The worlds of art and science overlap nearly seamlessly for Steve DiPaola, a professor in SFU's School of Interactive Arts and Technology.

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Fifty years of research and innovation at SFU: putting the "art" in artificial intelligence

October 28, 2016
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The "great leap forward" evolutionary theory says humans' cognitive ability experienced a boom approximately 50,000 years ago, making tremendous leaps in technological ingenuity, social savvy and artistic creativity. 

Steve DiPaola, a professor in SFU's School of Interactive Arts and Technology, has been studying these cognitive traits for almost three decades. He hopes to incorporate close approximations of these traits into 2D, 3D and virtual reality software tools.

To do this, DiPaola leads the Interactive Visualization Lab, a team of computer science-oriented artists, programmers, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. By melding research on biological, cognitive and behavioural traits, they are strivomg to create computational systems that reflect human facial expressions, body gestures, emotions, behaviours and creativity.