ECE Seminar Series

ISTeC Distinguished Lecture In conjunction with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Computer Science Seminar Series

Title: Design, Making, and Creativity (or Please Pass the Polymaths)
Speaker: Mark Gross
Affiliation: University of Colorado
Day: Monday, September 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Morgan Library Event Hall

Abstract: People enjoy making things, as the recently burgeoning "maker movement" shows. While often seen as a vehicle to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the maker movement presents far wider opportunities to engage people in design and creativity. The new machinery for making things-laser cutters, 3D printers and more-cry out for better tools and technologies for design, and practice making things invites people to become more creative. Some of the most exciting opportunities and powerful insights belong to polymaths who can defy conventional disciplinary boundaries and learn to apply expertise developed in one discipline to others.

Bio: Mark D. Gross is Professor of Computer Science and directs the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His interests include design methods, modular robotics, computationally enhanced construction kits and crafts, sketch tools and applications, and physical computing. Gross is co-founder with former students in three local companies spun out of his university research laboratories. Gross has taught computational design at CU at the University of Washington Seattle, and at Carnegie Mellon University. In the 1980s worked at Atari's Research Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where, in the 1970s, he worked at the Artificial Intelligence Logo Laboratory and the Architecture Machine Group, as well as a stint programming optical character recognition at Kurzweil Computer Products.