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Moving Towards Learning: Understanding Kinesthetic Learning and its implications on Communication and Media

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33, 3:00 PM

The benefits of movement (kinesthetics) on learning performance has been a long drawn debate in the learning sciences and HCI communities. Although there is much anecdotal evidence in the use of kinesthetic learning approaches to improve learning performance, there is also much circumstantial evidence arguing the contrary. In order to make progress in uncovering the vast potential of kinesthetic facilitation approaches for enhancing learning performance, many challenges must be overcome. In this talk, Dr. Weiquan Lu will identify three challenges in the study of kinesthetic learning. He will detail the efforts made in tackling these challenges, introducing the methodologies, communication methods and new media technologies used to isolate and study learning processes.

Weiquan Lu is a research fellow at the Keio-NUS CUTE Center, NUS, where he leads the Augmented Learning Group. He currently holds a Ph.D from the faculty of Engineering and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Computing, NUS. Weiquan’s work has been published in many top-tier venues, such as the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and the International Symposium in Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR). His work has also been showcased in the Art Science Museum. Weiquan is a resident partner of the Science Centre Singapore and ITE College Central. His research pursuits include perceptual issues in Virtual and Augmented Reality, learning support systems, as well as mobile and wearable computing.

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February 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm

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Spatial Cognition and Interaction Design

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Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 4pm-5pm

CNM Playroom, AS6, #03-38

In this research seminar on Spatial Cognition and Interaction, Jean-Ambroise Vesac will present new perspectives on interaction design for spatial (cognition) exploration based on the examination of new media art projects involving mobility, soundscape and 3D simulation. In this talk, beyond the creative possibilities of new media, interactive communication will be considered in relation to the proprioception sense. Proprioception notion is not limited to self-body awareness, but it can be extended to “being here” experience (de Kerckhove, 1993), up to the experience of togetherness. In the meantime, the potential for mediation of new media will be exemplified. Finally, this seminar will conclude by asserting the need for a paradigm shift to embrace human and non-human agent engagement in interactive new media : machinic subjectivity.

Jean-Ambroise Vesac is a new media artist. His practice includes audio-visual performance, interactive & immersive installation and small robotic. His art work explores the boundary between mixed realities, machines and human’s empathy to built aesthetics’ experiences. Jean’s interactive installation uses body movements and gesture to engage the participant attention and as an invitation to a reflexive action, where human and non-human agency interleaves. Presently, his research-creation explores communication interaction design in the context of situated simulation. Situated simulation belong to mixed reality by “combining the real and the virtual” on a geographic situation (Gunnar Liestol, 2009). He designs and develops a mobile interactive virtual environment for create and study the experience of togetherness.

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February 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm

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Industry Visits by CNM Society

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Industry trips expose students to real work atmospheres and provide them with the opportunity to relate their theoretical knowledge to applied aspect of the modules they have studied. Through these visits, students receive an insight on daily routines and work cultures of various companies, get a chance to connect with industry professionals and have an idea about what life after university is like. In this respect, CNM Industry Visits give students a glimpse of the work life that they may experience after graduation. This semester’s trip will be from February 23 to February 25 to the following companies:

Waggener Edstrom is one of the world’s largest PR and marketing agency that prides itself as stewards of bold ideas. Its previous clients include Microsoft Windows, Qatar Airways and Skype. Visit http://waggeneredstrom.com for more information.

Fixx is a local design company that seeks to combine enhanced user experience and creative design together in its visually polished yet functional works. Previous clients include Singtel, DBS Bank Ltd, and Esplanade. Visit http://fixx.sg for more information.

Gushcloud specialises in the up-and-coming solution to digital marketing: influencer marketing. With more than 10,000 influencers under its brand, Gushcloud has worked for well-known clients such as Coca-Cola, Citibank, and Zalora. Visit http://gushcloud.com for more information.

Minitheory is a digital design studio that excels in delivering intuitively designed web-based products as well as mobile softwares to make life easier with technology. Former clients include Creative Technology, SkinnyMint and Bellabox. Visit http://minitheory for more information.industryvisitsbanner

Further information on CNM 2015, Semester II Industry visit and the schedule can be received from the following link: www.bit.ly/cnmvisits2015 

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February 12, 2015 at 10:21 pm

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Meet our 2015 Class Champions and Ambassadors

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NUS has a long history of giving. This long history has been created with successful giving initiatives ranging from funding of the opening of a medical school in 1905 to student and alumni funded scholarships, and financial, expertise related, and/or personal support based aids to NUS students, community and Institutions.

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Undoubtedly, Class Champions and Ambassadors are indispensible components of the giving culture. CNM’s Class Champion and Ambassadors for the Class of 2015 are Lee Kai Shun, Grace Leong, Loh Sze Ming and Louis Puah. Sze Ming, Louis and Kai Shun shared their motivation for being Class Champions and Ambassadors, and importance of their appointment with the CNM Blog:

Can you introduce yourselves?

Kai Shun: I’m Kai Shun, Year 4 FASS CNM major

Sze Ming: Louis and I are on our 4th year as well. I am planning to do further studies in Humanieties, hopefully overseas. My fascination with the power of the words was what got me to major in CNM. After taking Dr. Ingrid’s class, NM4204 Ethical Issues of Emergent Tehcnology, I developed a special interest in humanities.

Louis: Initially, I joined CNM to learn game design. I felt that games had a way of introducing fun into peoples’ daily lives. Along the way, I did human centric design, which made me change my perspective. User centric design serves the same purpose of making peoples lives more delightful and less tedious. I am now working on starting a company, which uses user centric design to rethink education.

What made you decide to become a Class Champion and Ambassador?

Kai Sun: Firstly, I was nominated. Not sure by which lecturer/professor but yeah, I’m still thankful for this great opportunity to showcase CNM and myself despite the added responsibility.

Sze Ming: After being nominated by the department, we decided to accept the title to be able to give back to the CNM department, which supported us through our journey here at NUS. I was more interested in the Class Champions side of the appointment as I believe education should be accessible to all and not limited by financial constraints. I was struck by how many of my peers were held back by financial burden.

Louis: Personally, I like the Class Ambassador aspect of the responsibility. I enjoy connecting with people in the major and/or industry. This also allows me to learn how the industry works. As we are fundraising with the graduating batch, the people we meet and work with as fellow Class Champions will eventually become contacts that are useful when we become Class Ambassadors upon graduation. Also, our contact with past Class Ambassadors will help us build a stronger network. Through our responsibility as Class Ambassadors, we would be able to keep in contact with our graduating batch, know their positions in the industry and see how they can be of help to CNM and NUS.

What is the importance of being a Class Champion and Ambassador?

Kai Shun: First and foremost, I think bringing people together is of utmost essence, especially after graduation. Everybody may be talking to each other now but as time goes by, we know that each of us will be busy with our own commitment and will thus have lesser time for each other. This might even mean that most of us won’t be talking to one another. Being a class champion cum ambassador, I believe that if you don’t get the conversation going continuously, it will die off and I, for sure, will try my best to not let that happen. Be it in bringing people together after graduation or getting them to pledge in unity towards a greater cause, we know that as long as we come together and bond, we’ll always be there for each other. I want this to be a class of remembrance of 2015 and not the lost souls of class 2015. That said, I’m pretty certain that the legacy of CNM Class of 2015 will live on even after we graduate.

Sze Ming: By taking this responsibility we are helping CNM build towards a stronger identity. As Class Champions and Ambassadors we are just catalysts. Indeed, all graduating students are Class Champions and Ambassadors in their own right. They have a share in the responsibility of keeping in touch, and giving back to their Alma-mater.

Louis: It is never enough. Regarding the Ambassador part, I am hoping that we can bring the theoretical experience we received at CNM to the real life of the industry. Likewise, I am hoping that after we graduate and receive industry experience, we can share our industry experience with junior students at CNM so that they are more prepared for the working world. Also, a lot of our students find it hard to get internships. By being ambassadors, we can connect our graduating batch with the industry and create more opportunities with them, for them. Although we were tasked with fund raising, the main idea is to give back to the school and help future students. The more important part we hope to achieve is to encourage graduating students to give back. Not only financially, but to lead them to think about how they can give back to new students through other ways as they go on in their careers.

 

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February 12, 2015 at 9:45 pm

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The Turn to Networked Individualism

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Friday, 13 February 2015, 5-6pm

Lecture Theatre 12, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, NUS

Prof. Barry Wellman, Lim Chong Yah Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media, will be giving a lecture on “The Turn to Networked Individualism” tomorrow, 13 February 2015, 5-6pm. To register for the lecture, please send an email to fastya@nus.edu.sg.

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February 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm

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Who Will Control Your Internet? A Discussion with Fadi Chehadé, CEO of ICANN

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Wednesday, 11 February, 2015, 16:00-17:30

Lecture Theatre 52, University Town

The next generation of Internet users plays a critical role in deciding the future of online communication. It’s extremely important that we all understand how to get involved, voice opinions, and play a role in the future of the Internet.

That’s why we’re very excited to announce a special event featuring Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). This is your chance to ask a tough question, learn about how the Internet is changing, and identify how you can get more involved.

In addition to the special event, you are invited to attend the free ICANN meeting taking place in Singapore on 8-12 February 2015. More information is at http://singapore52.icann.org/en/.

 

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February 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

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Situating Digital Interactivity: Explorations on Place and Embodiment in Interaction Design

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Tuesday, 17 February, 2015, 3:00 PM

CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33

Marshall McLuhan once theorised technologies of electronic mediation as extensions of human beings’ corporeal reach, expanding the anthropologically defined limits of perception, control and interaction into greater distances and novel modalities. In contemporary environments, digital interaction acts more and more as the central form of conduit, the main interface of mediation, between two sensory spheres: the human and the spatial. Given these developments it becomes critical to understand new media through a phenomenologically-grounded framework that considers sensory-motor interaction, embodiment and sense of place. Within this broader philosophical agenda, Dr. Gokce Kinayoglu’s talk will focus on two specific research projects. The first is an Audio-Augmented Reality experiment that was done at the UC Berkeley Campus with the aim of analysing the influences of soundscape on environmental evaluations. The second one is the user-experience research carried out at the Hybridlab, which led to the creation of the embodied design interface and virtual environment Hyve-3D.

Gokce Kinayoglu is an architect, educator and interaction designer studying the influence of immersive and mobile interfaces, embodiment and multisensory perception pertaining to the experience and design of urban and architectural environments. He is the co-founder and creative director of the Montreal based Design Media Research Lab. He holds a PhD in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in New Media (2009). His doctoral research has focused on soundscapes and the study of embodied multi-sensory environmental perception in real virtual and augmented environments. He has taught as an adjunct professor in Interior Architecture and Digital+Media departments at Rhode Island School of Design. In 2012 he joined Hybridlab, a research group at the School of Design at the University of Montreal where he contributed to the conception and development of Hyve-3D (Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D), a room-size collaborative 3D Virtual Environment for architectural and industrial design.

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February 10, 2015 at 8:49 am

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Presentation of “Music the Dead Can Hear:” Theosophical Presences in Luigi Russolo’s Art of Noises

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 11am-12pm

CNM Playroom, #AS6, 03-38

Luciano Chessa will be presenting his piece entitled ““Music the Dead Can Hear:” Theosophical Presences in Luigi Russolo’s Art of Noises” on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at CNM Playroom. Chessa draws attention to the recent increae in interest in the work of the Italian Futurist painter, composer, and builder of musical instruments, Luigi Russolo (1885-1947).  According to him, as the author of the first systematic aesthetics of noise and the alleged creator of the first mechanical sound synthesizer (he first built it in 1913 and called it intonarumori), Russolo is coming to be regarded as a crucial figure in the evolution of twentieth-century music. Luciano Chessa, in “Music the Dead Can Hear”, demonstrates that Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater’s theory of “Thought Forms” was the foundation upon which Russolo erected his Art of Noises. He also shows that both Russolo’s noise aesthetics and its practical manifestation—the intonarumori—were for him and his Futurist associates elements of a multi-leveled experiment to reach higher states of spiritual consciousness. He carries this new critical reading further by uncovering and systematically describing the occult plan of the Art of Noises. This view is supported by a variety of documents that have largely fallen under the radar of Futurism scholars. Chief among these is the coeval occult interpretation of the Art of Noises as presented by the Futurist writer Paolo Buzzi in a poem, in a wartime account and, rather disturbingly, in an obscure novel featuring none other than Luigi Russolo as the metempsychotic, biomechanical protagonist.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALuciano Chessa is the author of Luigi Russolo, Futurist:Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult, which is the first monograph ever to be dedicated to the Futurist Russolo and his Art of Nois. Chessa’s Futurist expertise has resulted in an invitation by the New York-based Biennial of the Arts PERFORMA to direct the first reconstruction project of Russolo’s earliest intonarumori orchestra, and to curate concerts of music specifically commissioned for this project. As a composer, conductor, pianist, and musical saw/Vietnamese dan bau soloist, Luciano Chessa has been active in Europe, the U.S., Australia, and South America. Additionally, he has been performing futurist sound poetry for well over 10 years.
 Luciano Chessa holds a D.M.A. in Piano performance and a M.A. in Composition from the G.B. Martini Conservatory of Music in Bologna, Italy; a M.A. magna cum laude in History of Medieval Music from the University of Bologna; and a Ph.D. in Musicology and Music Criticism from the University of California at Davis.

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February 9, 2015 at 12:42 pm

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Random Blends 2015 is accepting submissions until February 13, 2015

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Open Call

Random Blends 2015  is accepting submissions from all CNM students and graduates who wish to showcase their work at the exhibition from 4th April, Saturday to 6th April, Monday at the Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum.

All forms of student works – personal or group works (eg. short films, photographs, interactive art, etc) are welcomed! Last year’s projects can be accessed from the following link: http://www.facebook.com/randomblends

Selected works will stand a chance to win attractive prizes!

About Random Blends 2015

Random Blends is the annual exhibition organized by students from the Department of Communications and New Media in NUS, which aims to showcase interdisciplinary and interactive students works.

This year’s theme is Inter(_____) **pronounced interspace** which seeks to explore the possibilities of meaning making and participation. The blank invites you to interpret and express your experience with this exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to experience the exhibits through their own lens, elicit their own interpretations and meanings. In conjunction with the NUS 110th and SG50 anniversary, Inter(_____) exemplifies interdisciplinary and interactive student works at the confluence of Art, Science and Technology.

Submission Requirements/Criteria are as follows:

1) Participant(s) MUST be a CNM student or graduate

2) For group submission, at least one group member must be a CNM student or graduate

3) Participant MUST be able to attend the Saturday Opening on April 4th AND Sunday Showcase on April 5th, 2015 at MBS, ArtScience Museum

Submissions can be made through the following link: http://www.tinyurl.com/RB15-OPENCALL

For enquiries and further information you send a mail to the following address: cnm.randomblends@gmail.com

Submission deadline is Friday, February 13, 2015, 5pm.

 

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February 4, 2015 at 8:49 am

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Presentation of Lifepatch: DIY and hacker & maker culture in Indonesia

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 3.00-4.00pm

CNM Playroom, AS6, #03-33

In this talk, Agus Tri Budiarto will inform us on the do it yourself (DIY) and hacker & maker culture in Indonesia and talk about his recent art – science projects created along with other members of Lifepatch collective. Lifepatch: citizen initiative in art, science and technology is a community-based organization that focuses on public education through the use of technology in art-science practice. The collective follows the cultural spirit of DIY and DIWO (Do It With Others) ethos, and regularly invites public to collaborate on communal projects that maximize the functionality of technology in order to support the local cultural development. Within this spirit, Lifepatch aims to stimulate the emergence of new patterns of creative public cooperation in diverse fields of knowledge. You can acquire further information on Lifepatch from the following link: http://lifepatch.org/Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 11.34.54 am

Agus Tri Budiarto is a biohacking enthusiast, backyard wine producer, cofounder of lifepatch.org, contributor at hackteria.org and initiate experimental food, space and laboratory Sewon FoodLab. He has a chemical engineering degree from University of National Development Veteran (UPN-Veteran). He has been active with local community practices of Yogyakarta since 2003, focusing his activities as a citizen scientist concerning local ecology issues and biopunk movements. One of his researches is on the use of owls as natural predators of pest rodents in rice farming. He is the original co-creator of IB:SC, an art and science collaboration project on safe wince fermentation method carried in partnership with Microbiology Department UGM, which received the Transmediale awards in 2011.

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February 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm

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