Everyday Creativity
ACM Creativity & Cognition 2009
ACM 2009

Professor of Psychology & Management,
Claremont Graduate University, CA, USA.

Professor Mihály Csíkszentmihályi is the director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC) at the Drucker School. The QLRC is a non-profit research institute that studies "positive psychology"; that is, human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility. He is a member of the American Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Leisure Studies. Professor Csíkszentmihályi's publications include:

"Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention", New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

"Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience", New York: Harper & Row, 1990.

Director, Allosphere Research Laboratory,
California Nanosystems Institute, CA, USA.
Professor, Media Arts and Technology and Music.
Director, Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology,
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is a composer, Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music, and a researcher in multi-modal media systems, content and facilities design. She created, built, and designed the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology and is the Center Director since its inception in 1986. Her years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California, the Digital Media Innovation Program. She was Chief Scientist of the Program from 1998 to 2003. In 2000 she began the creation, design, and development of a Digital Media Center within the California Nanosystems Institute. The culmination of her design is the Allosphere Research Laboratory, a three-story metal sphere inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets.

A composer of mixed media works, she received her Ph.D in 1984 from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Her current music research is focusing on a general purpose interface for control of digital information through natural performance gesture. A composer of primarily electro-acoustic works, her music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Professor, Interdisciplinary Computing
Computing Department, Goldsmiths University of London, UK.

Professor Jane Prophet, a renowned British visual artist, uses traditional and new media and materials to produce surprising and beautiful objects. Site-specific installations include Conductor, a flooded power station lit with 120 electro luminescent cables. Decoy and The Landscape Room combine images of real and simulated landscapes, and in Model Landscapes uses rapid prototyping to make miniature trees from mathematical data. Prophet is the driving force in a number of internationally acclaimed projects that break new ground in art, technology and science. Her collaborations with stem cell researchers, mathematicians and heart surgeons radically re-envisage the human body. In 2005 she won a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts Fellowship to develop interdisciplinary artworks like Net Work (comprising hundreds of illuminated buoys) and Big Plastic Tree (an artwork built by robots). She is a Professor of Interdisciplinary Computing at Goldsmiths, London.

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