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November 24, 2006



CELL –An Interdisciplinary Investigation

THURSDAY CLUB with MARK D'INVERNO :: Thursday November 30, 6-8pm in the Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Corss, SE14 6NW :: FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME.

CELL –An Interdisciplinary Investigation Into Adult Stem Cell Behaviour :: The CELL project was an interdisciplinary collaboration over 4 years that included an artist, a stem cell researcher, a curator, an ALife programmer and a mathematician. It employed a range of approaches to investigate stem cell behaviour. This included agent-based models; simulations and visualisations to model stem cell organisation in silico as well as art installations, which reflected on how different disciplines use representations and data visualisation.

The impact on all members of the team was very significant and it motivated Mark d’Inverno along with the artist Jane Prophet to set up an interdisciplinary research cluster (funded jointly by both the science council and the arts council in the UK) to further investigate the potential of interdisciplinary collaborative research in general.

In this talk I will reflect on my experience of this process of interdisciplinary collaboration and attempt to lay down some ideas relating to the minimal conditions that need to be in place for it to flourish, as well as enumerate some of the major obstacles.

Mark d'Inverno is Professor of Computer Science since 2001. In 2006 he took up a Chair at Goldsmiths College, University of London, principally to continue his investigations into interdisciplinary work. He has been interested in formal, principled approaches to modeling both natural and artificial systems in a computational setting. The main strand to this research, focuses on the application of formal methods in providing models of intelligent agent and multi-agent systems. This work encompasses many aspects of agent cognition and agent society including action, perception, deliberation, communication, negotiation and social norms. In recent years, ideas from both formal modeling and agent-based design, have been applied in a more practical and interdisciplinary settings such as biological modeling, computer-generated music, art and design.

For more information on the Thursday Club check
http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/gds/events.php or email maria x: drp01mc[at]gold.ac.uk

Posted by jo at November 24, 2006 03:42 PM