Mince Pies + Robot Dogs = The AIBO Salon

The IOCT Salon

The IOCT Salon is a regular event that highlights practice and practitioners in the digital arts. It takes place at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Directions at http://www.ioctsalon.com/directions.htm

Admission is free, and members of the public are very welcome! It would be very helpful if you could email us to let us know you are coming ( info /at/ ioctsalon.com ), but just turning up on the night is also fine.


The AIBO Salon

AIBO stands for Artificial Intelligence roBOt, but also means “love” or “attachment” in Japanese, and is a robotic dog designed and manufactured by Sony. At this Salon you will have the opportunity to explore and play with one of the many AIBO robots living at the IOCT, with help on hand from experts who have been using AIBOs extensively in their research, writing and teaching. What kinds of stories do we tell about robots, and what stories are they collecting about us?

Guests include:

– Sue Thomas, Professor of New Media, De Montfort University ( http://www.hum.dmu.ac.uk/~sthomas )
– Steve Grand, founder of Cyberlife Research Ltd. ( http://www.cyberlife-research.com ) and visiting Research Fellow at De Montfort University
– Aladdin Ayesh, Senior Lecturer in AI and Robotics, De Montfort University ( http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~aayesh/ )
– Cherie O’Connor, IOCT technician ( http://www.ioct.dmu.ac.uk )


– AIBO Wikipedia entry – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIBO
– AIBO corporate site – http://www.sony.net/Products/aibo/
– AIBO community networking site – http://www.aibonet.com/


The IOCT Salon ( http://www.ioctsalon.com ) is managed by Chris Joseph, Digital Writer in Residence at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University. This residency is funded by Arts Council England: East Midlands.

For further information about the IOCT Salon please email Chris: info /at/ ioctsalon.com . To be notified of future events please join the mailing list on the Salon website.

The IOCT Salon is held at and staged by De Montfort University and the Insitute of Creative Technologies, and is supported by Arts Council England and the Literature Development Network.