Transformational Lecture Series featuring Dale Mikkelson (Victoria) 10/21

October 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm (lecture)

Off-grid on a Mountain Top – UniverCity’s Journey Towards a Living Building

Dale is the manager of planning and sustainability for the UniverCity Project at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus. The UniverCity community is being developed around “Four Cornerstones of Sustainability”, including Environment, Equity, Education, and Economy.  Mikkelsen and the Trust’s team are making significant and innovative contributions toward the creation of independent and universal green building standards to ensure a high level of urban design and environmental performance.  Mikkelsen is charged with raising the bar of sustainable community planning to ensure UniverCity remains on the leading edge of energy efficiency, material conservation, healthy environments and community building. Prior to working with SFU Community Trust, he was the lead project planner for the City of Vancouver’s 2010 Athlete’s Village. He also acted as the City’s Green Building Planner.

Doors open at 5:00pm, lecture starts at 5:30pm.


Cascadia Members and students: Free

October 21, 2009  from 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm

St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria


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Dept. of CS Seminar Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments 10/7

October 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm (Uncategorized) ()

D E P A R T M E N T   O F   C O M P U T E R   S C I E N C E

Topic: Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments

Presented By: Georg Essl, Assistant Professor
From: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as Music, University of Michigan, USA
Biography: Georg Essl is Assistant Professor for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Princeton University in 2002 with Perry Cook as advisor. His thesis described banded waveguide synthesis, an efficient method to render sounds in solids that can be excited non-linearily. He was Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at the University of Florida between 2002 and 2003 working in the area of digital sound synthesis and teaching in the interdisciplinary Digital
Arts and Science program as well as in Computer Science and Information Engineering. Between 2003 and 2005 he worked as Research Scientist at MIT Medial Lab Europe in Dublin Ireland with Sile O’Modhrain on tangible and tactile user interfaces and structural problems in sound synthesis.
>From 2005 to 2009 he worked as Senior Research Scientist at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, TU-Berlin, where he helped launch the field of interactive music performance with mobile smart phones and developed new mobile interaction paradigms and technologies joint with Michael Rohs.
He has also advised the successful iPhone app startup-company Smule in its formative year.

Sponsored By: G. Tzanetakis, Assistant Professor
From: Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Date: Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room # 660

Mobile smart phones become ever more powerful and expressive in their sensor technologies. It has been an ongoing research endeavor to turn these devices into platforms for interactive musical expression. In this
talk, I will trace the history of this work from around 2005 until now and show how the evolution of technology  from early camera based interactions towards large ensemble-based mobile phone ensembles.

Announced By: Isabel Campos

Computer Science Dept., University of Victoria
Engineering/Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 504
PO Box 3055, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  CANADA    V8W 3P6

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