March 17, 2016

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Room: 2A20

REAL talk: Ken Rinaldo “Creation of a robotic lab assistant”

The REAL group introduces Ken Rinaldo, who will discuss processes and approaches to build a liquid handling robot designed for automating biological experiments. He will discuss the funding by a Venture Capital Fund in San Francisco, the pitch to venture capitalists and new protocols that are being researched. He will look at hacking existing equipment, discussing approaches using 3D software and rapid prototyping and our software design, connecting vision systems, interface design, camera tracking, running through a web interface server, Hardware Rumba Arduino board (Octoprint and Marlin Firmware using Chianti) which translates web interface instructions into G-code for driving the robot. He will discuss examples of what artists/inventors bring to the table, especially for all to have access to open source hardware and robotics in the exciting time of CRISPR/CAS 9 protocols and international DIY bio maker cultures.

Short bio
Ken Rinaldo is a contemporary artist and professor at the College of Arts & Sciences, The Ohio State University. His work interrogates the fuzzy boundaries where hybrids arise. He focuses on trans-species communication and researching methods to understand animal, insect, and bacterial cultures as models for emergent machine intelligences, as they interact, self organise, and co-inhabit the earth. Ken Rinaldo is internationally recognised for his interactive installations blurring the boundaries between the organic and inorganic and speaking to the co-evolution between living and evolving technological cultures.

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