Published: Oct. 20, 2020

Laura DevendorfLaura Devendorf, an assistant professor of information science with the ATLAS Institute, is one of several keynote speakers at the ACADIA 2020 conference, this year held virtually from Oct. 24-30.

This year's conference features a series of keynote conversations organized around prompts related to the conference theme, "Distributed Proximities." The format will encourage dialogue, discussion and debate around topics critical to practices and pedagogies of design computation: Ecology & Ethics, Data & Bias, Automation & Agency, Culture & Access, Labor & Practice and Speculation & Critique, according to the conference website.

Devendorf's keynote, "A Conversation on Culture & Access," with Kate Hartman, associate professor and graduate program director, Digital Futures, OCAD University; and Vernelle A. A. Noel, visiting assistant professor of architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, happens Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4:15-5:45 p.m. EST. Bringing together designers and scholars whose work deals critically with questions of computation, craft and public engagement, the panel will delve into how computational design and data impact nearly every aspect of contemporary life and architecture and design practices, from user-friendly social media to highly skilled programming.  

Of note, conference registration is free for students.