A Novel, Highly Programmable Interactive Surface

Prof. Saeid Nahavandi (Deakin University)

The idea of the project is the creation of a dynamically responsive surface that configures in real-time according to input from a variety of electronic inputs (movements, sound, etc). As such, it can be thought of as a three-dimensional screen, but one that can be attuned to its surrounding environment, creating the potential of a physically responsive architecture. It may also be used to display text or images, responding rapidly enough to be able to map the movements and sounds of people. Therefore, it can function alternately as a tactile mirror and an information surface, the architecture coming into being 'as event' only through interaction with people. Conceptually, the project takes the calculating speed of the computer into three-dimensional space, using a matrix of actuators to deform a pliable surface in response to 'real-time' events. The principle of coordinated 3-dimensional variability evidently extends to a wide range of possible applications. It may serve, for instance, to open and close elements of the facade of a building which would respond to climatic conditions as a "breathing skin", continually recalibrating according to detected changes in ambient weather.

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About the Speaker: SAEID NAHAVANDI

SAEID NAHAVANDI received BSc (Hons), MSc and a PhD in Automation from Durham University (UK). In 1991 he joined Massey University (NZ) where he taught and led research in robotics. In 1998 he joined Deakin University and now holds the Chair in Engineering. Professor Nahavandi is the leader for the Intelligent Systems research group and also Manager for the Cooperative Research Centre for CAST Metals Manufacturing.

Professor Nahavandi has been an active researcher in the area of Intelligent Automation and Intelligent Systems since 1986. He won the title of Young Engineer of the Year for his novel intelligent robotic end effector in 1996. Professor Nahavandi received the Best Paper Award at the World Automation Congress 2000 in the USA for his contributions to control system design. In 2002 Professor Nahavandi became Consultant to Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA). In 2003 Professor Nahavandi was an invited speaker at the 2003 BISC FLINT-CIBI International Joint Workshop on Soft Computing for Internet and Bioinformatics Frontiers - University of California at Berkeley. He was also Invited speaker at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena, USA, July 2002 and Keynote speaker at three international conferences including the IEEE International conference on DSP in Communication, Feb. 1999, Perth. Professor Nahavandi was the General Chair For World Manufacturing Congress 97 (NZ), Co-Chair for International Symposium on Manufacturing with Applications (ISOMA 98, Alaska), Chair for International Symposium on Manufacturing with Applications (ISOMA’2000, Hawaii), Co-Chair - The IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology (IEEE ICIT 2001), General Chair - International Congress on Autonomous Intelligent Systems (2002, Deakin),

Professor Nahavandi holds the position of Editor for the International Journal Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing (South Pacific region) and International Journal of Computational Intelligence (Editorial Board member).

Professor Nahavandi has been awarded 8 ARC research grants in the past five years and several industry based research grants for a total of over $6.8 M. Professor Nahavandi received the Research collaboration / initiatives award from Japan (2000) and Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award in 1994. He is currently supervising 7 PhD and 4 Masters of Engineering students and previously supervised 7 PhD and 12 Masters to successful completion.

Professor Nahavandi holds one patent on robotic end effector and has published over 185 peer reviewed papers and is the recipient of four international awards in Engineering. He is a Fellow of IEAust and IEE.