Join us on Thursday, November 3 at Pier 17 for a panel discussion focusing on AI, misinformation, and the role of the arts and design.
Much more, what can art and design do to address these issues? A renewed focus on cultural impact in the technology innovation process is paving the way to build confidence in our institutions. In this salon, Nicolas Henchoz, chairman of Siggraph 2023 art papers and director of the Swiss EPFL+ECAL Lab will debate with an interactive panel on new practices and knowledge to bridge technology and culture together.
They will explore how new alliances bring unusual actors together, inspire ways to ensure technologies connect with humanity and leave no one behind. 700 years after the Renaissance, it's time to connect art, technology, and humanity again in a new innovative way.
- 5:00pm – Doors open
- 5:30pm – Panel discussion
- 6:00pm – Q&A
- 6:30pm – Networking reception
- 7:30pm – Event ends
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Nicolas HenchozFounding Director - EPFL+ECAL Lab
Nicolas Henchoz is the founding director of the EPFL+ECAL Lab, the Design Research Center of the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.
He is the Art Papers Chairman of Siggraph 2023, the world leading conference in Computer graphics and interaction techniques, in Los Angeles, which will celebrate it’s 50th edition. Engineer, Researcher, Art director, Science reporter, Manager, he has developed, in collaboration with the ECAL (Art and Design University, Lausanne) a unique vision of innovation blending cultural creativity with scientific practices, real life implantation and human observation to foster sustainable adoption. Research outcomes have led to many academic contributions like ISMAR, HFES, CHI, Siggraph, DRS or Leonardo.
His projects have received several awards including the International Design Festival Berlin, Best app of the year (Splash award), Design Prize Switzerland, Best User experience (Best of the Web). Nicolas Henchoz is a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Milano and member of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation.
He has curated more than 30 exhibitions in institutions like the American Institutes of Architecture (NYC), the Royal College of Art (London), the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris or Harvard University. He has been distinguished Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by French minister for culture and communication.
Benjamin Cedric LarsenAI/ML Project Lead - World Economic Forum
Benjamin Cedric Larsen is AI/ML Project Lead at the World Economic Forum's Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in AI Governance from Copenhagen Business School and was a visiting researcher at Stanford's Asia Pacific Research Center from 2019-2020 and The Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing from 2018-2019.
Benjamin's work is focused on establishing soft-law mechanisms and enhancing AI regulation and good governance principles and practices. His research has been featured in outlets such as The Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Competition Policy International, Brookings, Proceedings of the 2021 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society, New America, and The Asia Society.
Erin MaloneExperience Matters Design - Principal
Erin Malone is principal at Experience Matters Design, specializing in designing systems, complex tools, user research and social interfaces and is currently working with the Anti Defamation League's Center for Technology and Society working on creating tools to help mitigate hate in online social spaces.
She has spearheaded the ADL Social Pattern Library, which provides interaction design patterns & research for interface design recommendations to mitigate hate, harassment and misinformation. She is currently working on a book about women in Interaction Design to be published by MIT Press in spring 2024 and is the co-author of the book Designing Social Interfaces, 2nd and 1st editions, published by O’Reilly Media. She holds a BFA in Communication Design from East Carolina University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Lauren PfeiferCommunity Manager - NEAR Protocol
Lauren 'Lorny' Pfeifer is an operator, data scientist and venture capital investor. Currently she's a Community Manager at NEAR Protocol, a leading blockchain infrastructure startup in the Web 3.0 space and Venture Partner at Maschmeyer Group Ventures. She is also the Founder of the Web3 Community Collective, a professional and educational network of community professionals in Web3.
Prior to working in Web3, Lorny worked as a data scientist for 2 open source startups along with being a major contributor to Omdena projects. As a data scientist, her work focuses predominantly on racial equity in image data as well as computer vision applications in the health and climate spaces. Her research has been presented at the LatinX in AI workshop at NeurIPS 2020 and the National Institute of Health’s Working Group for Tick Borne Diseases.
Prior to data science, Lorny spent 5 years as a venture capital investor investing in startups focusing on artificial intelligence and digital health at 500 Startups and Maschmeyer Group Ventures. She is a champion for diversity and inclusion and was an original founder of LatinX in VC, an early contributor to LatinX in AI and one of the Founding Members of the AI Future Lab, an action tank and global community of next-gen leaders in artificial intelligence.
She is also an artist and musician with much of her artwork focusing on the relationships between humans and machine and generative art. She is a Fulbright Alumna, a 2018 USF Data Institute’s Deep Learning Diversity Fellow and NASA NCAS Scholar Alumna at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Institute. She’s an active member of the Global Shapers Community and was one of WEF’s Davos 50 for 2021 through her contributions towards the Davos Labs Dialogues.
Yannick HeinigerDeputy CEO, Swissnex in San Francisco
Yannick's passion is to bridge the gap between different ecosystems of innovation and enhance collaboration for social impact. A connector and an agenda setter, Yannick strives to develop communities of impact-driven innovators as part of Swissnex in San Francisco, the innovation outpost of Switzerland connecting with the West Coast of the United States in science, education and innovation. Yannick’s dream is to see a world where technology works for humanity, and leaves no one behind.
After 7 years working on partnerships, innovation and digital transformation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Yannick joined Swissnex in San Francisco in 2020, in the middle of the covid19 pandemic. As Deputy CEO, his main responsibilities are to lead the implementation of a new strategy and ensure the organization delivers on its mission to accelerate the impact of its partners.