Refik Anadol (Media Artist/Director)
Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a lecturer and visiting researcher in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.

He is working in the fields of site-specific public art with parametric data sculpture approach and live audio/visual performance with immersive installation approach, particularly his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts with machine intelligence. He holds a master of fine arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts, master of fine arts degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in Visual Communication Design as well as bachelors of arts degree with summa cum laude in Photography and Video. Co-founder and Creative director at Antilop.

As a media artist, designer and spatial thinker, Refik Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the transformation of the subject of contemporary culture requires rethinking of the new aesthetic, technique and dynamic perception of space. Anadol builds his works on the nomadic subject’s reaction to and interactions with unconventional spatial orientations with data and machine intelligence. Embedding media arts into architecture, he questions the possibility of a post digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities. He invites the viewers to visualize alternative realities by presenting them the possibility of re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. Anadol’s work suggests that all spaces and facades have potentials to be utilized as the media artists’ canvases.

Privileging difference rather than singularity and movement rather than stasis, Anadol faces all the new challenges that the gradual development of an enriched immersive environment and ubiquitous computing impose on architects, media artists and engineers. How is our experience of space changing, now that digital objects ranging from smart phones to urban screens have all but colonized our everyday lives? How have media technologies changed our conceptualizations of space, and how has architecture embraced these shifting conceptualizations? These are the three main questions that Anadol tackles by not simply integrating media into built forms, but by translating the logic of a new media technology into spatial design.

Ahmed Elgammal (Rutgers University)

Dr. Ahmed Elgammal is a professor at the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr Elgammal is a member of the Center for Computational Biomedicine Imaging and Modeling (CBIM) at Rutgers and an Executive Council Faculty at Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science (RUCCS.) Dr. Elgammal is the director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence at Rutgers and the Human Motion Analysis Lab (HuMAn Lab.) His primary research interest is computer vision and machine learning. His research focus includes human activity recognition, human motion analysis, tracking, human identification, and statistical methods for computer vision. Dr Elgammal recent research activities also include data science in the domain of digital humanities. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006. Dr. Elgammal received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in computer science and automatic control from University of Alexandria, Egypt, in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He received another M.Sc. and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2000 and 2002, respectively.

Kemal İnan (Sabancı University)

He received his B.S. (1964) and M.S. (1966) in Electrical Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU). After earning another M.S. in Automatic Control at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom (1967), he obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, USA (1970). He has held visiting faculty appointments at UC Berkeley (1980-82 and 1985-89) , served as chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department of METU (1993-95) and member of Science Council (governing board) of (TUBITAK) Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council (1995-97). Between 1983-1985 he was actively in politics as a founding member of SODEP (Social Democratic Party of Turkey ). He joined Sabancı University in February 1998 as the founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Göktürk Üçoluk (METU)

Received his BS and MS in Physics from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, in the years ’80 and ’82 respectively. In ’82 he moved to Middle East Technical University, Ankara, joined the Physics Department, where he has done a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. His supervisor was Tekin Dereli. The PhD., completed ’89, reads as: “An Exterior Calculus Package for REDUCE and Dimensional Reduction fo Generalised Theories of Gravity”. This was a two legged PhD.: one in Theo.Physics, the other in Symbolic Algebraic Manipulation (also known as Computer Algebra). The first required to understand what Einstein could/couldn’t do; the second required to gain an extensive expertise in LISP. During his Ph.D. study he lectured at the Department of a Computer Engineering LISP and Prolog Programming course, as a parttime lecturer. In this period of time he and Tuğrul Yılmaz, another theoretical physicist, have rewritten a LISP interpreter for the LISP dialect known as Utah Standart Lisp. The original the work was of Ersin Karabudak and Cüneyt Eren. This was the first complete C coded, register based open source free Lisp interpreter. Later Üçoluk and Yılmaz have olso written a LISP to C cross-compiler. Both of this software is available and world wide in use.

In ’89 he joined the Department of a Computer Engineering as an assistant professor, where he still is a member of. At the Department of a Computer Engineering he served/s as the Vice Chair of Department for over 6 years. He participated several SW development projects including the C3I project for the Turkish Armed Forces Headquarter. Currently he mostly teaches Ceng 111 and Ceng 140.

Since ’82 his main academical area of interest is Evolutionary Computing. He is involved in the International Olympiad Informatics activities. Since ’83 he is in the academic team that is responsible of the sellection and training of the National Team. In the year of ’99 Turkey was also the host of this activity. Over 75 countries participated. Üçoluk was the chair of the organisation. Having a background in Physics, he has a broad interest in all what requires ‘intelligence’ and ‘modelling’. And he defines ‘intelligence’ (in the quest for AI) as “the process of conversion of the ill- or un-structured knowledge into structered one”.