The Future of Interactive Media:

Workshop on Media Arts, Science, and Technology (MAST)

January 29-30, 2009
Santa Barbara, CA


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  • March 4: Website has been updated with papers presented at the workshop.

The Workshop on Media Arts, Sciences, and Technology (MAST) will be held in Santa Barbara, CA on January 29-30, 2009. The goal of this workshop is to bring together leading digital media researchers and practitioners who work at the intersection of arts and engineering, in order to explore key challenges and promising directions in digital arts, experiential media systems, creative environments, and emerging media technologies. The two-day workshop will consist of invited keynote presentations, short talks, poster sessions, media installations, demos, and panel discussions. The format will provide ample opportunities for participants to interact in an informal setting and explore further collaborations.

The workshop is jointly hosted by NSF IGERT programs at Arizona State University (Experiential Media) and UC Santa Barbara (Interactive Digital Multimedia), and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The workshop will take place on the UCSB campus. A limited number of travel grants will be available for graduate students presenting at the workshop. Grants will vary depending on the travel distance:

$250 for travel from California
$500 for travel from West Coast and Midwest
$750 for travel from East Coast

In addition, MAST 2009 has funds to support travel for students from under-represented minority institutions. These could be first year graduate students or senior graduate students interested in pursuing higher education (PhD). Interested students will not be required to make a presentation, but they should register for the workshop and contact Tim Robinson (tim at ece. ucsb. edu) for more information.

Participants are invited to submit extended abstracts describing their relevant research, production, or media artifact. Accepted abstracts will be presented at the workshop as posters, media art, or media-based performances. Appropriate topics include novel human computer interaction methods and technologies, arts and medicine, electronic music, interactive visual media, sound analysis and synthesis, media signal processing, sensing and modeling of human activity, multimodal interaction, embodied interaction, creative environments, experiential construction, mediated education, participatory media, mediating complexity, reflective media, and community collaboration tools.

Invited Speakers

The workshop will feature several invited keynote speakers:

  • Joe Marks, Disney
  • Rebecca Allen, Nokia/UCLA
  • Ken Perlin, NYU
  • Victoria Vesna, UCLA
  • Scott Fisher, USC

Workshop Submissions

Submissions should be in the form of an extended abstract (up to three pages) or a media work with an associated brief (one page) abstract. Media-based work may be submitted in a variety of formats (video, audio, Flash presentation, etc.). In both cases, the abstract should communicate the goal or intent of the research or creative work and explain its contributions and/or significance. The recommended format for the submission is the ACM SIG format - templates are available here.

Full author information (names, affiliations, email addresses of all authors) should be included in the abstract. Detailed formatting information is left to the discretion of the submitter. The abstract must clearly indicate the presentation format of the work (poster, artwork, performance, or demonstration). A limited number of submissions may be invited as short talks in addition to the primary presentation formats.

Click here for the submission website.

Submissions will be reviewed by the program committee, evaluated according to perceived merit and relevance to the workhop. The workshop will not publish an official proceedings, but accepted abstracts and media submissions will be made available to attendees and on the web.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission November 14 , 2008
  Acceptance Notifications December 12, 2008
  Hotel Reservations December 15, 2008
  Workshop Registration January 15, 2008 [updated]
  Workshop January 29-30, 2009