Quickfire Blog Post #1

*Post 3 links to exemplar transdisciplinary collectives/labs/companies. Write one sentence explaining what is unique about each linked entity.

http://www.newschool.edu/ucc/courseDetail.aspx?id=UTNS5100&CourseKey=UTNS5100&CourseOpenTo=NMO%2cNMR%2cNMN&PageIndex=0 This experimental initiative will create an innovative pedagogical space for developing new ideas and practices to address pressing social challenges. Working in small teams, students will collaborate closely with faculty as well as practitioners across sectors (public officials, activists, and change agents) to model new approaches to collaborating for transformative change

http://www.ubalt.edu/cas/about-the-college/schools-and-divisions/school-of-communications-design/facilities/media-lab/   This media studios house a variety of audio playback and recording devices. Multiple control rooms with digital audio consoles with moveable faders serve as both control surfaces and inputs for the connected Macintosh computer running Logic or Final Cut Pro software.

https://mrl.nyu.edu/ Computer science research at the NYU Media Research Lab is incredibly interdisciplinary: they are interested in computer graphics, geometric modeling, simulation, visualization, scientific computing, machine learning, computer vision, mobile robotics, digital libraries, human movement, motion capture, and human-computer interaction. They are involved in numerous cross-disciplinary collaborations with mathematicians, engineers and artists.

*Post 3 links to exemplar transdisciplinary projects. Write one sentence explaining what is unique about each linked entity.

http://mrl.nyu.edu/~perlin/spiral/  UnMousePad is a paper thin, flexible multi-touch device about size of a mouse pad. This can detect not only touches but also the amount of pressures too.

http://www.nexuslab.org/projects/oral-history-toolkit This experimental web application is designed to allow the public to hear and search oral histories on a variety of topics (compilations) through an interactive audio player like the image shown below. A few other web sites do something similar.  But our project lets registered users create compilations, upload oral history files (in .mp3 format) and create metadata and transcriptions for them, so that the public can access the files.

http://www.nexuslab.org/projects/large-scale-video-analysis-project Historically, the analysis of large video archives has been made difficult an inability to sort and categorize video content on a massive scale, further complicated by a lack of metadata and the difficulty of articulating the complexity of sound as text. In response to the inherent problems in the cultural and historical study of large video archives, the Large Scale Video Analysis project (LSVA) seeks to create a framework to study, retrieve, and annotate massive collections of moving image data.

-Mark Olsen



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