University of Michigan: Cyber Infrastructure

November 30, 2011
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The Umich CI Days is an annual conference at the University of Michigan that brings together different disciplines to discuss the current and future work of research related to Cyber Infrastructure.  This year I was lucky enough to present in the poster conference and participate in some great meetings and lectures.  I was part of two separate poster presentations.  One was of my current research of Human Movement Visualization and the other was dealing with Sun Tracking systems for blinds.  I was the PI for the Human movement poster and secondary author for the sun trackers.

My poster on Human Movement was awarded the Peoples Choice Award.  It was great to discuss my research with a large community and the feedback I got was amazing.  The CI Days conference introduced me to many great people, some who have helped me after the conference.  Below are the images of the posters and a link to a pdf of the poster.

I was responsible for the grasshopper script that used an algorithm to track the sun.  As multiple systems required different configurations I made a few scripts that would calculate the sun trackers in different ways.

Human Movement:

Sun Tracking:

Besides for the poster conference itself, I am truly impressed by the work being done with CI at Michigan. I met Dr. Sharon Broude Geva, Associate Director for Academic Community Engagement.  Sharon is a very impressive person on a mission to help the community at michigan understand and utilize the vision of CI..  I spoke with Sharon about the Arts and how to incorporate CI within the discipline.  As it seems to me, the Arts are already utilizing Cyber Infrastructure, and some of the work done in the Art school could already be considered research.  The problem now is that Cyber Infrastructure is a loaded term that may scare some artists.  The reality is, the artists working with arduinos trying to network sensors together are already doing CI research.  The next step is to inform these people of the community and network available.  This community would benefit many of the unique attributes of a fine art education, including the ability to create working, fast prototypes.

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