Alex Zivanovic

Early Cybernetic Sculptures Interaction and Elegant Motion

Tesla talk at UCL October 22 2007, given by Alex Zivanovic

Alex Zivanovic part one  Alex Zivanovic part two

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Alex Zivanovic will talk about the work of the late Edward Ihnatowicz, a pioneer of interactive robotic sculpture. In particular, he will present SAM, a sculpture exhibited at the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition in 1968, and the Senster, exhibited in the Evoluon in Eindhoven from 1970 to 1974. Both works moved recognisably in response to the sound and motion of the people around them, giving the impression of being alive. The talk will explain how this was achieved and what we can learn from these ground-breaking works. In particular, Alex will talk about how natural, elegant motion can be achieved and what aspects of interactive robots are important to engage humans emotionally.

Speaker’s Biography:

Alex Zivanovic is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Art at Middlesex University. His research interests are interactive robots as sculpture. His background is in robotics engineering, having gained a BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Kent, followed by an MSc by research in Electronic Engineering from the same institution. He gained a PhD from Imperial College in Mechanical Engineering, specifically in medical robotics and followed by spending five years as a postdoc research associate developing medical robotics and surgical training systems. During this period he developed an interest in robotics as art, and, in particular the aesthetics of their motion. He now runs a consultancy developing mechatronic products and running educational activities around robotics and physical computing.