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ASU Center for Science and the Imagination

Center for Science and the Imagination (CSI)

The Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University engages in research, outreach, and radical collaborations to reinvent our relationship with the future. From writers, artists, and teachers to scientists, engineers, and technologists, we bring diverse intellectual practices together to reignite humanity’s grand ambitions for innovation and discovery. The center serves as a network hub for audacious ideas and a cultural engine for thoughtful optimism through programs like Project Hieroglyph, a public community of science fiction authors, scientists, and researchers, and the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, which explores science in society through a modern myth of creativity and responsibility. We provide a space for productive collaboration among the humanities, arts, and sciences, bring human narratives to scientific questions, and explore the full social implications of cutting-edge research.

For more information about this center, please contact
Ed Finn

School of Arts, Media and Engineering SANDS Group

Social and Digital Systems Group (SANDS)

We are a new and dynamic research group at AME, founded in the Spring of 2015 within the Digital Arts Ranch. In accordance with design studio culture, we embrace open contribution formats, engagement with different materials, and practice-based inquiry where we learn by observing and doing. Our studio is physically connected to a fabrication lab, a hardware and woodworking shop, and blackbox theatre. This flexible space supports open ideation, rapid prototyping, and iterative feedback amongst computer scientists, interaction designers, and humanities scholars. The studio is also used to host participatory design workshops, collaborative maker days, demos, and exhibits. 

For more information on this center, please contact:
Stacey Kuznetsov


School of Arts, Media and Engineering Enactive Sonic Art

Practice and Research in Enactive Sonic Art (PARIESA)

Practice and Research in Enactive Sonic Art (PARIESA) involves performers, sonic artists, sound designers, composers, improvisers, as well as researchers and artists from other academic areas who have a shared interest in sound practice and research. We are curious about the extended interdisciplinary applications of enactive and embodied music cognition, performance, technology, and design, and the connections between these themes. Members of the group are active practitioners, regularly performing at music festivals, contributing to international conferences and journals, and installing work in the public domain. We are also proactive in building a local community around our common interests: we meet regularly during our listening group, and we recently launched a new concert series which welcomes audio-visual-kinaesthetic-haptic art forms.

For more information on this Center, please contact:
Lauren Hayes

Meteor Studio

Meteor Studio is an engineering research group that focuses on software and hardware systems for sensing and actuation on mobile devices for computer vision, augmented reality, and other modern and future use cases.

For more information about this initiative, please contact:
Robert LiKamWa

Geometric Media Lab

Welcome to the Geometric Media Lab (GML). GML was formally founded in 2018,  building on our years of work in the areas of geometric methods for machine learning and vision. Over the years, our work has broadened to include extensive collaborations with applied mathematicians, statisticians, health-scientists, and media-arts that inform our work and increase its impact.

The primary features of work at GML include:

For more information, please contact:

Pavan Turaga

Synthesis Center

The Synthesis Center fuses practices from the humanities, engineering, science, and the arts to make our world richer not more complicated. It serves as a place where making, experiencing, investigating and reflecting on a phenomenon occur simultaneously. Directed by Sha Xin Wei, Synthesis hosts faculty-led projects with international teams that take fresh approaches to understand how the combination of professional practices can lead to innovative modes of knowledge.   Initiatives include Improvisational EnvironmentsPlace and Atmosphere, movement-based research, Experiential Complex Simulations, vegetal life (Serra dance), Rhythmanalysis, animated space design.

For more information about this center, please contact:
Sha Xin Wei



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Center for Philosophical Technologies (CPT)

The Center for Philosophical Technologies (CPT) is a strategic initiative of Arizona State University. The CPT is a global hub for critical and speculative research on philosophy, technology, and design. The center supports work through project design and development, publications, faculty and student fellowships, and global education initiatives. 

For more information on this center, please contact:
Adam Nocek 
Stacey Moran

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Acoustic Ecology

Acoustic Ecology Lab (AELab) aims at using sound to advance environmental awareness and stewardship whilst providing critical tools for deeper consideration of sound in urban and industrial design. Capitalizing on the power and beauty of environmental sound, AELab explores sonic environments through new ways of listening to the land, innovative field recording technologies, interactive sound archives and maps, long-term monitoring and analysis of sonic environments, creative placemaking (music, audio-visual installations, virtual reality experiences, and sonic story telling), community engagement, and redesign of industrial and urban sound sources impacting livability and wellbeing of human and non-human species.

For more information about this initiative, please contact:
Garth Paine 
Sabine Feisst 
Affiliates: Sharon Hall, Kevin McGraw and Dan Childers
Partners: Helen Rowe, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Imaging Lyceum

Welcome to the Imaging Lyceum at Arizona State University! Our investigations aim to create new visual experiences and digital media, question the nature of representation and images using tools from analytic and continental philosophy, and re-imagine imaging for the 21st century.

For more information about this project, please contact:
Suren Jayasuriya