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Ideas at the Interface of Computing and Culture

Speaker: Anton Bogdanovych1, Simeon Simoff2, Willard McCarty3, Ian Johnson4

Affiliation: University of Western Sydney1, University of Western Sydney2, University of Western Sydney and King's College London3, University of Sydney4

Time: Monday 13/09/2010 from 14:00 to 16:00

Venue: Access Grid UWS. Presented from Parramatta (EB.1.32), accessible from Campbelltown (26.1.50) and Penrith (Y239).

Abstract: Ideas at the interface of computing and culture is a seminar intended to explore what computing as we conceive it can do for the study of human cultures and what that study can do to enlarge and extend our ideas of computing. Three short talks from the perspectives of computer science, archaeology, the digital humanities and cultural research will be followed by a panel discussion, questions and comments from the audience.

Short Talks (20 min each):

1) Dr Anton Bogdanovych and Professor Simeon Simoff - 'The City of Uruk, 3000 B.C.: Authentic Interactive Reenactment of Cultural Heritage with 3D Virtual Worlds and Artificial Intelligence'

2) Professor Willard McCarty, Professor - 'From knowledge jukebox to resonant medium'

3) Dr Ian Johnson - 'History lies in connections, not objects: some reflections on cultural databases'

Panel Discussion:
Professor Brett Neilson, Professor Ien Ang, and Professor Beryl Hesketh

Biography1: Anton Bogdanovych is a lecturer with the School of Computing and Mathematics

Biography2: Simeon Simoff is a professor with the School of Computing and Mathematics

Biography3: Willard McCarty is a professor with the Centre for Cultural Research at UWS and King's College London

Biography4: Ian Johnson is the Director of the Archaeological Computing Laboratory at the University of Sydney.

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