The Giraffe and the Harpsichord: Modelling the Museum - Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

12 July 2018 12 July 2018

When: 12 July 2018
Where: RAMM
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Cost: Ticketed but free
Suitable for: Any age

An invitation to attend a Leverhulme lecture from Prof Paul Fishwick, Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas.

How is a giraffe like a harpsichord? This question might remind you of the Mad Hatter’s riddle to Alice in her adventures in Wonderland. The hatter asks Alice “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”. When visiting RAMM, you will come across Gerald the Giraffe towering over a harpsichord. The harpsichord is a musical instrument that predated the piano. Is the question answerable?

I will give an overview of modelling where we will explore how Gerald and the harpsichord are connected. Modelling is an activity we loved as children, and is a defining aspect of being human. We will explore modelling to connect ideas and objects.

Prof Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas. He leads a lab aimed at bringing human elements to the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). His main research area is modelling and simulation, with a focus on education and public engagement in modelling as used in the arts, science and engineering. Paul pioneered the area of aesthetic computing. Since 1995, he is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC, which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process of risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods. Fishwick was faculty at the University of Florida (1986 to 2012) and earned his PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Organised by University of Exeter: Prof Paul Fishwick’s visit to the UK is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award with University of Exeter Business School.

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