Cultural Computing: building a collaborative research team across the arts, humanities, sciences and enginnering
Beck S. Cultural Computing: building a collaborative research team across the arts, humanities, sciences and enginnering. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Centers and Institutes To Promote Team Science- What Leads to Success? Online at: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda.
This presentation is a case-study on how a
transdisciplinary research collaboration was created
to explore computational applications in the arts
and humanities. The group’s struggles and successes
provide a road map for others looking to overcome
the significant structural, cultural and administrative
barriers inherent in most research universities. In 2003, our university invested $9 million in recurring
state funds to establish and support an interdisciplinary
research center in computational science. In addition
to traditional computational disciplines (materials
science, fluid dynamics, astrophysics), the governing
council for the center authorized the establishment
of a research group in digital media, recognizing the
nascent strengths at the university and the opportunity
for research and economic development in this area.
Challenges were plenty in establishing this new group.
Money for joint faculty hires was in the originating
budget, but departments and colleges were reluctant
to share time and resources to support such faculty.
University promotion & tenure policies did not address
keys issues relating to joint appointments, and its F&A policies did not provide sufficient incentives for
departmental participation in joint research projects.
We overcame these barriers by identifying common
goals and values, requiring financial buy-in from
departments, and sharing the benefits (financial and
intellectual) among all participating units.
We will present two instances where faculty colocation,
shared values and random coffee meetings
led to significant scientific and artistic breakthroughs.
Projects in tangible interaction and music-overnetworks
will illustrate the transdisciplinary nature
of the research. And we will focus on how research
teams were identified, assembled and incentivized to
address complex artistic problems that cross the arts,
humanities, science and engineering.
Type of Publication:
scits 2017 conference, presentation, interdisciplinary research team
Addresses these goal(s):
- Provide institutional support for team science
- Conduct research on/evaluate team science
Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 11:53:38 AM.