Rutgers University–Camden will once again become the central hub for interactive, online and in-person discussions with leaders in the field of art and technology as it presents the SkypeOnArt Fall 2017 lecture series from September 25 to November 20. 

The lectures, which are free and open to the general public, will be held, during lunch period, in the ModLab, Fine Arts Rm # 215, located in the Fine Arts Complex, on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.  

Monday, September 25, Computer Vision – Leigh M. Smith  
Leigh M. Smith and Jordan Yerman are co-authors of the Street Cat Photo Booth. The art work has entailed designing autonomous feline-scale shelter spaces that utilize computer vision to identify and then photograph stray cats in dense urban centers. Utilizing movable, cat-scaled, spaces, the pair has installed feline photo booths in urban centers all over the world. Come find out how this artwork is empowering street cats to take selfies and learning about the power of machine vision. More information on the  

Street Cat Photo Booth and photos from the project can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/streetcatphotobooth/ 

Monday, October 16, Biology and Sound – Leslie Garcia 
Leslie Garcia is an artist and researcher who works in the fields of sound prosthesis. Based on the principle of biofeedback, sound prosthesis focuses on obtaining data on various physiological functions of an organic body.  As a researcher, Garcia designs instruments that obtain information on the functioning and cycles of these living systems. She calls the mechanism that she creates “audible prosthesis” and creates exhibitions where transducers translate plants’ biological reactions into audible noise. In these works, symphonic-like sounds are created by simply letting dishes of moss “talk” to each other. Creators Magazine states that Garcia’s work “…will widen your perspective of your environment. Knowing that plants respond to every move you make will allow you to ponder how a blade of grass might react to you stepping on it, or how a tree responds when a gust of wind ruffles its leaves.” 

Information on Garcia’s work can be found here: http://lessnullvoid.cc/content/ 

Monday, November 13, Machine Learning – Ahmed Elgammal 
Dr. Ahmed Elgammal is director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Rutgers-NB. Dr Elgammal is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers-NB and is also a member of the Center for Computational Biomedicine Imaging and Modeling (CBIM). His primary research interest is computer vision and machine learning. His research focus includes human activity recognition, human motion analysis, tracking, human identification, and statistical methods for computer vision. He develops robust real-time algorithms to solve computer vision problems in areas such as visual surveillance, visual human-computer interaction, virtual reality, and multimedia applications. Dr. Elgammal is currently working with RU Camden Prof. Elizabeth Demary on PandoraBird, a computer vision system aimed at identifying the musical tastes of songbirds, and on the IndaPlant Project, which is an AI system that lets robotically supported potted plants freely seek sunlight and water. 

For more information on Dr. Elgammal’s work please visit the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at: https://sites.google.com/site/digihumanlab/website-builder 

Monday, November 20, Physical Computing– Orkan Telhan 
Telhan is Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Emerging Design Practices in the School of Design[1] at The University of Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT’s Department of Architecture. He was part of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and the Mobile Experience lab Lab at the MIT Design Laboratory. He studied Media Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo and theories of media and representation, visual studies and Graphic Design at Bilkent University, Ankara.His individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in a number of venues including Ars Electronica,[2]ISEA, LABoral, ArchiLab, Architectural Association, The Architectural League of New York, and the MIT Museum.[3] 

For more information on Orkan Telhan’s work please see: http://www.orkantelhan.com/