Related Talks

5/17/12Brendan Z. Allison (Institute for Knowledge Discovery, Laboratory of Brain Computer Interfaces, University of Graz, Austria) will be back at Duke running a BCI workshop with Leslie Collins‘ lab (SSPACISS).  This workshop is open to the public.  More information can be found HERE.

4/10/12 – “Talking from the front of the head: The changing face of “P300” BCIs” – 2:45pm at CIEMAS, Schiciano Auditorium Side B.  ECE Seminar by Brendan Allison, Ph.D. Institute for Knowledge Discovery, Laboratory of Brain Computer Interfaces Graz University of Technology , Austria.

P300 BCIs have been prevalent in BCI research for almost 25 years. Until very recently, all P300 BCIs relied on the canonical “flash” paradigm, in which users count each time a target letter flashes. Different research groups have recently shown that P300 BCIs function better when characters move, change color, change to faces, or change in other ways. These manipulations generally do not enhance the P300 as much as other components of the ERP, such as the N200 or N400. Hence, so-called “P300” BCIs will probably look significantly different in the next few years. The canonical flash approach is dying, which is a major change in the dominant paradigm.

Refreshments provided.  Hosted by Leslie Collins.

3/27/12Film, Light, Vision: Experimental and Avant-Garde Cinema
7pm-9:30pm at the Varsity Theatre – 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 – In Conjunction with the Scott C. Richmond Sawyer talk and screening of Tony Conrad’s The Flicker (1966) on Thursday, March 1st at 5:30pm

A program of select 16mm experimental and avant-garde films that explore the materialities of cinema (film, light, projection, screen) and the modalities of vision. This program is curated and presented by graduate students in the departments of Comparative Literature, English, and German and by Dr. Inga Pollmann (UNC-Chapel Hill, German).

Sponsored by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature at UNC and the Sawyer Seminar Phenomenology, Minds & Media at Duke.

List of films:
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Lightplay Black-White-Gray, 1930, 5:15, b&w, silent
Len Lye, Free Radicals, 1958/1979, 4:00, b&w, sound
Brakhage, Commingled Containers, 5min, color, silent
Frampton, Lemon, 7:30, color, silent
Richter, Filmstudie, 3:45, b/w, sound
Tscherkassky, Outer Space, 10min, b/w, sound
Emshwiller, Thanaptosis, 5min, b/w, sound
Conner, Looking for Mushrooms, 4min, color, sound
Anger, Eaux d’artifice, 13min, color, sound
Baillie, Castro Street, 10min, color/b/w, sound

The Ackland Film Forum is made possible through the generous support of the Carolina Parents Council and Ruby Lerner.

2/17/12Philip Mirowski (University of Notre Dame and HOPE Scholar)
Trial by Twitter: New Horizons in the Transformation of Peer Review” – 3:30pm in Social Sciences Room 113, Duke University, hosted by The Center for the History of Political Economy and co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Culture Theory and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

10/8/11 – Ackland Film Festival Presents Animals and Cinema

9/15/11James J. Hodge (Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow)
“The Problem of History and the ‘Deep Opacity of  Contemporary Technics.'”
This is a chapter from his dissertation, Animate  Archaeology: New Media and the Aesthetics of History and is a work in progress.  This chapter is available HERE as a password protected PDF.  Please email Leonore Fleming with the subject “password” for information about how to open the file.

His talk will take place from 4:30pm-6:30pm in Friedl 225

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