Fontys Symposium IIP 2019: Demystifying AI

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Artificial Intelligence has become prevalent in today’s big innovations such as context-aware chatbots, speech assistants, self-driving vehicles, auto-diagnose and treatment systems for various diseases, and many more. AI drives the digital transformation by bringing products and services to the market that create meaningful value for customers.

At the 2nd edition of ICT In Practice on 21st of March 2019 you are updated on applications of AI as implemented by our staff, students and Partners in Education. You will learn how to incorporate AI into real world projects using the latest tools and algorithms, and how you can add value to your business with AI.

Not Live, But soon On Demand…

More info: ICT IN PRACTICE 2019
Location: NatLab, Eindhoven


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Eindhoven is wereldwijd bekend als innovatieve regio, bijvoorbeeld via Brainport. De EU stelt daarvoor veel middelen beschikbaar en die worden hier dus goed besteed. Toch zijn er veel onduidelijkheden over de toekomst van onze regio.

Om deze en alle andere vragen te beantwoorden komt op 9 juni eurocommissaris Vytenis Andriukaitis naar Eindhoven. Hij is in de Europese Commissie verantwoordelijk voor de portefeuille Health & Food Safety. Samen met loco-burgemeester Mary-Ann Schreurs en Margo Brands, directeur van de Nederlandse Patiënten federatie, delen zij het podium om al uw vragen en suggesties te beantwoorden.


  • 14.30 uur: inloop met koffie, thee
  • 15.00 uur: drie korte inleidingen van initiatiefnemers
    moderator is Cees Donkers,  urban designer van Eindhoven
    rondetafel gesprek vragen en antwoorden, onderling en met de zaal
  • 16.45 uur: pauze met drankjes
  • 17.15 uur: drie korte introducties van de sprekers
    moderator is Jan Paternotte, voorzitter D’66 gemeenteraad Amsterdam
    vragen en antwoorden, onderling en met de zaal
  • 18.15 uur: pauze met hapjes en drankjes meet & greet met alle inleiders
  • 19.15 uur: afsluiting en vertrek
Locatie: NatLab / Plaza Futura
More info: EU Tafel

Age of Wonderland - Big Data, Big Dada

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Can big and open data be a tool for social innovation?

Can it tackle the intricate global and local challenges our planet is facing? 

A Provocative Seminar with Age of Wonderland fellows:
Paz Bernaldo, Branly Lopez, Budi Prakoza,
and speakers of Tactical Tech, DatActive, IJsfontein and Hacking Habitat.

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How to take an activist attitude towards big data corporations? How can we view data as something that we can tap into to learn about ourselves and see a different angle in the discussion, and how we an attribute data to push for social innovation? These questions have moved from being niche discussions to topics designers, artists and engineers are working on, often in multi-disciplinary teams to cover the breadth of knowledge and skills needed to challenge global issues. We discuss the above and many other questions with Age of Wonderland fellows and many more great guests: Fieke Jansen (Tactical Tech), Jan Willem Huisman (IJsfontein) Kersti Wissenbach, (DatActive) and Ine Gevers (Hacking Habitat). We will be guided through these questions by Danielle Arets (Design Academy Eindhoven).

Big Data

The promise of big and open data has rebooted a tradition of positivist enlightened thinking, assuming that the analysis and application of large amounts of information will lead to a ‘better’ world. Easy data collection systems have enabled the quantification of our every move, activity and thought, and as such, has produced an endless repository of information. 
Data technology is able to visualise and crosslink matter, which would otherwise never be related to each other. This raises ethical questions on the mining of information, its ownership and the responsibility that goes with safeguarding our privacy. Anyone or any company with the access to data or the technology to ‘create’ data can become a revolutionary power. If data is the new gold, oil or solar energy we urgently need to explore new ways to discuss such topics.
The seminar is part of the Incubation Week from 23 May – 1 June in which the Age of Wonderland fellows 2016 present and start their projects. During their stay in Eindhoven they will establish new kinds of collaborations, develop their visions on social innovation and co-creation and explore knowledge exchange with local companies, artists, scientists and other creatives. The concepts, ideas and experiments that will develop are on show to the international public during Dutch Design Week.

Location: NatLab, Eindhoven
More info: Age of Wonderland

NATLAB – Moeder NATUUR als regisseur

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Genieten, je zintuigen prikkelen, kunnen verdwijnen in een andere wereld. Zowel Natlab als Natuurmonumenten bieden je die mogelijkheid. Wij sloegen eind 2015 de handen ineen en gingen op zoek naar een unieke filmen natuurbeleving voor de bezoekers van Natlab. De ingrediënten voor een film waren in ieder geval al aanwezig. Met moeder natuur als regisseur, een bekende boswachter als hoofdrolspeler, Natlab het theater en Strijp-S als het decor. Nieuwsgierig naar het resultaat? Laat je live meevoeren door boswachter Frans Kapteijns en ontdek dat de natuur dichterbij is dan je denkt.

Zodra hij begint te vertellen hang je aan zijn lippen. Hij weet van ieder ‘saai groen plantje’ een filmwaardig epos te maken. En niet alleen als hij in de natuurgebieden Kampina, Brunssummerheide of de Oisterwijkse Bossen rondwandelt. Ook midden in de stad weet Frans meer natuur te ontdekken dan je voor mogelijk hield. Tijdens een verkenningstocht op Strijp-S verbaasde de boswachter ons met de hoeveelheid verschillende planten die hier groeien. Hij ontdekte zelfs het holletje van een bosmuis middenin Strijp-S. Kijk naar wat hij zag en ga met hem in gesprek over de wonderen van de natuur, vooral als je die in close up ziet. Aansluitend aan deze film vindt als verrassing een exclusieve voorpremiere plaats van een indrukwekkende documentaire waarin zes jonge ecologen op zoek gaan naar oplossingen om de mensheid te redden, wanneer deze bedreigd wordt door de ineenstorting van de ecosystemen.

Locatie: Podiumzaal, NatLab
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Future Food Seminar

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The future food seminar will reflect on social innovation within the topic “From challenging to designing our future food system”.

As part of Age of Wonderland, a social innovation program by Hivos, Baltan Laboratories and the Dutch Design Week, the Future Food Seminar will reflect on social innovation. The seminar brings together a range of perspectives and thought-provoking ideas for the re-invention of global strategies for the design of our future food system.

Invited guest speakers from different backgrounds will share their ideas and insights. Selected policy makers, designers, researchers, CSOs, entrepreneurs and consumers from around the world will participate to discuss the issues at stake. The exchange of knowledge and solutions will provide input to design the future food system. The international creatives of the Age of Wonderland programme will be present to share their views, projects, and experiences. Confirmed speakers for the Future Food Seminar are: Marcel Beukeboom (Head Food & Nutrition Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Koert van Mensvoort (Artist and philosopher, founder of the Next Nature concept and ambassador of Dutch Design Week 2015),  Prof. dr. ir. Gerard de Vries (Former Head of project group WRR report “Towards a Food Policy” and Advisory member of the WRR), Camilla Toulmin (Economist/Senior Fellow of International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)), Nat Muller (Independent critic and curator of “The politics of Food” at Delfina Foundation in London (UK) and Mr. Ruyonga(Mayor of Fort Portal, Uganda).

More info: Age of Wonderland
Location: NatLab, Eindhoven
Organizers:  Baltan Laboratories, Hivos

FRIDAY AFTERNOON LECTURE #3 – Sara Diamond, President of the University of the imagination

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Data, data everywhere – how can we make it speak? 

We could describe data as the resource of the twenty-first century – gushing in plenitude; it must be harvested and refined to be of value. Visual analytics bears relevance to open government records, self-produced data, and health and industry data sets alike. In a data-based economy designers and artists must be integral to the creation of tools which convert data to manageable, meaningful and beautiful communication.

And a special performance by experimental guitar virtuoso Aart Strootman.

The talk will suggest a series of going concerns in the field of visual analytics, such as aesthetics, design methodologies, the use of metaphors. It will provide examples drawn from the work of OCAD University’s Visual Analytics Laboratory, research at the Centre for Information Visualization and Data Driven Design and the work of artists and designers. What skills sets are needed for the visual analytics researchers of the future?

About Dr. Sara Diamond

Dr. Sara Diamond is the President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering, a Masters in Digital Media theory and Honours Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and the winner of the 2013 GRAND NCE Digital Media Pioneer Award.  She founded and led the Banff New Media Institute from 1995-2005. Diamond is a data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and designer. She is co-principal investigator on the Centre for Information Visualization/Data Driven Design, leads OCAD University’s Visual Analytics Laboratory and holds significant funding from Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council. Her book (with Sarah Cook) Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Dialogues, a history of the boom, bust and reset years of the first wave of digital media is currently available; published by Banff Centre Press and Riverdale Architectural Press, University of Waterloo.

About Friday afternoon lectures

Gilles Holst, first Director of the famous Philips Natlab, already proclaimed in one of his official research reports, researchers with sufficient freedom and an open mind are most likely to be successfl. We – Baltan Laboratories, Holst Centre, TU Eindhoven, EIT ICT Labs and High Tech Campus Eindhoven believe this original vision for the Natlab could easily be forgotten in these times of increased specialization. Proactively addressing this issue, we committed ourselves to setting up a series of lectures that revive the original Natlab spirit. Are you a researcher, artist, designer or any other creative and inspired enthusiast? Then you should not miss out on this unique occasion to become inspired by top-notch speakers and to meet with like-minded souls.

Location: Gaslab, TU/e
More info: Baltan Website

Baltan Laboratories – Age of Wonder

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The beauty and terror of progress

28, 29 & 30 March 2014

Age of wonder is a festival of our times: difficult to capture in one sentence. It is probably best described as a string of longer TED-talks about big ideas, artistic experiments and mythic stories. The international programme takes from art, science and technology and consists of lectures, films and documentaries, installations, performances and more.

We live in interesting times. Our rapidly changing world makes us dream uncertainly of both utopian societies and nightmarish scenarios. We want to reinvent the world, society and our lives. For that, we need to look beyond our own frames of reference and specialisations.

During the festival Age of Wonder, we will zoom out at our spot on the timeline and look to the past and the future. With a distinctive programme focussing on bold visions and big ideas. In so doing, Age of Wonder takes the essence and the existence of the 100-year-old NatLab as a starting point: a space where, detached from the outside world and the issues of the day, you can open your mind full of wonder to insights old and new.

Location: Natlab, Eindhoven
More info: Age of Wonder site


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Lecture by Ivan Sutherland, “Inventor of the first graphical user interface”

Invited speaker of the second series of the Friday Afternoon Lectures is Ivan Sutherland (USA). In his talk Computers Yet to Come, Sutherland shares his vision on the essence of computing and computer programming, showing us that our current mode of operation is based on outdated paradigms that originate from the time that computers just started to emerge.

Computers Yet to Come

When computers were new, vacuum tube logic was very expensive relative to the wires used to communicate between logic units. The intervening 65 years have completely reversed that cost structure. Today, transistor logic is essentially free and communication is the major cost of computing. Wires for communication occupy nearly all chip area, cost most of the delay and, worst of all, charging and discharging wires costs most of the energy computers use. In spite of this complete reversal in the relative cost of logic and communication, there has been little change in how we compute. Programming languages still focus on operations and fail to provide control over communication. Ivan Sutherland will elaborate on possible angles to tackle this ‘mismatch’, for example by moving algorithms from software to hardware. We’re long overdue for a fresh look at the architecture of computing systems. ‘Computers yet to come’ will be very different from those of today.

Ivan Sutherland received his PhD from MIT in 1963. With a well-known thesis, called Sketchpad, he was involved in what was the first graphical computer interface. He holds ACMʼs Turing Award (the ‘Nobel prize of computing’) and the Kyoto Prize. Ivan is a full time Visiting Scientist in the Asynchronous Research Center at Portland State University, and holds more than 60 patents. Dr. Sutherland is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.

About ‘Friday afternoon lectures’

Gilles Holst, first Director of the famous Philips Natlab, already proclaimed in one of his official research reports, ‘researchers with sufficient freedom and an open mind are most likely to be successful’. We – Baltan Laboratories, Holst Centre, TU Eindhoven, EIT ICT Labs and High Tech Campus Eindhoven believe this original vision for the Natlab could easily be forgotten in these times of increased specialization. Proactively addressing this issue, we committed ourselves to setting up a series of lectures that revive the original Natlab spirit. Are you a researcher, artist, designer or any other creative and inspired enthusiast? Then you should not miss out on this unique occasion to become inspired by top-notch speakers and to meet with like-minded souls.

Location: Auditorium Natlab, Kastanjelaan 500, Strijp-S, Eindhoven
More info: Baltan Website is een platform dat zich richt op het live uitzenden en registreren van de cultuur van de stad. Muziek, symposia, theater, lezingen, debat, techniek, festivals, kortom 'dat' wat de stad doet leven!

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