The New Making Renaissance: Programmable Matter and Things

Today’s emerging “Manufacturing Renaissance” is radically different from the more traditional tides of innovation seen over fifty years of computation such as Moore’s Law.  Instead this disruptive innovation is more akin to the introduction of major transformative technologies such as the printing press, the programmable loom, and the computer itself.  This new renaissance, driven by personal, creative, and independent manufacturing, will change not only the way that most items are designed, manufactured, and delivered, but also radically expand the range of potential artifacts, materials, interactivity, and applications.

 

This Manufacturing Renaissance has at its root the confluence of three major technological trends: (1) accessible, cheap, and fast creation of matter in new forms (e.g. 3D printing and digital fabrication technologies), (2) on-demand electronics, and (3) programmable intelligence in every object.  The creativity and change unleashed by this revolution could fundamentally change how society operates with a return to craftsmanship, an adoption of mass customization, and new models of sharing, crowd-funding, and making.

 

This two-day workshop will bring together experts in 3D printing, digital fabrication, synthetic biology, printable electronics, end-user programming, manufacturing, robotics, design, healthcare, CAD/CAM, and intellectual property.  The goal of this workshop is to inspire the computing community to envision future trends and opportunities within this critical emerging landscape.  Where are the potential opportunities, disruptive trends, and blind spots?  Are there new questions and directions that deserve greater attention by the research community and new investments in computing research?

 

LOGISTICS

DateJune 3-4, 2014
Location: Harvest Inn, St. Helena, CA; 707-963-9463

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will cover travel expenses for all participants who desire it. Participants will be asked to make their own travel arrangements in advance, including purchasing airline tickets and booking your hotel stay by calling the Harvest Inn and asking for the CRA rate. Following the symposium, CCC will circulate a reimbursement form that participants will need to complete and submit, along with copies of receipts for amounts exceeding $75.  For more information on reimbursible expenses, please see the Reimbursements tab.

 

 
REIMBURSEMENT

Expenses will be reimbursed after the workshop by submitting this completed expense report and all receipts.

Please use these guidelines when determining eligible expenses.  

In general, standard Federal travel policies apply: CCC will reimburse for non-refundable economy airfare on U.S. Flag carriers; per diem amounts will be enforced; and no alcohol will be covered. 

For more information on Federal reimbursement guidelines, please follow the links below: 
General Travel
International Travel

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Drobnis, CCC Director, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 
AGENDA

The workshop will begin on June 3rd at 9am and conclude on June 4th at 5pm.

The agenda is available here.

 
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

David Culler

University of California at Berkeley,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James Landay

Cornell,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prabal Dutta

University of Michigan,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eric Paulos

University of California at Berkeley,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.