In 2010, he was nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany; his work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale of Architecture, SIGGRAPH, ars electronica and Max Planck Science Gallery. He has co-authored books for publishers like O'Reilly and Springer and has spoken and lectured on numerous occasions on the topic of information visualization.
Do you love to marvel at flocks of birds? Have you ever wondered how bees know how to build such perfect 60 degree angles? And how do ants manage to be so damn organized, when all they have is a tiny brain, and none of them appear to be running the show.
This workshop will explore how complex patterns can emerge from networked interactions in ensembles of simple agents. We will be inspired from how bees communicate, ants navigate and neurons fire. Together, we will deconstruct, explore, tweak, and recombine a couple of dynamic systems exhibiting collective intelligence, based on code samples provided as a starting point for your own explorations.
The mechanisms learned can be used to solve optimization problems, design deeper generative systems, and think about the dynamics of social interactions from a whole new perspective. If you think your mammal brain is quite functional already, be ready to unlock your insect smarts!
Requirements: This workshop will be 3 hours long. Please bring a laptop, the latest version of Processing, and ideally, intermediate programming skills—but there will also be enough to experience and explore in case you are not the super-coder crunching numbers for breakfast (...yet).
Failures are most instructive in creative work, yet we rarely discuss them in depth. This panel is all about when things go wrong - from minor glitches to total disasters. Led by Moritz Stefaner.