Jan 232012

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. See the program for the whole series.

Leonardo ISAST and Stanford Continuing Studies invite you to a meeting of the Leonardo Art/Science community. See below for location and agenda.

The event is free and open to everybody. Email Piero Scaruffi if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs.

Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.


When: 1 February 2012

Where: Stanford University
Building/Room: Pigott Hall Room 113 (Stanford map)
Parking: Pigott Hall is almost half way between the Oval (dead end of University Ave if you are coming from El Camino Real) and the large parking lot at Tresidder Union (Lagunita & Mayfield) if you are coming from Foothill Expressway. Parking is free at Stanford after 4pm (read the fine free on the parking signs).


  • 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.

  • 7:00-7:25:
  • Daniel Small and Luca Antonucci on “First Light” The Hubble Ultra Deep Field imaging system unveiled the deepest portrait of the visible universe ever achieved by humankind that reveals the first light from 13.5 billion years ago… Read more
  • 7:25-7:50:
  • Zann Gill (former NASA scientist) on “Collaborative Intelligence” Collaborative intelligence is an ecosystem model characterizing distributed, multi-agent, systems where each unique agent is an autonomous contributor to its collaborative problem-solving network. Read more
  • 7:50-8:05: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.
  • 8:05-8:30:
  • Anne Fougeron (Architect) on “City of the Future” As of 2008 over 80% of the land of the world that is suitable for raising crops is in use. Where will we find the farm land we need? By 2040, 80% of the world’s population will reside in urban centers, pushing urban edges further out into neighboring agricultural land. How will we feed ourselves?” Read more
  • 8:30-8:55: Phil Ross (artist) on “Mycotecture” Fungi can be used to transform agricultural waste into durable and low impact materials at room temperature. The future is moldy. Read more


  • 8:55: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next Leonardo evening.

  • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, more socializing You can mingle with the speakers and the audience
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