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)




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.

    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.
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