Recent News – DaraghByrne.me

Daragh Byrne Associate Teaching Professor
School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University. Courtesy appointment in the School of Design.

Recent News

Joining Groundworks' (remote) Advisory Board 2020 meeting

This Tuesday and Wednesday, I’ll be (remotely) joining a2ru’s Advisory Board meeting for Groundworks

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Late breaking paper to appear at HCI International 2020

A paper entitled “Tools with Histories: Exploring NFC-tagging to support hybrid documentation practices and knowledge discovery in makerspaces” reporting on preliminary explorations of hybrid documentation strategies in educationally-focused makerspaces will appear in the proceedings of HCI International 2020 as late breaking work.

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Spookte.ch launches

Spooky Tech hopes to survey cases for a digital inventory of spooky technologies. Over the next ten weeks, twelve students from across CMU will compile, curate and organize these examples. We’re gathering these examples as we work at spookte.ch and an inaugural blog post can be found at http://spookyte.ch/blog/ with more to come from our rapporteurs.

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Offering 'Spooky Technology' a summer remote project course at CMU

Co-teaching a new project course this summer with Dan Lockton, School of Design entitled “Spooky Technology.” Students will work to identify, gather and prepare richly annotated cases for inclusion in a digital inventory of spooky technologies The outcomes of the course will be a virtual ‘book sprint’ where students prepare an online and print inventory of that can be widely shared with interested audiences.

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Pictorial on 'Cultivating material knowledge' forthcoming at DIS 2020

Pictorial entitled “Cultivating material knowledge: Experiments with a low cost interface for 3D texture scanning” will appear with MSCD graduate Wei Wei Chi at DIS 2020.

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Invited Talk at PDMA Pittsburgh

Presented a remote guest lecture for the PDMA Pittsburgh programs on the internet of things.

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IJAC article forthcoming

Article entitled “Multi-resolution in architecture as design driver for additive manufacturing applications” by PhD student Manuel Rodriguez Ladron De Guevara, has been accepted to International Journal of Architectural Computing.

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Spooky Tech receives CFA Fund for Creativity and Research award

Working with Dan Lockton in the School of Design, we were awarded $4,950 for a collaborative proposal titled “Spooky Technology.” This award is from the College of Fine Art’s Fund for Research & Creativity

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Demo on AR Gestural Interaction to appear in CHI 2020 interactivity

“Megereality”: Leveraging Physical Affordances for Multi-Device Gestural Interaction in Augmented Reality” was co-authored with Shengzhi Wu (lead, graduate MDes 2019) and Molly Wright Steenson (Associate Professor, School of Design.)

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Participating in World Economic Forum (WEF) Workshop on IoT Governance

Invited to participate in the CMU/World Economic Forum (WEF) Workshop on IoT Governance (held on Feb 6) to inform the WEF’s Global State of IoT Report. This was convened of a range of experts from CMU, and the Pittsburgh area to provide feedback on the preliminary findings of the report and develop a briefing on the Global State of IoT Governance.

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Webinar on Groundworks

An a2ru Webinar on Groundworks took place on Friday, January 31, 2020, 2-3pm. It included Veronica Stanich, Managing Director of Ground Works, Daragh Byrne, Technical Director of Ground Works, and Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, Associate Director at a2ru.

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Invited talk to the School of Design Graduate Colloquium

Giving an invited talk on some of my recent work to the Graduate Design Colloquium (51-703) in the School of Design at CMU

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'Project Amelia provides a visit to the not-so-distant future'

CyLab article interviews Mike Skirpan on immersive theater experience, Project Amelia, and discusses the research effort around the performance.

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Ground Works launches at a2ru national conference

The Ground Works platform formally launched at the a2ru 2019 national conference. Ground Works is a peer-reviewed online platform for interdisciplinary, arts-focused research. a2ru’s Ground Works is a compendium of exemplary arts-integrative research projects, and a hub for reflection on the processes that drive such work. A prototype edition based in the a2ru national conference knowledges is now available. We are also seeking submissions for inclusion as exemplars in Ground Works, with the initial Call for Proposals prioritizing projects in 2020 that include participation from a2ru partner universities. We look forward to growing the platform beyond the network in subsequent issues.

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Joined Discussion on Industry 4.0 at PDMA Pittsburgh

Set to a panel discussion “Product Development and the Digital Thread…Are we ready for Industry 4.0?” at Digital Bridge 2019, Pittsburgh’s Industry 4.0 Conference, hosted by Catalyst Connection. Other panelist’s include Dr Joseph Cuiffi (Penn State New Kensington), Mike Holtkamp (Siemens Corporation), Sergio Butkewitsch Choze (Arconic) and Matthew Jones (AW Miller/Miller 3D). The panel is moderated by Stephen Leonard (GrayMatterz).

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Presenting at MakerEd Convening 2019

The 5th Annual Maker Educator Convening will be held October 12-13, 2019 at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. As part of the convening, we’ll present recent outcomes from the NSF Smart Maker project and walk participants through our co-design frameworks in a one hour fifteen minute workshop.

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Guest lecture in IDeATe' Learning Media Design

Giving a guest lecture today on the ‘Maker Movement and Critique’ as part of Marti Louw’s Learning Media Design (05-291), a course offered through CMU’s IDeATe undergraduate minor.

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Speculations on the future of AI and human experience; student work featured in Bricolage’s immersive theatre Project Amelia.

Student work from Responsive Mobile Environments will debut in upcoming immersive theatre Project Amelia. The production invites ‘you to the R&D lab of Aura, one of the world’s most innovative tech giants, to participate in the launch of a groundbreaking intelligence product like no other.’ Students designed the “Museum of Failures” as interactive props and speculative devices as a back-catalog of Aura’s product line. The show opens on September 20th.

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Courtesy appointment in School of Design

Accepted an invitation to a courtesy appointment with the School of Design

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Promoted to Associate Teaching Professor

I’ve been reappointed and effective July 1st will be promoted to Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Architecture.

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Guest lecture in HCI for Product Manager

Gave a guest lecture entitled ‘UX for Conversation’ to ‘Special Topics in HCI: HCI for Product Managers’ (05-898) class led by Dr. Laura Dabbish, Human Computer Interaction Institute, at Carnegie Mellon University

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UPLift Projects featured on CMU.edu

Our CMU Experience Task Force’s committee announced five new temporary infrastructure projects to improve campus life.

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CMU Leaders Make Trek To National Maker Faire

“The White House today recognized CMU for its leadership of the MakeSchools Alliance, launched in fall 2014 with support from Bucknell, Case Western Reserve and Cornell universities. Forty-eight member institutions share best practices for deploying maker-based education or “makerspaces” on their campuses.”

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RME featured on CMU.edu

Students in my course, IDeATe’s Responsive Mobile Environments, effort to create an inflatable martian greenhouse was featured in this article.

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White House Official Announces Launch of Higher Education Alliance for Maker Education

Carnegie Mellon Develops Online Platform To Showcase Best Practices for Making Across America’s Colleges and Universities. MakeSchools.org is a project directed by Daragh Byrne, Intel Special Faculty for Physical Computing, Responsive Environments and Emerging Media with CMU’s School of Architecture and IDeATe Network. Today, the online platform details nearly 50 higher education institutions’ initiatives, programs and collaborations.

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Higher Education Institutions Respond to the President’s Call to Support Making on College Campuses

“Higher education institutions are responding to the President’s call to action to support Making on college campuses. One recent effort responding to this call is the Make Schools Alliance, a new initiative that will provide students with spaces, projects and mentors to engage in hands-on Making activities and boost their interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”

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