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Preservation of cultural heritage: “Human” technology in the digital era

Dr. Anna Lobovikov-Katz

Israel Institute of technology

Abstract : The revolutionary development in digital theory and technology calls for non-trivial decisions in bridging between the virtual and real, between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and humanities and arts subjects and themes in education, research and application. The field of conservation of cultural heritage provides various challenges, especially with regards to learning, study, investigation and documentation of tangible heritage through applications of intangible ICT technologies. Linking between the advanced methods and techniques, and between the areas which has been traditionally associated with humanities and arts can be helpful in modern research and application in diverse areas.

The interaction between e-learning, and the actual on-site learning and study of historic buildings and sites, with an emphasis on their visual characteristics, has been enabled and implemented in EU project ELAICH, and some other selected activities. Integration of two interconnected areas: visual disciplines through their wide spectrum (incl. descriptive geometry, perspective, freehand drawing, painting), and conservation of cultural heritage, and especially between the visual and the material-technological aspects of the latter, has been applied by author for “research by education”, to contribute to preservation of cultural built heritage, enriching it through my inter-disciplinary visual insight into the heritage conservation equilibrium.

Visualisation has been widely known for its uses in STEM, and its contribution to learning has been shown in recent research. Drawing is considered by many researchers as indispensable for visual thinking, while at the same time, it contributes to visual skills, which are the key to success in STEM. RALEMEFS Methodology, developed by author, makes traditional human technologies of visual analysis accessible to any researcher, scientist, engineer and architect.

Bio: Head and initiator of the first EU project under the Technion leadership, - a project in cultural heritage conservation education, Dr. Anna Lobovikov-Katz combines arts, science and technology in her research and teaching. Her educational, research, professional and public activities have been linked more than twenty years to historic preservation (conservation) of cultural (built) heritage, through its diverse multi- and interdisciplinary aspects, as well as to different areas of graphic study and representation theory and practice, and their applications to the conservation of built heritage (e.g. mapping of conservation data, etc), visual arts and design; e-learning in conservation of cultural heritage. She is active in other national and international research projects, has organized and chaired international symposia on conservation of built heritage; served as an evaluator for international research programs, peer-reviewed journals, member of international conservation forums and scientific committees; gave invited talks and published scholarly papers, joined and promoted international initiative of heritage conservation experts on inclusion cultural heritage theme in HORIZON 2020. Her education and present activities link between the visual and the technological: from studies at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, to MSc. and Ph.D. from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (in conservation of built heritage, urban conservation); from research on deterioration and conservation of stone to the development of teaching methodologies in heritage conservation, descriptive geometry and arts , which she applied in her university courses in Israel (Technion), Italy, Malta, etc.. Her paintings have been shown at solo and juried exhibitions in France, Israel, Italy, USA, and she is the recipient of the USA and Israeli awards in fine arts. Artworks of my students were shown at more than 15 exhibitions in Israel, and in other countries (Spain, Italy).

Date: 2017-Apr-20     Time: 11:30:00     Room: 336

Human error is not the problem

Harold Thimbleby

University of Wales Swansea

Abstract : Error, if it was a disease, would be classified as the third biggest killer after cancer and heart disease. Why is it neglected, and what can be done? When something bad happens to a patient, then surely somebody must have done something bad? Although it’s a simple story, it’s usually quite wrong. This talk argues, with lots of surprising examples, that the correct view is you do not want to avoid error and you want to avoid patient harm. Drawing on human factors and computer science, this talk shows the astonishing ways that systems conspire to cause and hide the causes of error. We will then show that better design can reduce harm significantly. We explain why industry is reluctant to improve, and how new policies could help improve technology.

Bio: Prof Harold Thimbleby FIET CEng FRCPE FLSW HonFRSA HonFRCP has given over 500 invited talks in 30 different countries. He is an internationally respected computer scientist, with a particular interest in human error and healthcare IT. His research team won the 2014 GE Healthcare Award for Outstanding Impact in Healthcare. Has has been a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder and a Leverhulme Trust Fellow. He is an Expert Advisor on IT to the Royal College of Physicians. His MIT Press book Press On won several international prizes. His web site is

Date: 2017-Apr-07     Time: 10:00:00     Room: INESC-ID Tagus Park, sala 2.10

Arts and Design Based Research for the Creation of Transmedia Experiences

Patrícia Gouveia

Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa

Abstract : Arts and Design Based Research for the Creation of Transmedia Experiences

Bio: Patrícia Gouveia Associate Professor and Multimedia Art Department Director at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa. Works in Multimedia Arts and Design since the nineties. Her research focus on playable media, interactive fiction and digital arts as a place of convergence between cinema, music, games, arts and design. Previously she was Associate Professor at the Interactive Media (Games and Animation) degree at Noroff University College (2014-16) in Kristiansand, Norway, Invited Assistant Professor at FCSH/UNL (2007-14) and Assistant Professor at ULHT (2008-13) both in Lisbon. From 2006 to 2014 Patrícia edited the blog Mouseland. In 2010 she published the book Digital Arts and Games, Aesthetic and Design of Ludic Experience [Artes e Jogos Digitais, Estética e Design da Experiência Lúdica] (ed. Universitárias Lusófonas).

Date: 2017-Mar-24     Time: 14:00:00     Room: room 1.38 @ INESC-ID TagusPark

High Performance Dense Linear Algebra on Low-Power Asymmetric Multicore Architectures

José-Ramón Herrero

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Abstract : In this talk we will present recent research focused on producing high performance Dense Linear Algebra (DLA) codes on Asymmetric Multicore Processors (AMP). We tailor the study on representative asymmetric multicore processors present in an ARM big.LITTLE architecture specifically designed for energy efficiency. We will discuss the challenges posed by these architectures and the way we have exploited parallelism in order to produce high performance implementations of the most significant DLA kernels within BLAS and LAPACK. We will stress the need for malleability and dynamically adapting to the available resources.

Bio: José-Ramón Herrero holds a position as associate professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC, BarcelonaTech. He has been teaching in the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB) since 1994 where he has taught fourteen different courses corresponding to several areas (Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, and Parallel Programming). He has carried out the duties of Vice-Dean Head of Academic Studies and Vice-dean for Institutional and International Relations at Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB). He has combined these management and teaching tasks with research in HPC, mainly in the field of High Performance Scientific Computing.

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Date: 2017-Mar-03     Time: 11:00:00     Room: 336

Symbolic Execution for Evolving Software

Cristian Cadar

Imperial College London

Abstract : One of the distinguishing characteristics of software systems is that they evolve: new patches are committed to software repositories and new versions are released to users on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, many of these changes bring unexpected bugs that break the stability of the system or affect its security. In this talk, I describe our work on devising novel symbolic execution techniques for increasing the confidence in evolving software: a technique for reasoning about the correctness of optimisations, in particular those that take advantage of SIMD and GPGPU capabilities; a technique for high-coverage patch testing, and a technique for revealing regression bugs and behavioural divergences across versions.

Bio: Cristian Cadar is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, where he leads the Software Reliability Group. His research interests span the areas of software engineering, computer systems and security, with an emphasis on building practical techniques and tools for improving the reliability and security of software systems. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2016, awarded the ACM Computer and Communications Security (CCS) Test of Time Award in 2016, the EuroSys Jochen Liedtke Young Researcher Award in 2015, an EPSRC Early-Career Fellowship in 2013, and artifact or paper awards at ICST 2016, ISSTA 2014, ESEC/FSE 2013 and OSDI 2008. Cristian received a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, and undergraduate and Master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Date: 2017-Feb-24     Time: 11:00:00     Room: 020