Error and Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 10am-6pm

School of Performance and Cultural Industries, stage@leeds, University of Leeds

The AHRC-funded Error Network culminated in an interdisciplinary symposium on Error and Creativity.  Delegates attended from academia and from professional and industry backgrounds. Presentations and workshops spanned dance, computer science, psychology, rehabilitation medicine, engineering, and transport studies. The symposium encouraged cross-disciplinary debate to explore the central theme from multiple perspectives.

Keynote speakers:

  • Efva Lilja, Artist and Director of Dansehellerne, Copenhagen, Denmark (previously Professor of Choreography and Vice-Chancellor, DOCH, University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm)
  • Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.

Optional sessions included a tour of the University of Leeds’ Driving Simulator and a motion capture workshop with artists Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli.


10:00-10:15 Arrivals and coffee

10:15-10:30 Welcome and introduction to the AHRC-funded Error Network by Sita Popat, Professor of Performance and Technology, University of Leeds, and Sarah Whatley, Professor of Dance, Coventry University

10:30-11:30 Keynote address by Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing in the Mixed Reality Laboratory, University of Nottingham

11:30-12:00 Prosthetics and Robotics Demo by Rory O’Connor Charterhouse Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Leeds, with prosthetic users from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

12:00-12:30 Sharing of the Error Network’s Signal and Tremor active research workshop

12:30-13:30 Lunch (including Driving Simulator tour and talk by Professor Richard Romano, Chair in Driving Simulation, University of Leeds – 15 people max, sign up on registration)

13:30-14:30 Keynote address by Efva Lilja, Artist and Director of Dansehellerne, Copenhagen, Denmark.

14:30-15:00 Environments of soft noise and blur by Robert Mackay, Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Hull and Nicolas Salazar Sutil, University Academic Fellow in Digital Performance, University of Leeds 14:30-15:30 Mocap workshop by Ruth Gibson, Senior Research Fellow, Coventry University and Bruno Martelli, Gibson/Martelli (20 people max, sign up on registration)
15:00-15:30 Traffic simulation of mixed road network: a driver model focused approach by Olivier Haas, Reader in Applied Control Systems, Coventry University (with Clement Chaillou, Thomas Boulay, Abiodun Ogunmolu, Oluwaleke Agbaje, Stratis Kanarachos, Stavros Christopoulos)

15:30-16:00 Tea

16:00-16:40 Ambiguity and error in Psychology by Jon May, Professor of Psychology, University of Plymouth, and Working with VR in psychology by Jac Billington, Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Leeds

16:40-17:10 Working in Second Life, demo and workshop by Annabeth Robinson, Lecturer in Animation, Leeds College of Arts 16.40-17.10 Impossibility of precision in HCI performance, demo and presentation by Scott McLaughlin, Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology, University of Leeds 16.40-17.10 Error Window, an opportunity for delegates to propose their ideas on the theme of the conference

17:15-17.45 Plenary discussion

17.45 Drinks reception and networking