When dancers and pigeons meet

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CASA had a bit of a mini outing to TEDx LSE at the weekend – I was speaking (on the topic “Ideas are Sociable”), and PhD students Panos Mavros and Steve Gray ran workshops on cognitive geography and social media, respectively. Additionally, we made the mistake of letting dancers Carina Arvizu and Karine Rathle loose on the Kinect-enabled PigeonSim – with incredible results:

(Mostly, they just used it in a normal way, but made it look way more graceful than anyone else:)

It was a great conference full of fascinating speakers – being in the same session as Helens Arney and Scales and Beau Lotto was a joy and privilege. I was manning the stand so didn’t see all the talks – but I was able to catch Ellie Saltmarshe’s talk on the value of polymathism, which particularly chimed with my own; and Paul Ormerod always has interesting things to say.

It was a lot of fun for us to find groups of people interested in mapping, sensing and the use of these increasingly ubiquitous and powerful technologies. For many people, use of these technologies, or developing these tools as a hobby, has great value – but if you want to take it a step further and are considering studying at a postgraduate level, we’ll be at the Bartlett Potgraduate Open Day on March 27th with Pigeon Sim and the London Data table, and on hand to chat about our research and the MRes course. The rest of the Bartlett will be there too, and it should be a really good day. The eventbrite is here if you want to sign up.

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