About the RAD Lab: The RAD Lab was founded in 2013 by Amy LaViers who continues to manage the group as an assistant professor in mechanical engineering. Amy has a CMA from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, a PhD and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Certificate in Dance from Princeton University. She became a roboticist as soon as she realized that roboticists ask the same questions as dancers: “how should we move through space?” Her lab’s focus is on the design of embodied abstractions for high-level control of automated systems. Choreography and taxonomies like the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System allow the lab to study explicit strategies of embodiment and human movement creation to this end. The lab has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), DARPA, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, NIST, the Jefferson Trust, the University of Virginia, and the University of Illinois. It has produced ten academic publications as well as many more workshop and university presentations since its founding. Current members include Ishaan Pakrasi and Novoneel Chakraborty who co-created the technology driving Time to Compile and in doing so are co-choreographers. Other lab members are Umer Huzaifa, Madison Heimerdinger, Alexander Zurawski, and Jamie Sergey.
More here – http://radlab.mechse.illinois.edu
About Catie: Catie is a dancer and technologist based out of Brooklyn. She is a 2018 TED Resident. A California native, she graduated with High Honors from the University of California, Berkeley and was a visiting student at the University of Oxford, New College. Her performance credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and numerous Off-Broadway projects. She has presented her choreography at dozens of venues, including the Brooklyn Dance Festival and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is currently interested in the influence of consumer facing technologies on human physicality and sentiment. Catie’s work explores relationships between self/other, self/self, and self/space – categorizing embodied technologies as “other”. In addition to performing, she worked at Google/YouTube, Bain & Company, and as a producer for clients such as L’Oreal, Pernod Ricard, and Gaynor Minden. Her photography has appeared in Variety, Contrast Magazine, and on the TV show, Nashville.
More here – www.catiecuan.com