Visiting Speaker: Dr. Youngmoo Kim

Dr. Youngmoo Kim is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center at Drexel University. Join us for his lecture, "Creativity is Connecting Things: Transdisciplinary Integration in Higher Education."

ABSTRACT: A recent National Academies report, “Branches From the Same Tree” (2018), examines the integration of the humanities and arts with sciences, engineering, and medicine in higher education, urging greater experimentation and investment in boundary-crossing pathways and programs to better prepare students for work, life, and citizenship. As a member of the report committee, I will share experiences and perspectives from the document and the process, which also informs our efforts at the ExCITe Center of Drexel University to foster integration and collaboration across academic disciplines. In particular, I will focus on unique arts-technology collaborations with external partners: the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and Parsons Dance. Each of these projects has its own objectives and outcomes, from PhD research to STEAM (STEM+Arts) education programs for K-12 students, but are shaped by our transdisciplinary approach to collaboration.

BIO SKETCH: Youngmoo Kim is Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, an institute for transdisciplinary research, at Drexel University. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory, pursues AI for music and sound, human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and K-12 outreach for maker and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics) education. He was a member of the National Academies committee that produced the report “Branches from the Same Tree”� on the integration of the Humanities & Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education, released May 2018, and recently co-edited a special issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focusing on creativity and collaboration. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the NAMM Foundation, among others. He received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab and holds Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University as well as Engineering and Music degrees from Swarthmore College.

Tuesday, February 25 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Strozier Library, Bradley Reading Room
116 Honors Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306, Tallahassee, FL

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