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The faculty and staff of the Herberger Institute engage in research projects that address today’s most pressing challenges. We position artists and designers at the center of public life in order to advance culture, build equitable communities, and imaginatively engage the urgent questions and problems of our time.

Dense life-log health analytics from wearable sensors using functional analysis and Riemannian geometry

Dense life-long health analytics

The proliferation of wearable devices for health promotion has resulted in an explosion of time-series data, resulting in tens of millions of data points captured. Mathematical methods that can fully process this kind of rich data have been lacking.

Automatic Gunshot Detection

Automatic gunshot detection

The challenge was to develop a device that could determine the location of a gunshot in a remote rainforest and notify a security team of the likely position of poachers

Studio for the Future of Arts and Culture

Studio for the Future of Arts and Culture

For the past two decades, arts leaders have been beset by tectonic changes in arts practice and participation resulting from shifts in demographics, new technology, distribution systems, and patterns of cultural engagement. Existing business models in both the commercial and nonprofit arts are proving inadequate to these new realities.

CAREER: Role of geometry in dynamical modeling of human movement

Role of geometry in dynamical modeling of human movement

The challenge is to develop mathematical frameworks for modeling time-series data measured from multimodal sensors for human activity modeling. Sensors range from wearable devices, optical motion capture, camera-based tracking.

Dynamic Light Transport Acquisition and Applications to Computational Illumination

Dynamic Light Transport Acquisition and Applications to Computational Illumination

Cameras typically capture a moving object’s interaction with light in a scene. This measurement is limited to dynamic effects on the image plane, such as motion, occlusion and shadowing. Such visual cues have been the focus of most vision algorithms operating on conventional imagery from dynamic scenes.

Foucauldian Care of the Self in an Integrated STEM and the Arts Program for LGBTQIA+ Individuals

People holding LGBTQIA+ Flag

Recently, the combination of engineering and the arts has been championed as an effective educational model for training future engineers. The diverse ideas and skills required from combining engineering and art encourage creative student thinking and opens new, non-traditional pathways into engineering.

Exploring Epistemologies where Engineering Meets Art

Exploring Epistemologies

Recently, the combination of engineering and the arts has been championed as an effective educational model for training future engineers. The diverse ideas and skills required from combining engineering and art encourage creative student thinking and opens new, non-traditional pathways into engineering.

Undoing Time: Art and the Histories of Incarceration

Undoing Time

The exhibition Undoing Time: Art and the Histories of Incarceration at the Arizona State University Art Museum scheduled for fall 2021 will use art and history as lenses to interpret contemporary phenomena and understand how the legacies of the past persist to this day.

Testing the Waters

Testing the waters

Testing the Waters is a high school and community-based art and humanities education project combining an introduction to the theme of “Water in the West” with hands-on opportunities for observation, analysis, interpretation, and expression. The curriculum provides a balance between objective understanding and creative outcomes.

Designing Hope: Engage, Design, Innovate, Transform (EDIT)

Designing hope

In the United States, there are six million youth between the ages of 16 and 20 that are neither at school nor in the workforce. This group is usually referred to as “youth at risk.” Kids at Hope is a national organization that shifts this approach from “at risk” to “at hope,” and proposes partnership with schools that nurtures each kid's potential for success.

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