iARTA cluster presents robotocist Simon Penny

Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts

The College of Visual Art and Design in collaboration with the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) research cluster will host a lecture presentation by Simon Penny, Professor of Arts and Engineering at University of California Irvine. The event takes place Tues., March 26 at 4PM in CVAD (Art Building) RM 223. Professor Penny, a renowned robotocist and arts and technology expert, will join iARTA's esteemed advisory board.

Excerpted Bio for Simon Penny

Penny was appointed Professor of Arts and Engineering at University of California Irvine (a specially-created joint appointment between the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Claire Trevor School of Arts) in 2001 (with an appointment also in Information and Computer Science). He was architect and founding director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in Arts, Computation and Engineering, established 2003 (ACE, see www.ace.uci.edu). Over 2001-4 he was Layer Leader for the Arts in the California Institute for Telecommunications and information Technology, UCI division. He is ‘humanist at large’ for the University of California Council on Research.

He was Associate Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University (a joint appointment between the College of Fine Arts and the Robotics Institute); 1993-2001. During 2000-01 he was European Professor of Interactive Environments at the University of Portsmouth and the Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, and a member of the central committee of the EU ESPRIT project CIRCUS. He established the Electronic Intermedia Program at the University of Florida 1989-93. Prior to his arrival in the US, he held a range of academic positions in Australia. He is a guest professor for the Interdisciplinary Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (CSIM), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2008, and 2009.