Fiftieth Anniversary of E.A.T. Hackathon 9.8 – 10.15

Teams of Artists and Scientists compete to augment the body with LittleBits.  Facilitators: Stephanie Dinkins (ART) and Roy Shikrot (CS)  Sign up at: www.hackfeat.com

Sept 8,  5pm Kickoff  workshop by Hans Tammen, Innovation Lab

Oct 14,  2pm 23 hour Open hack in the new CS building

Oct 15,   1pm Awards ceremony with Alin Cosmanescu from littleBits


Judges Bios

Alin Cosmanescu is a Lead Electrical Engineer at littleBits Electronics, where he creates new littleBits modules, comes up with epic inventions, and generally works to improve the littleBits system of easy-­to-­use electronic building blocks. He has over ten years of experience in technical fields including electronic system design, microfluidics, microelectronics, software development, and information technology. Before joining littleBits Electronics he was a Research Associate at Indiana University’s Biocomplexity Institute, where he developed microfluidic­based bio­sensor devices, and computational simulations. While at IU he was also a Researcher at the School of Informatics and Computing r­House living laboratory, where he developed technology for Human­Robot Interaction research He has held positions as a hardware design engineer responsible for the design, simulation, and test of various RF/Microwave devices; as the administrator of an undergraduate computing laboratory; and has developed technical, and non­technical software for a variety of academic and corporate employers. Alin Cosmanescu grew up in northern New Jersey, and holds an Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Me Lin Chan is a research assistant professor in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at Stony Brook University. She obtained her PhD degree in BME from Columbia University, NY. Currently, she teaches two core courses, “Introduction to BME” and “Genetic Engineering”.  In these courses, she strongly advocates her students to apply engineering and technology in the medical field for prevention, diagnosis and treatment purposes.  Her research focuses on understanding how the musculoskeletal system responds to biophysical signals such as those produced in standing, walking, jumping and running in normal and pathological conditions. For prevention and treatment, she is also exploring the potential of using a custom-designed technology that is non-invasive and non-pharmacological to combat consequences of pathological conditions including obesity, cancer, chronic alcohol consumption and cocaine addiction.

Nicholas Ciuffo is an alumni of Stony Brook University. He currently works for the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) as a communicator for all things IT related. Distilling technical concepts for all types of audiences, Nicholas enjoys bridging the knowledge gap between developers and end users. With a creative background in music and design, and a love for tech, Nicholas enjoys engineering technology interfaces to look beautiful. He enjoys developing websites with an emphasis on user experience and design. In his free time, Nicholas can usually be found performing in classical musical ensembles or breaking things on the web. 

Melissa F. Clarke is an educator, curator, and an interdisciplinary artists working at the intersections of research, data, science, and design. She extrapolates research and observation into multimedia, participatory installations, generative video and sound sculptures, performances, and printed images. Her installation projects reconnect scientific data to an organic source using sound and images collected in the field. She creates immersive neolandscapes giving physical form to the information pulled from giant landmasses and the terrain beneath the seas surrounding us. Clarke was formerly an artist-in-residence at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University. She has performed and exhibited her work at Eastern Bloc, Montreal, Interactive Art Fair, FL, 319 Scholes, NY, Eyebeam, NY, Issue Project Room, NY, Reverse Art Space, NY, the Queens Museum, NY, the Electronic Music Foundation, Suny Stony Brook, NY, and the International Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2010, Venezuela. She successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her arctic travels and research. Her work has been featured by the Creators Project and with publications such as the Village Voice, Kickstarter, Art 21, Blouin Art Info, Impose Magazine, and Columbia University’s State of the Planet.

Eliza Jane Reilly received an M.A. in the History of Art and the Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University. She is currently the Deputy Executive Director for Programs of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University. She has been affiliated with the NCSCE’s signature program Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) for 16 years as a Senior Scholar, the General Editor of the SENCER Course Model series, and co-editor of the journal Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal.