PhD work was about applying differential topology & algebra to improve the skills of robots. He has worked on manufacturing technologies, physically-based simulation, geometric modeling & computational geometry, & maintains an interest in 3D imaging & display. In 1998, he started building the Human-Centered Computing group. Current research interests are rich media for CSCW, collaborative learning, & context-aware computing.
Professor Canny is at jfc@eecs.berkeley.edu.