KENT LARSON – GUEST LECTURE


11 JULY, 11:30 – 1:00  DESIGN HALL, BALDWIN SPENCER BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Kent Larson from the Media Lab at MIT will be giving a guest lecture during the Creative Computing Workshop.

Kent Larson directs the Changing Places research group at the MIT Media Lab.  He is also director of the MIT House_n Research Consortium and the MIT Living Labs initiative in the School of Architecture and Planning.  Current research is focused on three related areas:

1) Responsive Urban Housing.  Strategies to disentangle places of living into three independently configured layers: high performance chassis, integrated infill, and responsive façade modules to create zero-energy, mass-customized, scalable housing.   The group’s Open Prototype Initiative has completed several prototypes created with these concepts, including a zero-energy home at Unity College, Maine for the school’s president.

2) Ubiquitous Technologies.  Wireless sensing, algorithms, and interfaces to understand and respond to human activity.  Projects range from fine-grain activity recognition using wearable accelerometers, a persuasive thermostat using GPS location of occupants, and a context-aware tunable LED lighting for office environments.

3) Living Lab Experiments.  Deploying and testing design and technology solutions in actual living environments.   Studies have been conducted at the scale of the person, home, office, and city.

Kent Larson will also be giving a public lecture entitled:

Changing Places: Responsive housing, mobility systems, and networked intelligence for future cities

Friday 22 July 2011
6.15pm-7.15pm
Prince Philip Theatre
Ground Floor, Architecture Building
The University of Melbourne

For more information regarding Kent Larson’s work http://web.media.mit.edu/~kll