Susan Eriksson Joins ArtSciLab as a Research Fellow!

Susan C. Eriksson is a geologist, educator, and artist, with a specialty in translating cutting-edge scientific research into programs that impact students and society. She has served as a research scientist for a major oil company; faculty, administrator, and museum director at Virginia Tech; and Education and Outreach Director for UNAVCO, an NSF facility for geodetic research and for the Earth Observatory of Singapore.

She supports an emerging community of scientists and artists working together in the subject of the Earth by founding  Bella Roca, a website with news and articles on people and events in the geoscience and art arena and by co-convening several sessions on geoscience and art at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting.

Susan has exhibited her Earth-inspired art work nationally at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Eriksson is also an independent consultant in strategic planning and evaluation of STEM programs.

Dr Eriksson is producer of the podcast channel on Art and Earth Sciences on the ArtSciLab Creative Disturbance project ( www. )

The EODIAH – UTD Leonardo Initiatives “Generation 0: Chronicles of the Art-and-Technology Vanguard”

The University of Texas at Dallas’ new Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History (EODIAH) and the Leonardo Initiatives of ATEC at UTD are pleased to announce the Leonardo Generation 0 Project, an open and expanding archive of the foundational forces in art-and-technology.


After the Second World War, two major developments transformed the cultural landscape: the digital computer and discoveries in the realm of genetics. The Leonardo Generation 0 Project chronicles the multi-perspectival merger between technology and art from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Generation 0 amplifies the voices of pioneering and influential artists, engineers, curators, and key organizations through a growing databank of written first-person accounts and podcast recordings. The project seeks to document the experiences of those most closely involved in the creation of digital art, the biological arts, new media art, and computer art using the tools of the digital humanities. Leonardo Generation 0 shares the unique perspectives in a style that is at once embracing and accessible, intellectually rigorous yet casual. This new project is aimed at uncovering a rich, if somewhat underappreciated, time in art history by recording the memories of the pioneers.


The Generation 0 Project is part of the Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers project of the Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et Techno-Sciences in Paris, and in collaboration with its director, Annick Bureaud. Memoirs are being published both on the Pioneers and Pathbreakers website at and in the Leonardo Journal art history section edited by Professor David Carrier:


The co-directors of the Generation 0 Project are Professor Roger Malina, an affiliate faculty member of the EODIAH and an ATEC Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Dr. Charissa Terranova, an Associate Professor of Art History in EODIAH. ATEC ArtSciLab Research Fellow, Poe Johnson, a University of Texas at Dallas PhD student, coordinates the project. Their varied perspectives and skill sets embody the hybridity of the memoirs project itself, and the philosophy of University of Texas at Dallas ATEC and Arts & Humanities programs.


Among the recent memoirs are an inside account of the workings of Bell Labs from A Michael Noll, Helen and Newton Harrison about their early work in art and environment, Frieder Nake views as a pioneering German computer artist, Trudy Reagan early days of the YLEM organization.


Submissions for the Pioneers and Pathbreakers memoir project are decided and peer reviewed by The Frieda Ackerman Committee: Marc Battier, Paul Brown, Annick Bureaud, David Carrier, Joel Chadabe, Anne Collins, Eduardo Kac, Roger Malina, Patrick McCray, Frieder Nake, Louise Poissant, Eddie Shanken, and Charissa Terranova. The call for memoirs is available at

New Research Assistant in ArtSciLab – Anvit Srivastav

We are pleased to introduce the new Research Assistant in the ArtScilab.

Anvit Srivastav is a master’s student in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his bachelor’s in Information technology from Jaypee Institute of Information technology in India. He has worked extensively with web technologies and is skilled in Ruby on rails, Javascript and, PHP. His areas of interest are Game development, Cloud computing, Web design and, Network security. He is currently specializing in the field of Information assurance. In his spare time, he likes to work on music production, digital art and play the guitar. He is a huge metal head and is always up for concerts if you’re looking for someone to go with.

Anvit will be working on our DataRemix project with Connectome data and on the Creative Disturbance project.

Maximilian Schich to judge for the Web Science 2014 Visualization Challenge

Maximilian Schich has been named a judge for the Web Science 2014 Visualization Challenge

“We are delighted to announce the Web Science 2014 Visualization Challenge!
The web has generated huge amounts of data at massive scale, but making sense of these datasets and representing them in a compact and easily-interpretable way remains very difficult. The goal of this challenge is to encourage innovative visualizations of web data. We particularly encourage entries that reflect the interdisciplinary spirit of the Web Science conference. To enable this visualization, we have prepared several large-scale, easy-to-use, publicly-available datasets:

1. Web traffic data, including more than 200 million HTTP requests from browsers to servers;
2. Twitter data, including a sample of more than 22 million tweets;
3. Social bookmarking data, consisting of about 430,000 bookmarked pages;
4. Co-authorship of academic papers, consisting of about 21.5 million papers and 10.8 million authors

Complete details on these datasets are available here:

All of the datasets are stored in simple file formats, so that they can be easily used without much technical expertise.

We are pleased to offer a cash prize of at least $1000 to be split among the winning entries. Winners will be announced and displayed at the WebScience conference in June 2014, presented on the WebScience website, and the winners will be encouraged to present a poster at the conference describing their work. The entries will be judged based on four criteria: (1) innovative use of data, (2) clarity of visualization, (3) quality of design, and (4) potential impact.

1. For fairness, the visualization must be primarily based on the data that we provide. Other datasets may be used to augment ours, but these datasets must be publicly-available and described in detail in the documentation (see #4 below).
2. The visualization must be a static image, and must be submitted as a PDF. In addition to the main PDF, please submit a PNG version at a resolution of about 640×480, for display on web pages, social media sites, mobile devices, etc. This PNG version need not contain the full visualization, but should be an appropriate representation (e.g. a subset of the full PDF).
3. Please include a separate PDF file containing a description of the visualization, including: (1) name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information of the creator(s), (2) the purpose of the visualization, (3) which dataset(s) were used, (4) a brief description of how the visualizations was created, and (5) any other information you would like to share with the judges.
4. By submitting your visualization, you agree to allow us to display your visualization at the conference and on the Web Science website and social media channels. (We will give proper attribution, of course.) You also certify that you are the copyright holder of the visualization and are authorized to give us this permission.
5. Entries are due by 11:59PM Hawaii time on April 15, 2014. Please e-mail your entry to David Crandall. (If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, your entry has not been received and should be re-sent.)

Panel of judges:
Yong-Yeol Ahn, Indiana University
Katy Borner, Indiana University
Mark Meiss, Google
Dimitar Nikolov, Indiana University
Maximilian Schich, University of Texas”

Cellphonia: ATECEMAC (2013)

As part of the Edith O Donnell Art and Technology building we announce a Cell Phone Opera: CELLPHONIA ATECEMAC

Contribute to the opera by phoning 1-972-696-7161 Talk or sing for 15 seconds or just hang up.

Cellphonia: ATECEMAC was formulated around the concept of moving through time before, during and on into the future in the new Edith O Donnell ATEC building at Univ. Texas at Dallas. 

The participants are asked to “press” a number to answer one of the three questions:

Where is the new excitement in art and technology?
Where are you right now, in the ATEC building?
What is a story about ATEC’s past?

The automated server then puts their various responses into three
sound storage locations: Future-Now-Then.

The score reflects the decision of the participant with the caveat that each new call is placed at the very beginning of the piece in a prelude as all the older calls ripple down into the score to be played in a new time in the context of the re-rendered score. In this way the piece is completely recreated with each new phone call.

CELLPHONIA was developed by Scot Gresham-Lancaster and Steve Bull and is a collaboration between the ATEC Sound Design Research Initiative and the ATEC ArtSciLab.

To hear the CELLPHONIA ATECEMAC opera go to