Visualising AI - an art and science collaboration

Visualising AI 

As part of the 2021 Brisbane Street Art Festival,  Vast Yonder and The Queensland AI Hub brought together leading AI experts and urban street artists to Visualise artificial intelligence through a  "Science Meets Street Art Co-Lab". Four public murals aim to spark curiosity and conversation around the creation and use of artifical intelligence, raising community awareness and dispelling misconceptions about this technology. 

UQ's Professor Janet Wiles collaborated with street artists Scott Nagy and Krimsone to inspire the 33.48m² 'Rockatoo' Westfield Garden City mural that imagines the meeting between a social roboticist and her AI companion - a social robotic bird.

The robot is a futuristic bird inspired by Cape York Peninsula's highly intellgent, but elusive, Palm Cockatoo which is renowned for its unique way of communicating through drumming. This echos Professor Wiles' work in social robotics which aims to apply deep technology skills to communication challenges ranging from assisting First Nations peoples to access their languages to supporting people living with dementia. 

For National Science Week 2021, an augmented reality Rockatoo was added to the mural and the public were invited to attend a free STEM event at Westfield Garden City where they could interact with Roboticist, Professor Janet Wiles, and Biologist, Dr Christina Zdenek as well as have their photograph taken with a giant AR version of Rockatoo. 









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