29
Jan
2015

In movies, huge battle scenes no longer rely upon the expensive recruitment and coordination of thousands of extras. Instead, the epic clashes of armies in films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy use a computational technique called agent-based modeling, or ABM. In ABM, thousands or even millions of individual "agents" are programmed to follow a set of simple rules, which creates complex, realistic behavior at large scales.

05
Jan
2015

Since last fall, CI faculty and fellow Jason Salavon has occupied a unique position: artist-in-residence at Microsoft Research. As a computational artist, Salavon explores new ways of creating art with software and data, such as aggregating hundreds of Playboy centerfolds or Renaissance portraits into a single image, turning census data into a massive, dynamic visualization, or creating information-dense collages of search engine image results. An article at The Stranger by Jen Graves dives deep into Salavon's background and his current work at Microsoft Research, where he is exploring the intersection of art, technology, and surveillance by, in part, spying on the Microsoft Research office itself.