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Cyber Physical Symposium

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Pavilion A


Within the framework of the exhibition Cyber Physical: Architecture in Real Time, EPFL Pavilions presents a full-day free symposium on Friday 22 September bringing together speakers from the worlds of art and science.

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At the intersection of art, technology and architecture, Cyber Physical: Architecture in Real Time reshapes our perception of the physical and digital realms. The exhibition presents four installations that incorporate digital elements such as creative AI and 3D projections into tangible structures, to create interactive and responsive environments. This synergy enables architectural spaces to dynamically adapt and communicate with both their users and surroundings.

Within the framework of the exhibition, EPFL Pavilions presents a full-day free symposium questioning this interconnection through four themes — Blurring Humans, Harmonious AI, Intimate Hybrids and Markets in Motion – merging together perspectives of scientists and artists. The speakers will share their cutting-edge practice on the forms, the relevance and the feasibility of the digital extensions of our realities.


Dr. Luciano Abriata (EPFL LBM), Prof. Alexandre Alahi (EPFL VITA), Dr. Kirell Benzi (EPFL VITA, eM+), Prof. Olaf Blanke (EPFL LNCO), Prof. Edouard Bugnion (EPFL DCSL), Dr. Robert Giezendanner-Thoben (EPFL VPI), Prof. Adrian Ionescu (EPFL NANOLAB), Lucia Jalón Oyarzun (EPFL ALICE), Gilles Jobin (Cie Gilles Jobin), Prof. Sarah Kenderdine (EPFL eM+, EPFL Pavilions), Prof. Matthias Kohler (ETHZ D-ARCH), Giovanni Landi (CREAL SA), Yinan Liu (UoA arc/sec Lab), Prof. Frieder Nake (Uni Bremen), Prof. Uwe Rieger (UoA arc/sec Lab), Dr. Emmanuel Senft (IDIAP), Prof. Jeffrey Shaw (HKBU), Dr. Charlotta Windahl (UoA), Prof. Manfred Wolff-Plottegg (TU Wien)


  • Blurring Humans

In the session Blurring Humans, our interaction with digital/spatial technologies is explored in terms of their impact on our self-perceptions. The speakers will reflect on the embodiment of the digital extension of our realities.

  • Harmonious AI

Harmonious AI approaches the artificial intelligence’s ability to act as an esthetical and emphatical vector. How does training for/on emotions can generate human-centered impactful output?

  • Intimate Hybrids

Intimate Hybrids touch on responsive spaces and their potential as amplifier of human perspectives. A glimpse at the new horizons opened by the technological extension of our interactivity.

  • Markets in Motion | Roundtable

The round table Markets in Motion explores the roles of digital spatial technologies in innovating future markets. Focusing on a practice-based applied research approach, the discussion will address the design of innovation.