Please join us for the Change Seminar tomorrow *Tuesday 10/30/2018* in *JHN

*Who:* Nadya Peek
*What:* Machine Agency
*When:* Tuesday, Oct 16th, 12-1pm
*Where:* Johnson Hall 111

*Machine Agency*
Abstract: How can we harness the precision of machines for the creativity
of individuals? Digital fabrication tools promise quality production in low
volume and are now accessible in maker spaces worldwide. However, the maker
context is very different from the historical industrial settings in which
digital fabrication was developed. Yet these differences have not led to
many changes in contemporary tools. I argue that personal fabrication
requires a rethinking of production infrastructure, and in this talk
outline a research roadmap for machine agency.

Bio: Nadya Peek develops unconventional digital fabrication tools, small
scale automation, networked controls, and advanced manufacturing systems.
Spanning electronics, firmware, software, and mechanics, her research
focuses on harnessing the precision of machines for the creativity of

Nadya directs the Machine Agency at the University of Washington where she
is an assistant professor in Human-Centered Design and Engineering.
Machines and systems Nadya has built are shared widely including at
SIGGRAPH, CHI, Guggenheim Berlin, and the White House Maker Faire, and she
has given keynotes at Chaos Computer Congress, SolidCon, and H.O.P.E. Nadya
is an active member of the global fab lab community, making digital
fabrication more accessible with better CAD/CAM tools and developing open
source hardware machines and control systems. She is VP of the Open Source
Hardware Association, half of the design studio James and the Giant Peek,
plays drum machines and synths in the band Construction and got her PhD at
MIT in the Center for Bits and Atoms.
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