The UNT College of Visual Art and Design in collaboration with the iARTA
research cluster recently hosted a lecture and follow up round-table
discussion with UCI arts professor, Simon Penny.
Penny was appointed Professor of Arts and Engineering at University of
California Irvine (a specially-created joint appointment between the Henry
Samueli School of Engineering and the Claire Trevor School of Arts) in
2001 (with an appointment also in Information and Computer Science).
He was architect and founding director of the interdisciplinary graduate
program in Arts, Computation and Engineering, established 2003 (ACE,
see www.ace.uci.edu). He is ‘humanist at large’ for the University of
California Council on Research. Prof. Penny was previously an Associate
Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University (a joint
appointment between the College of Fine Arts and the Robotics Institute);
1993-2001. During 2000-01 he was European Professor of Interactive
Environments at the University of Portsmouth and the Merz Akademie,
Stuttgart, and a member of the central committee of the EU ESPRIT
project CIRCUS. He established the Electronic Intermedia Program at
the University of Florida 1989-93. Prior to his arrival in the US, he held
a range of academic positions in Australia. He is a guest professor for
the Interdisciplinary Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media
(CSIM), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2008, and 2009.