Our research in understanding and Accelerating Human Imagination spurs our ability to transform the human condition through The Study and Production of Speculative Culture. We integrate activities across various Labs on campus and connect with other researchers and organizations around the world.

Accelerating Human Imagination

What is the neuroscience of Imagination? How does Imagination occur in society? What methods might create positive feedback loops in imagination?

Imaginarium


The Imaginarium at The Arthur C. Clarke Center For Human Imagination is an interdisciplinary research laboratory exploring the nature of distributed creativity in the natural setting of brain storming, design and creative expression.

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Cognition and the Arts


Is creativity in the arts different than creativity in science? The one produces performance and enduring visual structure, the other produces theory, formalism, and experiment. The arts seems rooted in bodily experience, whereas science seems to soar beyond the tangible to the ethereal and mathematical.

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STEAM


Art is a catalyst for imagination. Injecting artistic practices into learning in general, and specifically into fields such as the sciences, and engineering can improve innovative outcomes and broaden their impact. Data-driven performance, sensory transformation, architectural mapping, and metaphor are all tools being used to better understand the Universe and our place within it.

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    MDONS http://mdons.ucsd.edu


    Multiuser Distributed Online Neuroscience (MDONS) is a multi-user virtual world in which participant’s mind states are assessed with a combination of EEG and behavioral data analysis. The aim is to modulate insight and confusion in a multi-user artwork.

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    VirBELA http://virbela.com


    VirBELA is a learning and development organization that provides innovative cyber-technologies to improve global educational experiences that empower individuals, teams and organizations.

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    The Study and Production of Speculative Culture

    Develop imagination to help individuals and societies better anticipate the world to come. Create works of culture which help us peer beyond the edges of our current condition and provide insight into how our changing present shapes our future. Examine how our expectations and claims about the future are produced or reified by our present. Integrate the discoveries of cognitive and neuroscience into new cultural activities Understand models of viable cultural speculation from science fiction.

    Galaxy Garden


    The Galaxy Garden is a 100-foot diameter outdoor scale model of the Milky Way, mapped in living plants and flowers and based on current astrophysical data.

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    Assembly http://imagination.ucsd.edu/assembly/


    Assembly is a project that uses a platform we are developing to enable our computing systems to evolve and learn, providing emergent behavior out of the interactions between data and users. A first demonstration of this approach is a project called “Assembly” in which an algorithmic basis of evolutionary processes has been created.

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    Project Planetaria


    Project Planetaria was founded in 2011 by UCSD faculty Adam Burgasser (Physics), Tara Knight (Theatre & Dance) and Michael Trigilio (Visual Arts), with the goal of investigating astronomical phenomena outside traditional modes.  They seek to engage multiple senses, embody experience, explore social analogs, break down time and space barriers, and incorporate participatory behaviors.  Their work is funded by the UCSD Center for Humanities and an Open Classroom grant from the UC Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).

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    Scalable City


    Scalable City creates an urban/suburban/rural environment via a data visualization pipeline. Each step in this pipeline builds upon the previous, amplifying exaggerations, artifacts and the patterns of algorithmic process. The results of this are experiences such as prints, video installations and interactive multi-user games and virtual environments.

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    Deep Address


    Deep Address, a research initiative of The Center for Design and Geopolitics (D:GP), is exploring the technological and philosophical implications of new communication and addressing protocols, such as IPv6, and their implications for design at multiple scales.

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      Tricorder XPRIZE


      Healthcare in the Palm of Your Hand. Erik Viirre is the medical and technical director of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.

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      Labs

      Our researchers have labs that are pushing the frontiers of human understanding and capabilities - ranging from our knowledge of the universe to that of the mind to the leading edges of computational science.

      Imaginarium


      The Imaginarium at The Arthur C. Clarke Center For Human Imagination is an interdisciplinary research laboratory exploring the nature of distributed creativity in the natural setting of brain storming, design and creative expression.

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      Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience


      The goal of the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience is to observe and model how functional activities in multiple brain areas interact dynamically to support human awareness, interaction and creativity.

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      CHMPR


      The NSF Center for Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) and its affiliated industry and government partners aim to be recognized globally as the preeminent cooperative research consortium for addressing the productivity, performance and scalability issues in meeting the insatiable computational demands of its sponsors applications through the continuous evolution of multicore architectures and open source tools.

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      Cool Star Lab


      Our research focuses on the properties of the lowest mass stars and coldest brown dwarfs. We use observational techniques to infer the physical properties of these objects, search for and characterize multiple systems, and measure population statistics. Our primary tools are spectroscopy, imaging, radio interferometry, and synoptic monitoring. And lots of karaoke!

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      Coleman Lab


      The Coleman Lab's research focuses primarily on human-machine interfaces, EEGs, and non invasive neural measurement processes. Several current projects include the Brain-Machine Interfaces(BMI), Machine Learning in Dynamic Interacting Networks,  and cooperative agents. 

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      Saygin Lab


      The Saygin Lab's research broadly concerns human social cognition and human-agent interaction. Their approach is interdisciplinary and cross-methodology. Their goal is on the one hand to improve our understanding of human perception and social cognition, and on the other, to guide the design, development and evaluation of artificial agents that are well designed for their uses and adapted to the brains of their creators.

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