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January 14|25 2018

The future of blurred boundaries between humans and machines is a recurrent theme in science fiction. This future is today.

Join us for two weeks of discussions, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and cultural and recreational events that will inspire our shared vision for a brighter, human-machine future. 

Is the future human?

Sensors monitor our state, health and behavior, relaying this data to configure a digital signature that is as much part of us as our biometric traits. Fed at petabyte levels, our digital signatures allow increasingly powerful machine learning algorithms to learn from the continuous data streams we generate and anticipate our needs and behaviors as consumers. 

Machine learning algorithms can increasingly mimic the function of our brain and will soon establish a direct interface that allows for the seamless control of robots. Robots are endowed with powerful sensorial capacities in order to interact with other humans, as well as their robotic avatars, through virtual networks that may eventually replace much of our human-to-human interactions. 

While this human-machine future offers to bring about unlimited potential, it also creates risks—of losing our privacy and the social traits inherent to our human nature. We live in a world where machines are increasingly embedded in our everyday lives. Machines shape our individual identities, social interactions, and society as a whole. During the 2018 Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), we invite you to immerse yourself in a diverse and stimulating program, touching on the opportunities and risks of a future where the boundaries between machines and humans will become even more diffuse. 

 



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Advanced Running Academy 3/3

Location: Harbor Sports Club

By Abdullah Aljoud | Abdullah Dehwah | Maher Uraijah | Miznah Al-Nassar

Advanced runners, register now to improve your running techniques with an Olympic runner  This advanced running academy is managed by Saudi Olympic professional runner, Abdullah A ... more

Program Your Own Swarm 3/3

Location: Bldg. 9 Computer Lab 2221 ≤ 18

By Andrew Vardy

Program Your Own Swarm of (Simulated) Robots Swarm robotics is the study of multi-robot systems inspired by animal collectives (e.g. ants and bees). One of the main ideas of swarm robotics is that th ... more

The Science of Storytelling 5/5

Location: Spine Auditorium between Buildings 4 & 5

By Ian McLeod | Jon Rawlinson | Mark Ziembicki | Todd Nims

Science and technology have vital roles to play in helping solve the world’s great challenges Science and technology have great potential for solving local and global issues. In order to contri ... more

Make Your Stuff Talk: Workshop & Hackathon 3/5

Location: University Library, Level 3, Computer Lab 3134 ≤ 33

By Make & Create Team

Workshop & Hackathon The modern interface between humans and machines is rapidly changing with new developments such as voice control, conversational user interfaces, as well as networked haptic ... more

Cornell Entrepreneurship 9/14

Location: Building 19, Level 3, Conference Hall 1 & 2

By Chad Carlos | Ryan Coles | Thomas Kurz | Wesley Sine

KAUST Cornell Entrepreneurship Program KAUST is pleased to announce a partnership with Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management to offer a certificate program in entrepreneurship. Thi ... more

Visualizing the Human Machine Future Exhibition - JAN 18

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Anastasia Khrenova

About this Exhibition This exhibition will focus on visualization from the viewer’s perspective and will showcase photographs and scientific illustrations. It will be dispalyed from& ... more

Knowing How to See Exhibition - JAN 18

Location: Al-Khawarizmi East (Bldg. 1), Entrance Hall

By Al Khwarizmi Group

Photography is a Bridge Between Art and Mathematics The starting point of this exhibition is to translate the language and the insights of mathematics into photographic images and vice versa.  ... more

Facebook On-Air Interview with Jeffrey Schnapp

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Jeffrey Schnapp

The KAUST Facebook On-Air Series with Jeffrey Schnapp *Speaker to be confirmed Jeffrey is the founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard University, Chief Executive Officer, and co-founder of ... more

Underwater Robots that Explore the Oceans - Tour 1

Location: Building 27 at the Parking lot

By Thomas Hoover

The Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab operates and maintains many underwater vehicles for use in scientific applications. The lab has several gliders, which are used for continuous and autonomous ... more

Aramco Robotics Lab Tour & Presentation 1

Location: Innovation Cluster III (Bldg. 24) - Lobby in front of the Coffee Bean

By Brian Parrot | Fadl Abdel Latif | Hassane Trigui

The Intelligent Systems Team is a part of Saudi Aramco’s Research and Development Department and is one of three research groups that are based at KAUST in the innovation cluster. The team was f ... more

Underwater Robots that Explore the Oceans - Tour 2

Location: Building 27 at the Parking lot

By Thomas Hoover

The Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab operates and maintains many underwater vehicles for use in scientific applications. The lab has several gliders, which are used for continuous and autonomous ... more

Underwater Robots that Explore the Oceans - Tour 3

Location: Building 27 at the Parking lot

By Thomas Hoover

The Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab operates and maintains many underwater vehicles for use in scientific applications. The lab has several gliders, which are used for continuous and autonomous ... more

The Role of Machines in Fitness and Training

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Abdullah Aljoud | Amal Baatia | Ebtisam Bakhsh | Gregory Murphy | Maher Uraijah

Join us for a discussion with Amal Baatia, Abdullah Aljoud and Ebtisam Bakhsh Amal is the first Saudi female cross-fit coach in the country, Abdullah is a Saudi runner who competed in the 2 ... more

Aramco Robotics Lab Tour & Presentation 2

Location: Innovation Cluster III (Bldg. 24) - Lobby in front of the Coffee Bean

By Brian Parrot | Fadl Abdel Latif | Hassane Trigui

The Intelligent Systems Team is a part of Saudi Aramco’s Research and Development Department and is one of three research groups that are based at KAUST in the innovation cluster. The team was f ... more

Interactive Virtual Reality Art Exhibit: Google Tilt Brush - JAN 18

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Visual Experience

Paint Inside a Virtual World with Google Tilt Brush Virtual reality is at the frontier of novel human machine interfaces. At this interactive exhibit you can paint inside a virtual world.  By e ... more

VR Lounge Jan 18

Location: Spine

VR Lounge is Saudi Arabia’s first virtual reality (VR) gaming hub and lounge. What is VR? Well it’s rather quite simple; it’s a simulated environment in which a user is immersed thro ... more

Movability or Autonomy for Humans

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Jeffrey Schnapp

A human-centered approach to the design of smart robotic vehicles  Contrary to the feverish promises of early 20th century futurists, the romance of the road has driven humanity down a dead end. ... more

Alumni Lecture Series

Location: Bldg. 9 Lecture Hall 2322 ≤ 154

By Fernando Cagua | Hanan Alshehri | Hussain Shibli | Laszlo Toth | Sultan Safin

Join us for the annual Alumni Lecture Series, a highlight in the University’s event calendar! We welcome the return to KAUST of five alumni who’ll present highlights from their work in bu ... more

Cornell Entrepreneurship 10/14

Location: Building 19, Level 3, Conference Hall 1 & 2

By Chad Carlos | Ryan Coles | Thomas Kurz | Wesley Sine

KAUST Cornell Entrepreneurship Program KAUST is pleased to announce a partnership with Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management to offer a certificate program in entrepreneurship. Thi ... more

Facebook On-Air Interview with Oussama Khatib

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Oussama Khatib

The KAUST Facebook On-Air Series with Oussama Khatib *Speaker to be confirmed Oussama Khatib is the Director of the Robotics Lab at Stanford University.  Facebook On-Air consists of ... more

Farmers Market - Thursday

Location: Discovery Square

The KAUST Farmers Market, part of the sustainable food movement, will feature on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 locally sourced produce, nuts, seeds, honey, and fresh fish for purchase.  This ev ... more

Video Conference Lecture by Robert Langer

Location: Building 19, Level 3, Conference Hall 3

By Robert Langer

Robert Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT. His h-index of 233 is the highest of any engineer in history and he has over 1,130 issued and pending patents worldwide and his patents have licens ... more

Short Concert on Stage – Klungbot, the Robot

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Eko Budi

About this Musical Performance A Klungbot robot will offer a musical performance prior to the keynote lecture The Age of Human-Robot Collaboration: Deep Sea Exploration by Oussama Khatib, Director of ... more

The Age of Human-Robot Collaboration: Deep Sea Exploration

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Oussama Khatib

Deep Sea Exploration The promise of oceanic discovery has intrigued scientists and explorers for centuries, whether to study underwater ecology and climate change, or to uncover natural resources and ... more

The Science of Storytelling Awards

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Ian McLeod | Jon Rawlinson | Mark Ziembicki | Todd Nims

Science and technology have great potential for solving local and global issues. In order to contribute effectively to social debates, decision making it is critical that scientists be able to convey ... more

Beginners Running Academy 3/3

Location: Harbor Sports Club

By Abdullah Aljoud | Abdullah Dehwah | Maher Uraijah | Miznah Al-Nassar

Beginner runners, register now to improve your running techniques with an Olympic runner  This beginners academy is managed by Saudi Olympic professional runner, Abdullah Alj ... more