Digital Connections Festival
In collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute
Tuesday 28 March 2023, Faculty of Arts Building, University of Warwick
Join us and a cross-disciplinary community of researchers to explore the current and future applications of interactive experiences using data science, artificial intelligence, and virtually simulated environments. Together we will create a space to explore the essential aspects of how humans engage with automation, robotics, and visualisation to broaden the scope of possibility for virtual clones.
This festival will unlock the potential of industry and academic collaborations to inspire fresh thinking on the use of Virtual Reality (VR) to solve questions of global sustainability, amplify the human elements of technology, and augment the learning outcomes related to automation and robotics. By using the ‘Cone of Plausibility’ (Taylor, 1990) we will co-create and develop new ways of working that connect concepts, prototype possibilities, and expand ideas into digital space(s).
We would like to invite Turing Fellows and University Institutes to register to attend or showcase their own work. This festival is open to a national and global audience of researchers across a broad range of disciplines in sciences, technology, arts, medicine, and beyond.
The Festival be hosted on the University of Warwick Campus in the new Faculty of Arts BuildingLink opens in a new window in collaboration with The Alan Turing InstituteLink opens in a new window & the Digital Arts & Humanities LabLink opens in a new window.
Please register to join us in sharing your digital experience research as a team here or register to attend the event as an individual.
Event Host - Luke Robert Mason
Luke studies the technological developments that will alter what it means to be human. He is the host of the FUTURES Podcast where he explores the topics of artificial intelligence, human enhancement, space travel and virtual reality. He is currently an ESRC-funded postgraduate student at the University of Warwick where he is studying towards a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the public perception of robots.
Keynote Speaker - Dr Catherine Allen, CEO and Lead Consultant at Limina Immersive
Catherine Allen is a leading expert in immersive technology - expanding the audience and creator base of the medium whilst advising on responsible use of this emerging technology. Her work has played a significant role in informing policy - with a current focus on helping shape VR and AR’s inclusion in the UK’s Online Safety Bill. This work has been recognised through an honorary doctorate from the University of Warwick. After working on the BAFTA-winning iPad app Disney Animated, Catherine led the creation of two of the BBC's first virtual reality experiences in 2015 - 2016. She founded Limina Immersive in late 2016; a VR events and research company dedicated to bringing immersive tech to broader audiences.
Keynote Speaker - Professor Giovanni Montana
Professor Giovanni Montana is a data scientist and machine learning researcher. He is currently Professor of Data Science at the University of Warwick where he has a joint appointment with the Department of Statistics and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). His research focuses on developing statistical and machine learning methods to leverage real-world, complex data.
Keynote Speaker - Dr Robert O'Toole
Dr Robert O'Toole is a National Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence. In April 2021, he became Warwick's first Director of Student Experience (digital). His aims in this position are to work with students and staff to adopt a coherent, sustainable, and innovative approach to teaching with technology, aligned with the values and culture of the Arts Faculty.
Date: Tuesday 28 March
Start time: 10:00
Venue: Faculty of Arts Building (FAB)
Further updates and changes to the agenda are coming soon.
Arrival and welcome housekeeping and information
Refreshments will be available throughout the day
10.15 – 10.45
Opportunities and threats from Virtual Reality
Talk by Catherine Allen, Limina Immersive
10.45 - 11.05
Talk by Giovanni Montana
11.10 - 12.20
Interactive sessions commence, colour coded pass
12.30 - 13.15
Lunch served (continues into the Ideas Depot)
13.20 - 14.00
Ideas Depot - The cone of plausibility (facilitated Q&A)
Ideas & Connections Wall
14.05 - 14.30
Stand-up in the Metaverse: Reflecting on a stand-up character comedy performance at the Unknown Theatre in Horizon Worlds.
Jim Judges is a multi-talented technologist, stand-up comedian, and part-time comedy researcher at the University of Kent. He performs regularly at festivals and stand-up clubs as comedy character, health and safety guru, Ian Crawford. He is also the creator of the fish-tastic comedy, video and music show ‘An A to Z of Fish & Chips.'
14.45 - 15.15
The cone of plausibility and our futurology
Dr Robert O’Toole, University of Warwick
15.20 – 16.00
What else, interactive session and final wall edits
16.05 - 16.30