The Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT-03) took place at the Stanford University Center for the Study of Language and Information in Stanford, California, on 23 to 25 June 2003. Like the previous conferences, CONTEXT-03 fulfilled its aim of bringing together representatives of many different research areas, spanning the whole range of the cognitive and information sciences, and with interests ranging from the use of context in specific, commercial applications to highly general philosophical, psychological, and logical theories.
A design education program must unite traditionally siloed disciplines, spanning rigid academic boundaries from engineering to social sciences. Work to establish the Kyoto University Design School had to meet these challenges in promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and provides a solid model for others to build on. The web extra at https://youtu.be/bTWoIew-lpg features interviews and further details about Kyoto University Design School's innovative curriculum.
There is a "perception that people have of historical agriculture where farmers and ranchers are'simply' working the land or raising animals. When in reality it is much more complex and there's a lot of thought and innovation behind the best ways to work the land and raise livestock. That's where science and technology really come into play in order to gain a better understanding of how the land and, specifically for me, how the livestock work by using the resources we provide them. The goal is to be able to help them use those resources most efficiently so that we are able to produce more with less in a sustainable manner," Lienemann wrote in an email.
When I opted to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology in the 1980s, it was commitment more than joy that carried me through the first semesters. I was interested in learning about human behavior, but I was frustrated that robust mechanistic explanations seemed to be missing. I wondered whether I had chosen the right path. Then, one morning, lightning struck when I heard a lecture by an instructor from a local medical school about the brain and behavior. I realized that I wanted to explore both sides of the coin--not only mental acts, but also the neurobiology of phenomena like memory.