IF TODAY WE PROGRAM
COMPUTERS AND MACHINES,
TOMORROW WE WILL
PROGRAM MATTER ITSELF.

In the last decades, developments in software and hardware technologies have created dramatic shifts in design, manufacturing and research. Software technologies have facilitated automated process and new solutions for complex problems. Computation has also become a platform for creativity through generative art and design. New hardware platforms and digital fabrication technologies have similarly transformed manufacturing, offering more efficient production and mass customization. Such advances have helped catalyzed the maker-movement, democratizing design and maker culture. This influx of new capabilities to design, compute and fabricate like never before, has sparked a renewed interest in material performance.
We are now witnessing significant advances in active matter, 3D/4D Printing, materials science, synthetic biology, DNA nanotechnology and soft robotics, which have led to the convergence of software, hardware and material technologies and the growing field of programmable materials.

This conference is about the emerging field of active matter and programmable materials that bridges the worlds of art, science, engineering and design, demonstrating new perspectives for computation, transformation and dynamic material applications.

If over the past few decades we have experienced a software revolution, and more recently, a hardware revolution, this conference aims to discuss the premisses, challenges and innovations brought by today’s materials revolution. We can now sense, compute, and actuate with materials alone, just as we could with software and hardware platforms previously. How does this shift influence materials research, and how does it shape the future of design, arts, and industrial applications? What tools and design processes do we need to advance, augment and invent new materials today? What are the key roles that industry, government, academic and public institutions can play in catalyzing the field of programmable materials?
This two-day conference will consist of a range of talks and lively discussion from leading researchers in materials science, art & design, synthetic biology and soft-robotics along with leaders from government, public institutions and industry.

 

SPEAKERS 
Achim Menges
ICD Stuttgart
Daniela Rus Group
MIT
Marcelo Coelho
Marcelo Coelho Studio
Peng Yin
Harvard University
Alfredo Alexander-Katz
MIT
Erik Demaine
MIT
Markus Beuhler
MIT
Rob Wood
Harvard University
Arthur Olson
The Scripps Research Institute
Fio Omenetto
Tufts University
Michael Dickey &
Ying Liu
NC State University
Simon Kim &
Mariana Ibanez
University of Pennsylvania &
Harvard University
Athina Papadopoulou
MIT, Organiser
Heinrich Jaeger
MIT
Neil Gershenfeld
MIT
Skylar Tibbits
MIT, Organiser
Ben Aranda &
Chris Lasch
Aranda/Lasch
Hod Lipson
Cornell University
Neri Oxman
MIT
Suzanne Lee
Modern Meadowy
Carlos Olguin
& Tom Wujec
Autodesk
Jennifer Lewis &
Sydney Gladman
Harvard University
Paola Antonelli
MoMA
Tal Danino
MIT
Christophe Cross &
Vincent Loubiere
Airbus
Jenny Sabin
Cornell University
Paul McEuen
Cornell University
Tomas Saraceno
Artist
Christophe Guberan
Product Designer
Junus Khan
Carbitex
Pedro Reis
MIT
 
  Lodvaca Illari
MIT
Peko Hosoi
MIT
 

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