Ahmanson Lab Special Events and Series


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    Immersive Technologies and Cultural Heritage Symposium

    September 22-23, 2023

    This symposium will bring together humanities researchers working with immersive technologies to showcase innovative projects, engage in feedback, and build community. The sessions will elucidate benefits of working at the intersection of digital technologies and the liberal arts.
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    Seeing the Future of the Urban Past with XR Technologies

    Thursday, April 11, 2024

    This event will feature a panel discussion exploring housing justice in Los Angeles as well as a digital exhibition that will include a VR experience of a residential hotel at 240 South Figueroa on Bunker Hill from the late 1930s.
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    Artificial Intelligence & Art Competition

    October 19, 2022

    As a way to showcase the artistic elements of prompt composition, players will compete in consecutive rounds, attempting to craft and alter prompts that build off of, and respond to, their opponents ideas while generating appealing, interesting, and engaging images.
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    Technology, Agency, and Values

    February 22, 2020

    Autonomy is a distinguishing facet of much recent technology; a new cohort of artificially intelligent machines, systems, and agents that operate increasingly without human intervention. In what ways might the increased autonomy of these systems affect our own agency? How might our use of such systems impact how we function as humans? Or how we see ourselves as human? How might they alter our dynamics with each other?
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    Emotionally Intelligent Robots

    October 24, 2019

    Humans have been fascinated by robots and automata for millennia. There are ancient Greek myths about artificial humans and animated statues coming to life. But as developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and the creation of AI companions and helpers bring these once mythological creatures closer to reality, our perceptions of ourselves and our relationships with others are being fundamentally altered.
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    Dreaming with Eyes Open: Showcase & Panel

    November 13, 2018

    This event will bring together VR artists, philosophers, theorists, and technologists to explore the revolutionary implications of this rich, immersive medium. Panelists include Academy Award–winning artist Kevin Mack; Janet H. Murray, author of Hamlet on the Holodeck; and UC Irvine professor of cognitive science Donald Hoffman, author the provocative “The Case Against Reality.”
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    A Day with Jer Thorp: Workshop & Lecture

    October 18, 2018

    Jer Thorp is an artist, writer, and teacher best known for designing the algorithm to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. Jer was the New York Times' first Data Artist in Residence, is a National Geographic Explorer, and in 2017 and 2018 served as the Innovator in Residence at the Library of Congress.
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    USC Working Group on Scholarly VR, AR, and 3D


    This working group presents a year-long works-in-progress series focused on innovative scholarship using virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D modeling, and other visualization/virtualization technologies.
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    Digital Humanities + Libraries Series


    This series will focus on the intersection of digital technologies and humanities research in academic libraries, exploring topics such as digital archives, data visualization, text mining, computer vision, and open access publishing.
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    Artificial Intelligence + Libraries Series


    This series will explore the impacts of artificial intelligence on libraries and archives, and in turn, the direct bearing of librarianship on the development of intelligent information systems, from machine-learning-generated metadata to the collection and stewardship of the data that powers AI.
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