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Recent videos

Internet gap: Renee Wittemyer, who is director of social impact in Intel Corporation’s Corporate Responsibility Office, discussed the data on the large Internet gender gap in developing countries and the social and economic benefits of securing Internet access for women during an ATLAS Speaker Series program on Feb. 25, 2013.
To view a full video of the presentation, click here.

Open source: Stormy Peters, director of websites and developer engagement at Mozilla, talked about predicting the future of technology by observing the use and development of open source software during an ATLAS Speaker Series program on Feb. 18, 2013.
To view a full video of the presentation, click here.

Canvas: CU College of Music doctoral student Cole Ingraham presented a live solo concert surrounded by floor to ceiling screens filled with his original animated video paintings and 8.1-surround sound on Feb. 15 & 16 in the Black Box theater. The performance, entitled "Canvas," included music generated by SuperCollider, an audio programming language, and included the use of an iPad and Moog guitar. See a photo set of the performance on the ATLAS Flickr page.

March 2013

Laptop orchestra uses gestures, data from sun to create music

The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk), which is the ensemble-in-residence at the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance, used traditional acoustic instruments, iPads, laptops, SuperCollider software, hemispherical speakers and a gesture-controlled computer (at right) in a unique multimedia performance March 2 in the ATLAS Black Box. One of the pieces, entitled "Gestures," involved three students manipulating sound by moving their hands, which were tracked by 3-D cameras. Computer science Ph.D. student Charles Dietrich collaborated with BLOrk for the performance. In the above photo, students perform along with synthesized sounds based on data emitted by the sun in a piece entitled "Sounds of the Sun," produced with Chris Chronopoulos of CU astrophysics.
- More photos on the ATLAS Flickr page.
- An article about the performance in the ATLAS blog.
- An article about BLOrk from CU Communications.

Obama campaign technology experts share their stories

Engineering team leaders for the Obama for America campaign discussed the strategies, analytics, social media and technologies they used to help re-elect the president during a panel presentation on March 6, 2013, in the ATLAS Black Box.
The team included: Chris Gansen, engineering lead, Dashboard (at left in the photo); Jason Kunesh, director of user experience and product (center); and Dylan Richard, director of engineering (at right). The event was presented by Silicon Flatirons – CU-Boulder’s Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship – and the ATLAS Institute.
For the full video of this presentation, click here.

Ge Wang mixes computing, music, art in Speaker Series event

Ge Wang, a Stanford University assistant professor in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, discussed the transformative possibilities of music and computing to make art, strange new instruments and connections to people around the world during an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation on March 18, 2013.
Wang researches programming languages and interactive software systems for computer-generated music. He is the author of the music programming language ChucK, which is an audio programming language for real-time synthesis, composition, performance and analysis. He demonstrated apps that can turn an iPhone into a flute (in photo at right) or an iPad into a stringed instrument.
The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.
For a full video of this presentation, click here.

ATLAS News & Notes

• ATLAS Ph.D. student Heather Underwood received the best student paper award during the International Conference on Health Informatics held March 3-6 in Angers, France. She was the lead author for a paper entitled "The PartoPen in Training and Clinical Use -- Two Preliminary Studies in Kenya." ATLAS director John Bennett and ATLAS ICTD program director Revi Sterling were co-authors. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to healthcare and medicine.
Kate Starbird, an ATLAS Ph.D. graduate who is now Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) professor at the University of Washington, and CU professor Leysia Palen have received a best paper award at the 2013 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) conference from Feb. 23-27 in San Antonio, Texas. Their paper, "Working and Sustaining the Virtual 'Disaster Desk'," follows the trajectory of Humanity Road, a volunteer organization working within the domain of disaster response, from an emergent group to a formal nonprofit.
Starbird also recently authored an article in the IEEE magazine Computer, which focused the March issue on gender diversity in computing. Her article, entitled "Returning to My Inner Nerd: Following the 'Social' Disruption of Computing," traces her experiences as a Stanford computer science undergraduate, a basketball star both in college and professionally, and as an ATLAS Ph.D. student.
• ATLAS ICTD student Rachel Strobel is a finalist in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Challenge Slavery Tech Contest, which is designed to highlight ideas to combat human trafficking. Her entry was entitled "A Mobile Phone Technology Solution for Countering Human Trafficking in Mexico."
• ATLAS Ph.D. student Joanne White is working with project EPIC to design, test and deploy the Emergency Pet Matcher tool. It is both a mobile and web-based app and site that allows people all around the world to match pets displaced from their owners in disaster events. She is writing a paper about reuniting pets with their owners following Hurricane Sandy.
• Ph.D. student Leslie Dodson recently presented her work on "The Mobile Utility Gap and Literacy Challenges in Oral-Language Communities: SMS use by Berber Women" at UNESCO's Mobile Learning Week event in Paris.
Joel Swanson, director of the Technology, Arts and Media program, is among 17 artists selected from 188 nationally for the Icebraker 4 exhibit March 7-30 at the Ice Cube Gallery in Denver.
Bruce Henderson, director of communications for ATLAS, has an exhibit of 22 photos on display from Feb. 1-March 30 at the Nation Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. The Daily Camera wrote about the exhibit in an article here.

Save the dates

•A synthesis of Hip Hop, psychology and theater: Enjoy an evening of two multimedia dance performances choreographed by CU BFA dance student Skye Hughes and Charlie Dando, founding dancer/choreographer of Boulder’s award-winning Break Efx dance company. 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, April 5 & 6, downstairs Black Box theater

• ATLAS Speaker Series: Playing, building and sketching with electronics with Leah Buechley: Leah Buechley, an alumna of CU-Boulder, will discuss her work as an associate professor at the High-Low Tech MIT Media Lab where people of all ages sketch, design and build their own art pieces using electronics in combination with traditional arts and crafts that use textiles, paper and wood. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, Cofrin Auditorium, ATLAS 100

• ICTD master's students present projects: Master's degree students in the ATLAS ICTD program present their practicum projects; the session is open to the public. 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, Cofrin Auditorium, ATLAS 100

• ATLAS Speaker Series: Mystery, music and digital innovation: Nicolas Jaar is a Chilean-American electronic musician and an international multi-media performing artist. In this visit to the ATLAS Speaker Series and Communikey, Jaar will talk about his work and his creative process. He will also be joined in a Q&A discussion by his label mates and Colorado based emerging music producers. 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, Cofrin Auditorium, ATLAS 100

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The ATLAS Institute (The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society), established in 1997 at CU-Boulder, is a campus-wide entrepreneurial catalyst and incubator for innovative interdisciplinary research and creative, educational outreach programs, made possible by information and communications technology.

ATLAS programs:
- Technology, Media and Society Ph.D.
- Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development
- Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) minor and certificate programs
- BDW advanced digital communications and design programs
- Center for Media, Arts and Performance
- K-12 outreach programs

The ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance explores:
- How artists, scholars, technologists and content creators fully engage
with the richest, broadest set of present-day possibilities.
- How to discover the artistic and creative practices of the future.

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