Robots Are Creatures, Not Things
Madeline Gannon is passionate about inventing better ways to communicate with machines that make things. In this talk, she will share her journey from aspiring architect to robot whisperer and discuss her own work imbuing fabrication machines with a sense of spatial intelligence. In appropriating CAD/CAM technologies for broader streams of human-machine communication, her work illustrates the untapped potential of taming giant, monstrous robots into machinic creatures that can expand, augment and amplify human capabilities.
Gannon leads Atonaton, a research studio transforming industrial robots into sentient companions, exploring the human body as an interactive design canvas and illustrating an embodied vision for the future of digital making. Her work blends disciplinary knowledge from design, robotics and human-computer interaction to innovate at the edges of digital creativity. She holds an MArch from Florida International University and is completing a PhD in computational design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Madeline Gannon’s lecture is made possible by an ISU Women’s & Diversity Grant (recently renamed the Inclusion Initiatives Grant Program) and co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture, Department of Art & Visual Culture, Department of Graphic Design and Department of Landscape Architecture.