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Simon G Penny

A Body of Knowledge – Embodied Cognition and the Arts

8-10 December, 2016 CTSA, UCI Director – Simon Penny Academic manager – Kelly Donahey This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group including cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, philosophers of mind, physiologists, psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, computer scientists, artists and designers to explore emerging cognitive neuroscience and theories of embodied cognition. The goal …

Orthogonal: Design-Build-Sail with a dash of anthropology

Orthogonal is a transdisciplinary research project involving anthropology, hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, design prototyping, experimental structures and materials science, traditional and contemporary artisanal practices, sustainability and ‘critical technical practice’ (Agre) Micronesian and other Pacific island communities have a long (and almost lost) tradition of fast asymmetrical multihull sailboats (generally referred to …

Embodied Encounters

Exhibition at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, co-curated by Simon Penny and David Familian. Oct 1 2016 -Jan21, 2017 http://beallcenter.uci.edu/exhibitions/embodied-encounters

Brett Doar for GoldieBlox

After the success of the OK Go music video “This Too Shall Pass” with its big-box sized Rube Goldberg machine  (now with 4 million hits), ACE alum Brett Doar has gone on to make other contraptions, the most recent being for an ad for GoldieBlox engineering toys for girls. Eric …

2013 Chancellors Award for excellence in undergraduate research.

Simon Penny was awarded the 2013 UCI Chancellors Award for excellence in undergraduate research for his work mentoring the Therabot Project under the UROP CALIT2 Multidisciplinary Design Project (MDP) initiative. The Therabot project pursued the prototyping of an autonomous robot with wifi two way video and bed-based control to serve …

Mechatronics Lab Opens

  The Art dept Mechatronics lab (CAC G010) opened for its first class in  Winter quarter 2011. The lab is a purpose – designed electronics, electromechanics, robotics and interactive systems lab which can seat up to 22 students at independent electronics workstations. The lab also has a small mill, lathe …