Thursday, Nov 16, 2006

7 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Music Department (Couch Building 207)

Directions are here.

Daniel Bauen


Robotany is a collaborative of Jill Coffin, John Taylor, and Daniel Bauen to combine nature and robotics. Breeze, the first installation of Robotany, is an ambient robot inhabiting the body of a japanese maple. Breeze can visually sense and react through 360 degrees, allowing her to reach out to you and others whenever you are near. This is not a dancing bush, the motion is subtle and artistic, and at the same time, surreal.

Daniel Bauen (Lives in Atlanta, GA) is a Swiss-American mechanical engineer focused in the design and application of electromechanical systems (mechatronics): combining electronics, programming, and mechanics to work on projects involving robotics, product design, interactive art, micro-controllers, and biomechanics. He currently works on monumental, interactive stone and steel sculptures, and as a mechanical engineering consultant for Function Engineering.

Jill Coffin (Lives in Zurich, Switzerland) is a digital artist, wearable electronics designer, and doctoral student at the Wearable Computing Lab, Institut fuer Elektronik, ETH Zuerich.

John Taylor (Lives in Seattle, Washington) is a nomadic technologist, originally from the Silicon Valley. The bulk of his belongings are currently on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, but cities such as Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Zurich, and San Francisco have recently played host to his wanderlust. Currently, his travels are distracting him from finishing his thesis for a Masters of Science in Architecture from Cal Poly, SLO. Other monkeys-on-his-back include contract event production for Red Bull, experimenting with multi-camera panoramic HD video, and the occasional game of Capoeira.

Scott Driscoll

A Robotic Drummer With Ears

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Haile, a robotic drummer that can listen and interact with other human players in a drum circle will be demonstrated and explained.  Haile uses two robotic arms to play an American Indian PowWow drum along with human players by listening to audio from microphones installed in the humans' drums.  The talk will go over some of the ways it interacts with people, along with some of the nuts-and-bolts of how it operates. 

Scott Driscoll has been working on Haile as his primary project while a grad student at the Music Technology department for the last year and a half.  Before joining the music department, he completed a mechanical engineering undergrad at Carnegie Mellon with minors in computer science and robotics, and then a mechanical masters degree at GaTech.  He is currently taking part in the development of an amateur robotics company, and plays piano and darbuka on the side.

Dorkbot is free and open to the public.

dorkbot-atl is hosted by the Georgia Tech Music Department.