DCEXPO Special Session: The Future opened up by Intelligence and Art - Commemorating the 2020 Tsumugi & Takumi Awards - (Co-located with Inter BEE 2020)

Date and time 1:00pm-2:00pm, Wed., November 18
"ASIAGRAPH Tsumugi & Takumi Awards" Professor Kawaguchi, the world-renowned CG artist has presided over is in its 14th year.
This year's Tsumugi Award will be given to Sputniko! who is an artist and Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts. Takumi Award will be given to Yutaka Matsuo, a leading AI resercher and Professor of the University of Tokyo.
Now that the COVID-19 makes it difficult to see the future. What kind of hope for the future can intelligence and art lead to? How will the world and Japan change in the future?
Stay tuned for their heated discussion from an evolving AI and creative perspective!
Profile of speakers/performers
  • Yoichiro Kawaguchi
    Artist/Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo

    1952: Born in Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan 1976: Graduated from Kyushu Institute of Design (current Kyushu University) 1978: Graduated from the Graduate School of Tokyo University of Education (current University of Tsukuba) 1998: Promoted to Professor at Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering of the University of Tokyo (after prior teaching at University of Tsukuba as Assistant Professor) 2000 – Current: Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo He has been active as pioneer and world-wide authority of CG art utilizing his unique "GROWTH Model" and is still evolving as proven by such newest creations of his as 8K whole-sky planetarium image, large monuments, futurization of Japanese traditional art, construction of robotic objects, etc. He is also the first chairperson of the competition jury committee of Japan Media Arts Festival and the representative artist of Japan at 1995 Venice Biennale. He received "Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art" in 2010 from ACM SIGGRAPH, the Ministry of Education Award in the Art in 2013 from the Japanese Government and also given Medal with Purple Ribbon in the name of the Emperor in 2013. He had great success in holding solo exhibitions at both Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (MOCA Taipei) in 2017 and CDA (Centres des Arts numériques) in Enghien-les-Bains in 2018. In the same year, he won a prestigious award in France called Prix D'Honneur at Prix Bains Numériques and was also selected as member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy.

  • Yutaka Matsuo
    Professor of the University of Tokyo

    Yutaka Matsuo is a professor at Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo in 1997, 1999, and 2002. After working at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Stanford University, he joined the faculty of University of Tokyo in 2007. He served as Editor-in-chief from 2012 to 2014, and as the chair of the ELSI committee from 2014 to 2018 at Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI). He is now the president of Japanese Deep Learning Association (JDLA), and a member of the board of director at SoftBank Group Corp. He is working on artificial intelligence, especially on deep learning and web mining.

  • Sputniko!
    Artist/Associate Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts

    Born in 1985,Sputniko! is a Japanese/British artist based in Tokyo. Sputniko! is known for her film and multi-media installation works which explore the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies. She has recently presented her works in exhibitions such as the Cooper Hewitt DesignTriennial (2019,NY),"Broken Nature"Milan International Design Triennial (2019,Milan). Sputniko! is currently an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Arts. From 2013 to 2017,Sputniko! was an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab,where she founded and directed the Design Fiction group. She gave a TED talk as a TED Fellow in 2019 and she was also chosen as one of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2017.

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