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Guest Speaker: Lisa Soros 
Creating Creativity: Artificial Life and Evolution in Design


Wednesday, September 26th
7pm – 8:30pm

Lisa Soros is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Innovation at Champlain College whose research focuses on open-ended and generative artificial evolutionary systems.

Designers have long incorporated technology into their creative processes to help speed up mechanical tasks and make it easier to focus on designing. This talk explores the roles artificial life and evolutionary algorithms can play in the design process and also considers the ways we use technology to understand ourselves and the world around us. Special attention will be given to how we can generate creative AI, how creative AI can complement human creativity, and how we can survive in a world where intelligent tools (such as deep learning systems) could potentially generate creative works with little to no human input.

Hosted by: Generator Makerspace
Created in collaboration with UVM’s Complex Systems Center and Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media,

This event is free and open to the public
Liquid refreshments will be available 

Venue: Generator
Address: 40 Sears Lane, Burlington VT 05401

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March 28, 2018
Spread of Viruses and Ideas in the Age of Echo Chambers

Laurent Hébert-Dufresne: Assistant Professor of computer science at UVM; Member, UVM Complex Systems Center

With the advent of the new science of networks, we now know how unequal and segregated our social networks are. This lecture will introduce this new science as well as two concrete examples. In the physical world, understanding social networks changes how we fight diseases. In the virtual world, it highlights the feedback loop between the spread of new ideas and how we choose to interact; often leading to closed echo chambers and less dialogue.

Free and open to the public

Hosted by: Generator Makerspace
Sponsored by: Vermont Complex Systems Center, and City of Burlington

Venue: Generator
Address: 40 Sears Lane, Burlington VT 05401
Date/Time: Wed March 28 2018, 7:00pm EST

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February 28, 2018
Creating Autonomous Yet Safe Robots

Josh Bongard: Director, Morphology, Evolution & Computation Lab (meclab.org); Member, UVM Complex Systems Center

The robot revolution is upon us: autonomous cars are almost ready to drive our streets, and drones are almost ready to deliver packages right to our doorstep. For the first time, this will bring people into close contact with complex, autonomous machines. How do we ensure that these machines are still free to make decisions as they navigate our world but not harm people in the process? In this talk, I will describe how my research group is trying to do just this using a crowdsourcing and gaming platform called TwitchPlaysRobotics.

Free and open to the public

Hosted by: Generator Makerspace
Sponsored by: Vermont Complex Systems Center, and City of Burlington

Venue: Generator
Address: 40 Sears Lane, Burlington VT 05401
Date/Time: Wed Feb 28 2018, 7:00pm EST


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