April 25, 2005

C.U. Technology Symposium Held

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A Cornell symposium on Affect, Interaction and Technology drew prominent academics from across a range of disciplines to Goldwin Smith Hall last Friday and Saturday.

Through a campus workshop, a series of lectures and an open discussion, theoreticians and practitioners in diverse fields such as humanities, social sciences, arts and information science explored the idea of affect and its influence in technology and digital art.

Affect is a term that inspires heavy debate in many academic circles. “Most broadly, affect is defined as emotions or subjective aspects of an experience,” said event co-organizer Prof. Phoebe Sengers, information science.

Fellow organizer Prof. Mar