080528_MF @National Science Foundation Workshop

THEVERYMANY (Marc Fornes with Skylar Tibbits) have kindly been invited by Conrad Gleber to present their work within a workshop on “Algorithms and Scripting for Visual Art” at La Salle University.

THURSDAY 29 MAY (afternoon) / La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

National Science Foundation CPATH Grant
Revitalizing Computer Science Education Through the Science of Digital Media

Jennifer Burg, Wake Forest University, Principal Investigator
Conrad Gleber, La Salle University, Co-Principal Investigator

While computers have become indispensable in communication, social networking, creativity, business, science, academics, and research, the number of students majoring in computer science has fallen dramatically in recent years. Clearly, computer science educators are not taking advantage of the exciting and relevant nature of their discipline. This project investigates ways to make computer science curriculum more interesting and relevant to today’s students by linking it to the science of digital media. The interdisciplinary nature of digital media — with connections to the visual arts, engineering, music, scientific visualization, movies, television, and mobile media — will be explored through workshops at seven colleges/universities throughout the United States. Representatives from business and industry and diverse academic fields will be asked to identify the knowledge and skills they would like to see in computer scientists involved with them in interdisciplinary collaborations. Over a three-year period, a proposal for college-level computer science curriculum changes will be made that reflects input from educators, industry representatives, artists, and practitioners in areas involving digital media. The resulting curriculum is intended to have a strong scientific base linked to practice in other disciplines in ways that motivate learning and take advantage of the centrality of digital media in modern-day life.

La Salle University: Algorithms, Scripting, and Programming for Visual Art

Can computer programming in a visual context serve as a foundation for teaching computer science? This workshop will research the use of programming for architecture, 3-D design and prototype development, data visualizations, dynamic and interactive displays and will look at the use of computer programming in commercial and academic fields. The aim is to suggest ways to incorporate the findings into computer science curricula.

Ken Baldauf, Florida State University, Director of Interdisciplinary Computing
Tom Blum, La Salle University, Computer Scientist
Deloy Cole, Greenville College
Cezanne J. Charles, rootoftwo and ArtServe Michigan
H. Quynh Dinh, Stevens Institute, Computer Scientist
Marc Fornes with Skylar Tibbits, THEVERYMANY, Architects
Ira Greenberg, Miami University, Associate Professor, Interacitve Media Studies/Art
Kyle Gower-Winter, Florida State University, Program in Interdisciplinary Computing (PIC)
Hubert Johnson, Montclair State, Computer Scientist
Dan Falabella, Albright College, Computer Scientist
Abbe Forman,Temple University, Computer Scientist
Jeff Nyhoff,Calvin College, Computer Scientist
John Marshall, University of Michigan, School of Art & Design
Margaret McCoey, La Salle University, Computer Scientist
Todd Pashak, Miami University
Mike Redmond, LaSalle University, Computer Scientist
Gail Rubini, Florida State University, Visual Art and Design
Bill Weaver
David Wicks