Dr. Mari Velonaki
Centre for Social Robotics, ACFR USYD
Mari Velonaki is an artist and researcher who has worked in the field of interactive installation art since 1995. Her practice engages the spectator/participant with digital and robotic “characters” in interplays stimulated by sensory triggered interfaces. Her innovative human-machine interfaces promote intimate and immersive relationships between participants and interactive artworks.
Mari was awarded a PhD in Media Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2003. Since 2003, she has been working as a senior researcher at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. In 2006 she co-founded with David Rye the Centre for Social Robotics within the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. In 2007 Mari was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship in recognition of her body of work. In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship (2009-2013) for the creation of a new robot, Diamandini. Diamandini will be presented at a prototype stage at ISEA 2011 Istanbul, 'Signs of Life' exhibition. Mari’s work has been exhibited internationally in major museums and art galleries.