Bonding with Bots | Future of Human-Robot Interaction – Laser Fall 2016 PRE EVENT

 LASER, the Leonardo Art-Science Evening Rendezvous, is an exciting event series at the intersection of arts and sciences that brings together leading experts to talk about their work and experiences at the forefront of discovery and creativity. Each season, the evening event has a powerful theme addressing issues of importance on both local and global scales and includes presenters from the sciences, technology, industry, and the arts.

The LASER evening includes two exciting events in one night!

The LASER ROUNDTABLES will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a dialogue forum led by student leaders, professors, and professionals in art, science, industry, and academia. students and attendees Please encourage your students to attend.

The LASER EVENING SPEAKERS will begin at 6:15 p.m. We have gathered North Texas artists and scientists in the field of robotics for an exciting evening with speakers engaging audience participation.


Julienne Greer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Social Robotics and Performance at the University of Texas at Arlington and a multi-disciplinary scholar artist who produces, directs, performs and writes in the theatre, robotics, cinema, humanities, and game studies disciplines. In 2014, Greer presented her paper, “Building emotional authenticity between humans and robots” at the International Conference for Social Robotics in Sydney, Australia.

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Ray Baughman is a Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and current director of the NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2008, Baughman was ranked one of the top 100 high-impact materials scientist by Thomson Reuters and continues to grow with 76 U.S. patents and over 400 publications.

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Ira Greenberg is the director of the Center of Creative Computation and professor of computer science and engineering at Southern Methodist University. He wrote the first major language reference on the Processing programming language, Processing: Creative Coding and Computational Art, (Berkeley, CA: friends of ED, 2007). Greenberg holds a B.F.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Marco Buongiorno Nardelli is a computational materials physicist, a composer, flutist and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Physics, a founding member of the AFLOW Consortium and a Parma Recordings artist.

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Kate Colin, Assistant Professor of Core Drawing, UNT

Spencer Keralis, Research Associate Professor UNT, Digital Humanities Coordinator

Laura Evans, Assistant Professor, Art Education & Art History UNT



LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST‘s international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.

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Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) “fosters collaborative explorations both nationally and internationally by facilitating interdisciplinary projects and documenting and disseminating information about interdisciplinary practice.”

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