Conference to center on innovation, information, integration

SUNY Oswego will bring together researchers and artists from several disciplines for “At the Intersection: A Conversation Between Art and Science on Information Visualization,” a conference March 30 and 31 on the lakeside campus.

The two-day conference, hosted by the college’s Center for Communication and Information Technology, looks to create interaction and dialogue between professionals in art, graphic design, human-computer interaction, information science, technology and related fields. It is part of the State University of New York’s Conversation in the Disciplines series.

The goal is to stimulate discussion on how digital imaging technology has transformed the ways people can communicate information visually, as advances in computer graphics have made visual electronic media the basis of the modern information delivery system.

“Our primary goal for this conference is presenting work that stands at that intersection between art, science and technology in order to encourage and stimulate discussion among a diverse group of scholars and practitioners,” said Cynthia Clabough, a professor of graphic design at SUNY Oswego and a conference organizer.

Visiting speakers will include Joseph Ballay of Carnegie Mellon University, Carla Diana of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Andruid Kerne of Texas A & M University, Paul Vanouse of the University of Buffalo and Christa Erickson of SUNY Stony Brook.

Just as the conference is meant to attract an interdisciplinary base, Oswego’s Center for Communication and Information Technology is indicative of current trends across higher education institutions that find diverse academic disciplines forming new partnerships, Clabough said.

CCIT incorporates disciplines that include broadcasting, graphic design, human-computer interaction, information science and journalism. Common interests across the CCIT constituency include data visualization, theoretical and applied forms of communication, evolving relationships between technology and communication, and the impact of new media on society.

The “At the Intersection” conference begins at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 30. Sessions wrap up by 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31.

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(Posted: Mar 07, 2007)