Cafe Scientifique Orlando is a gathering of scientifically-inclined people in Central Florida, who meet at a cafe, coffee house, pub, or nonacademic location to discuss events and ideas in the world of science. We enjoy beer and wine, and we use plain language to talk about extraordinary ideas.

Full Title: 
Computer Mediated Dialogues: Puppets, People and Props
Hughes, Charles
Wednesday, 1 February 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
717 W. Smith Street
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United States

Charles E. Hughes, Ph.D. is a Pegasus Professor (the highest honor that UCF can bestow on a professor) and a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, of Digital Media in the School of Visual Arts and Design, and Director of the Synthetic Reality Laboratory. He received his graduate degrees from Penn State University. He currently has 14 active grants totally more than $5.4 million that involve mixed and virtual reality, human-computer interaction and computer graphics. These include: the Gates-Foundation-funded student-teacher education project with reactive avatars, an NSF project on whole body engagement to learn physics concepts, an NSF-sponsored grant using digital puppetry to reduce alcohol use among students, and a National Institutes of Health grant using mixed reality to help Latina middle schoolers develop skills to resist peer influences. He is a prolific writer with 44 journal articles, 112 proceedings, 6 books, and 16 chapters authored or co-authored from 2005 to mid-2011. He has received many honors from professional organizations and recognition in public media.

Past Café Scientifique Events

Race to the Moon 18 November, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Good Bacteria 9 September, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Marine Ecosystems 8 August, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Solar System 7 July, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Robotics 6 June, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Cloud Computing 13 May, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Nanoscience 8 April, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Fire Ants 11 March, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Food Preservation 5 March, 2014 - 19:00 Eden Bar at...
Marine Mammals 11 February, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Bees 14 January, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Frankenfood 10 December, 2013 - 18:30 downtown library

Topics We'd Love to See

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