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"Three L.A.S.E.R. talks: STEAM Magic, Poetry as Verbivocovisual Art, Immersive Virtual Reality"

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This evening will feature three presentations:

* Suyash Joshi (Engineer and Magician) on "S.T.E.A.M. Magic"

* Marjorie Perloff (Stanford Univ) on Infrathin: "Poetry as Verbivocovisual ArT"

* Julia Scott (Santa Clara Univ) on "Biofeedback Integration into immersive Virtual Reality Experiences"

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Suyash Joshi is a creative technologist, magician and STEAM evangelist based in San Francisco. He has been passionate about magic and technology since childhood and has blended the two in a one of a kind "STEAM Magic Show" for online and in-person performance at schools, maker faire, hackerspaces, and industry conferences. His magic involves emerging technologies - AI, IoT, Augmented Reality with optical illusions, and math-based tricks that not only entertain but also inspire audiences about STEAM subjects.

Marjorie Perloff is Sadie D. Patek Professor of Humanities Emerita at Stanford University. She is also Florence Scott professor Emerita of English at the University of Southern California. Perloff is the author of many books and articles on 20th and 21st century Poetry and Poetics, including, "Frank O’Hara: Poet among Painters" (1977), "The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage" (1981), "The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture" (1986), "Radical Artifice" (1992), "Wittgenstein’s Ladder" (1996), "21st Century Modernism" (2002), and "Unoriginal Genius" (2011), while "The Edge of Irony" (2016) enlarges on the theme of her 2004 memoir "The Vienna Paradox". "Circling the Canon: The Collected Book Reviews of Marjorie Perloff, 1969-2016" has been published in two volumes by the University of New Mexico Press in 2019, and her most recent book is "Infrathin: An Experiment in Micropoetics".

Julia Scott is director of the Brain and Memory Care Lab at Santa Clara University. The research program partners with external stakeholders--companies, clinicians, community organizations--to co-design healthcare innovation projects for numerous disciplines, from public health to engineering. The primary technologies engaged are in non-invasive brain sensing and stimulation in application to cognitive decline or impairment and neurobehavioral conditions. Successful integration of EEG derived signals into virtual reality (VR) experiences has seeded ongoing development of VR biofeedback applications that enhance the sense of presence and train self-regulatory skills.

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The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, inventors and scholars in a variety of disciplines for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.

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