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SIAT scores at D.C. conference

July 26, 2007

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School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) faculty and students were a significant presence at the annual Creativity and Cognition conference in Washington, D.C.

Thecla Schiphorst, an associate professor with SIAT, was one of the conference’s two keynote speakers. Her talk, Really, Really Small: the Palpability of the Invisible, focussed on her research in embodied design and embodied engineering, such as smart clothing incorporating flexible electronic circuits.

SIAT professor Ron Wakkary and recent grad Leah Maestri (above) were awarded one of two best-paper prizes for their article The Resourcefulness of Everyday Design. And graduate students Alex Ivanov and Cheryl Qian were accepted to the conference’s highly competitive Graduate Student Symposium.

SIAT, says Wakkary, is known for its research into the interaction between culture, computation and design. "The conference is a natural venue for SIAT research, with a focus on computing, art, design and cognition."

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