Computation Lectures

Feb 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
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While embodiment takes many forms, this talk will carve out a modest space for discussion as a way of illustrating a larger shift in our cultural technologies. The modest space?

Mar 17, 2017 - 5:00pm
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Sensing space – the world around us and our position in it – is one of the most important jobs the brain faces.  Spatial information derives from many sources – vision, hearing, balance, touch, proprioception, movement and memory – and these systems must coordinate with each other to synthesize our spatial knowledge.  I will describe some of the computations that are essential to knitting together visual and auditory information, which requires not only coordination across different reference frames but also different formats for encoding information (akin to digital vs.

Apr 28, 2017 - 5:00pm
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This presentation argues that the digitization, proliferation, and mobility of contemporary screens has transformed what was once a "screen-scape" to an all-encompassing "screen-sphere"—a new topologically-bounded, systemically-organized, and n-dimensional domain that has not only radically changed our lifeworld but also our ontological existence, behavior, and spatiotemporal orientation within it. My argument proceeds in three parts that correspond to the three stages of phenomenological method: description, reduction (or thematization), and interpretation.