Creative Computing: The Art of Innovation

Title: Creative Computing: The Art of Innovation
Speaker: Steve Harrison , Virginia Tech
When: Friday, Feb 20, 2009
Time: 11:15am-12:15pm
Where: Torgersen 2150

When we think about technological innovation, we often think first of
the scientist, engineer, or driven tinkerer addressing a problem of
great import, turning what was "science fiction" into technological
fact. There are other ways that innovation occurs; in this talk, I
will argue that one way is the intersection of art and engineering.
I'll give some historical precedents, show a few projects that I have
been involved in, and explain how this approach can get computer
scientists to think differently. Along the way, we'll revisit a few
milestones in innovation and the underlying ideas of human-computer