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Theme: Digital Futures

Join us for a glimpse into the future and learn how advances in technology could change our lives. Find out how robots are becoming smarter and about developments in surround sound. Experience a whole new audio/visual reality experience of a theatre, or take part in a weekend of game development.

What's on

Sat
18
Jun

The Great Steampunk Gamejam

Join us over a full weekend as we design and build games of all kinds inspired by historical collections from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. From railways, steam yachts and airships, to self-ventilating top hats, zoopraxiscopes and velocipedes, this will be the age of steam as you have never seen it before.

Thu
16
Jun

Surround Sound: Past, Present and Future

Hear how surround sound experiences have evolved from 16th century Venetian choral performances to the large-scale cinematic installations today. Join Gavin Kearney of the University of York as he explains what the future holds for surround sound in the home.

Mon
13
Jun

The Great Acceleration

Flash crashes. Speed dating. Instant messaging. It sometimes seems as if everything about our lives is getting faster, faster. But where did this acceleration come from? And where will it lead? Robert Colvile, former Comment Editor at The Telegraph and UK News Director at BuzzFeed, reveals how technology is speeding up the pace of life - and, crucially, how to cope with the effects.

Mon
13
Jun

Seeing With Your Ears: Film and Television for Visually Impaired Audiences

How can soundtracks for people who are visually impaired be made more engaging and spatially accurate? Join Mariana Lopez of Anglia Ruskin University and Gavin Kearney of the University of York to find out.

Fri
10
Jun

Inside Future Robots

Join Nick Hawes of the University of Birmingham on a journey to the frontier of intelligent robotics. Discover how artificial intelligence is being used to make robots more independent, and where these smart robots will be used in the near future. Hear about the latest research to make robots plan, learn, see, communicate and navigate. What are the big challenges for the future of robotics and how close are we to over-coming them?

Wed
8
Jun

Digital Futures

Listen to on-stage performances from different seats in York Theatre Royal auditorium and experience theatre and performance in an entirely new way. Led by Damian Murphy, researchers from the University of York’s Audio Lab team have captured visual and acoustic data from the old and new theatre space. Join them as they demonstrate a new audio/visual virtual reality experience of a theatre.

Wed
8
Jun

Making Music out of Mountains

What would it be like to hear a mountain? Or to listen to rock formations as they grow? Join geologist and artist Tim Ivanic, who spends his life exploring and mapping the Australian outback, Jude Brereton, an expert in turning data into sound, and award-winning composer James Cave, to explore 500 million years of the earth’s history through the medium of surround sound and music.

Tue
7
Jun

Making Music out of Mountains

What would it be like to hear a mountain? Or to listen to rock formations as they grow? Join geologist and artist Tim Ivanic, who spends his life exploring and mapping the Australian outback, Jude Brereton, an expert in turning data into sound, and award-winning composer James Cave, to explore 500 million years of the earth’s history through the medium of surround sound and music.

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