ARS Research Colloquium: Dr. Paul Fishwick, Computing-Inspired Roles of Language and Culture in the 21st Century

Apr 24 12:00 PM ATEC 1.606

ARS Research Colloquia Series of the UT Dallas ATEC/EMAC Programs

Art Rendevous Science


Computing-Inspired Roles of Language and Culture in the 21st Century

Dr. Paul Fishwick

Distinguished Endowed Chair of Arts and Technology

Professor of Computer Science

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Noon

ATEC Conference Room, ATC 1.606


The idea of integrating science and engineering with arts and humanities is one that has been around for millennia in different forms. In the new century, there are two parallel threads which are converging: 1) the cultural inevitability of computational thinking in our daily lives, and 2) arts and humanities guided constructions for elements in science and engineering. For #1, we think differently as a result of our computing technologies: figuring out how to operate the simplest of devices is an exercise in thinking in terms familiar to computer scientists. As such, these new modes of thinking reflect new culture with languages that are not natural, but artificial. Everyone must learn principles that define this new thinking; most of the principles come from Computer Science. For #2, representations of mathematical and computing artifacts can be guided by methods and products found in the arts and humanities. These representations may enhance cognitive functions such as learning, attention, attitude, behavioral change, and memory enhancement especially for the general public.


Dr. Fishwick has six years of industry experience as a systems analyst working at Newport News Shipbuilding and at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. He has been on the faculty at the University of Florida since 1986, and is Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Programs there. His Ph.D. was in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fishwick is active in modeling and simulation, as well as in the bridge areas spanning art, science, and engineering. He pioneered the area of aesthetic computing, resulting in an MIT Press edited volume in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation, served as General Chair of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), was a WSC Titan Speaker in 2009, and has delivered over fifteen keynote addresses at international conferences. He is Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group in Simulation (SIGSIM). Dr. Fishwick has over 200 technical papers and has served on all major archival journal editorial boards related to simulation, including ACM Transactions on Modeling and Simulation (TOMACS) where he was a founding area editor of modeling methodology in 1990.

Note:  A limited number of box lunches will be available.

The ATEC/EMAC Colloquium Committee welcomes suggestions for speakers visiting the metroplex or from the metroplex. Please send your suggestions to one of the Colloquium Committee Members: Professors Roger Malina and Mihai Nadin; co-chairs: Andrew Famiglietti, Paul Fishwick, Mona Kasra and Bonnie Pitman.


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