Professor and PhD Student Advance Anticipatory Research
UT Dallas Professor Mihai Nadin continues to advance the emerging and significant field of anticipatory studies with the publication of two new volumes in the highly respected Springer Cognitive Systems Monograph Series:
Learning from the Past. Early Soviet/Russian contributions to a science of anticipation. Cognitive Science Monographs. Cham, CH: Springer. 2015
Anticipation Across Disciplines, Cognitive Science Monographs. Cham CH: Springer. 2015
The work of Nadin and an international cadre of researches is joined in Anticipation Across Disciplines by UTD PhD student Asma Naz with her paper, Design of an Interactive Living Space: Anticipations of Spatial Articulation in Computer-Mediated Human-Space Interaction.
This paper proposes design possibilities of an interactively modifiable space intended to support the lifestyle of neo-nomads. The design combines embedded computing technology with traditional architectural space-making techniques. It constitutes of a single interactive space that constantly articulates itself to produce a variety of aesthetic and emotive spatial qualities.
The integration of the virtual in the architecture for the neo-nomads (the guys who make the Silicon Valley the most exciting place on earth!) is creative and quite unique.
About Anticipatory Research at UT Dallas
With the recruitment of Dr. Mihai Nadin in 2004, the antÉ—Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems (aIRAS) continued its activity at the University of Texas at Dallas. The website www.anteinstitute.org provides details regarding the Institute’s goals, membership, activities, and accomplishments. Since the beginning of its activities, the following accomplishments are on record:
The AnticipationScope™: The first known applied method for quantifying anticipatory characteristics. Conceived by Dr. Nadin and implemented with the collaboration of ATEC’s Motion Capture Lab and faculty members from Computer Science and the School for Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Data generated in the AnticipationScope has supported 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals, three Masters degree projects, one PhD at UT Dallas and one in Europe. Two additional PhD projects are in progress.
Dedicated to the study of aging and how it affects anticipatory performance. Experiments were carried out, with IRB approval, with over 150 subjects to date (age between 6 years old and 94 years old). Of particular interest was the visit of Germaine Acogny (“The mother of African Dance”). She performed her traditional program (in which almost everyone in her village in Senegal participates). The movements were captured in the AnticipationScope. These served as a movement prototype for the elaboration of a game, Amazing Grace. The game was entered in an international competition and internationally reported.
Play’s the Thing: A Wager on Healthy Aging, a study inspired by this experience, was published in 2010 in Serious Game Design and Development
Members of the Olympic Gymnastics team were tested in the AnticipationScope. Work on defining their Anticipatory Profile™ led to several publications, including “Anticipation – The Underlying Science of Sport. Report on Research Progress”.
In 2008, Dr. Nadin organized a special session on Anticipation and Risk Assessment within the framework of the conference Decision-Making Under Uncertainty (organized by Professor Alain Bensoussan, School of Management). Based on this session, a special issue of the journal Risk and Decision Analysis (www.nadin.ws/archives/1149 and www.nadin.ws/archives/958) was published.
The special issue dedicated to anticipation of the International Journal of General Systems (IJGS) provided an annotated reference bibliography on anticipation. The introductory article, Anticipation and Dynamics, was named IJGS Best Article of the Year 2010 by Taylor and Backwell Publishers. A second special issue of the IJGS (2015) was dedicated to the early contributions to a science of anticipation by scientists from Russia/USSR.
In collaboration with the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, the Anticipation Across Disciplines Study Group was established in 2012. In this framework, three international conferences took place from 2014-2015. In writing to the participants, Dr. David Daniel (at that time UTD President) stated, “I am very proud that the Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems at UT Dallas was able to play a vital role in bringing together such an esteemed international community. Generous funding from the Thyssen Foundation, German Science Foundation, and from the European Science Network is gratefully acknowledged and serves as an expression of the significance of the subject.” In this spirit, Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, President ad interim, provided assistance related to publication and the Institute’s continued international activity. (Conference details can be viewed at www.anteinstitute.org and www.nadin.ws/ante-study )
Faculty members of the UT system and from Texas A&M were invited (Dr. Frank Dufour, Dr. B. Prabhakaran, Dr. Daniel S. Levine, Roozbeh Jafari). Asma Naz, a Ph.D. candidate at ATEC, presented a paper at the second conference. Within the second conference, Elvira Nadin, Research Associate at the Institute, organized an event, Art in Progress, focused on anticipation (an article of the same title appears in the second volume).
So far, two volumes have been published:
Learning from the Past. Early Soviet/Russian contributions to a science of anticipation. Cognitive Science Monographs, Vol. 25 (508 pp.). Cham, CH: Springer www.springer.com/fr/book/9783319194455)
Anticipation Across Disciplines. Cognitive Science Monographs, Vol. 26 (373 pp.). Cham, CH: Springer (www.springer.com/fr/book/9783319225982)
The third volume, Anticipation and Medicine, will appear in 2016.
Funds from the Thyssen Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German National Science Foundation), the Metropole, as well as by the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, the antÉ Institute, and UT Dallas supported the conferences and publications.
The Institute provides data regarding anticipation to researchers world-wide, and supports new initiatives in education. In October 2015, Dr. Nadin met with faculty members at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg to discuss the focus on Anticipation in Cognitive, Literary, and Cultural Studies. A keynote address was delivered at the conference Modern Trends in the Neuroscience of the Human Brain, N.P. Bekhtereva Institute for the Human Brain of the Russian Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia; see http://www.nadin.ws/archives/2652), as well as at the Summer School in Semiotics at Tartu University (Estonia; see http://www.nadin.ws/archives/2627).
Further contacts are in progress: the UNESCO Chair in Anticipation Studies, and a newly established graduate program, Anticipation in Engineering, at the University of Reading (England).
Currently, the focus is on experimental work in association with Duke University, in support of Asma Naz’s research focused on creating a new architecture for the “neo-nomads.” In keeping with the belief that medical practice is the best testing ground for anticipation, the Institute is also researching issues of Anticipation and Medicine (in collaboration with the Bemer Group, https://deutschland.bemergroup.com/de). In parallel, predictive and anticipatory computing forms another concrete objective of the Institute’s.
The Institute maintains a vast international network of leading scientists. It also actively draws the attention of the Texas government to the significance of anticipation for the economy, environment, education, social policies, among other areas.