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Science, Technology, and Society

Special Topics in Science, Technology, and Society
Intersections: Blindness, Robotics, Art, Culture
John Durant, Director, MIT Museum and Historical Collections, Allan Doyle, Co-Director, MIT Museum Lab; Technology Directo, Seth Riskin, Co-Director, MIT Museum Lab; Manager, Holograph, Elizabeth Goldring, Researcher, Art, Culture and Technology
Tue, Thu, Jan 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 10:30am-05:00pm, MIT Museum, Lunch provided

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 03-Jan-2011
Limited to 12 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Level: U 6 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit   

For students who wish to pursue special studies or projects with a member of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.
The "Eye-robot" SU was designed and built by the MIT CAVS Vision Group and is a protagonist in an upcoming MIT collaboration with renowned theatre director, Robert Wilson. This class will improve SU and prototype a robot guide for people who have no sight. Both robots are intended to serve as guides for the fully-sighted, employing artistic and technological solutions to improve awareness, understanding and communication between sighted worlds and worlds of blindness and vision impairment.

Class includes hands-on workshops to feature designs and working models for a robot guide. Presentations on low vision and blindness (sensory perception, machine vision, product design, technologies & cultural misunderstandings).

Oriented to students from different backgrounds such as theatre, art, architecture, BCS, MechE & EECS. No experience in art or theater required; only willingness to explore art/engineering collaboration and new ways of applying technologies.

To enter lottery, email Seth Riskin.
Contact: Seth Riskin, N52-MUSEUM, riskin@MIT.EDU

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