It is with great pleasure to announce that the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium 2022 Annual Conference and Joint Meetings ( PNC 2022) is resumed in person this year! It will kick off at the University of Arizona, USA, on September 16. This year's conference particularly invited Bryan Carter, an Interdisciplinary Scholar specializing in Humanistic Research with Immersive Technology; Pao K. Wang, the Taiwan Atmospheric Scientist; and Ovid Jyh-Lang Tzeng, the Taiwan Cognitive Neuroscientist presenting three keynote speeches.
This conference is hosted by the College of Humanities of the University of Arizona and the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC), co-hosted by Academia Sinica, Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI), and the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. The conference's main theme is "The Digital World in an Age of Uncertainty: Humanizing Technology for Wellness, Resilience, and Creativity," it has attracted world-renowned scholars and experts to participate and discuss the development of digital technology humanization. The registration is open now until August 31.
Three top international scholars were invited to give high-profile keynote speeches to share incisive insights from their respective fields of expertise. These will be available via recorded videos after each keynote speech session.
Bryan Carter, Director of the Center for Digital Humanities and an Associate Professor in Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. His doctoral project on "Virtual Harlem" in the 1990s, as one of the earliest projects with full virtual reality environments created for use in humanities. In recent years, he has continued exploring how traditional and advanced interactive and immersive technologies change the dynamic within the learning space. Through his speech on "A New Level of Presence: Volumetric and Holographic Video Capture and Broadcast," Bryan Carter will address the journey of his center's knowledge exploration regarding this field of study.
Pao K. Wang, an Academician of Academia Sinica, is known for his research on cloud physics. He is a pioneer in researching the interaction between the troposphere and the stratosphere caused by deep convective systems. He discovered the mechanism of internal gravity wave breaking occurring at the top of severe thunderstorms that can transport water substances to the stratosphere, which may exasperate the global warming process. Pao K. Wang will deliver his keynote speech on "Why Clouds Are Not Innocent," revealing the critical role of the "clouds."
Ovid Jyh-Lang Tzeng, an Academician of Academia Sinica, is internationally renowned for Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurolinguistics. He will present his keynote speech on "Cognitive Wellbeing in the Digital World: The Future is Now!" The goal of defining cognitive wellbeing is to improve the physical and mental health of the elderly. How can powerful computation allow humans to build data on personal health information on a new health care platform, then predict and prevent diseases accordingly? Ovid Jyh-Lang Tzeng will provide examples of experimental studies and their results along this line of thinking in his keynote speech.
In addition to the keynote speeches, PNC 2022 also arranges several paper presentations and ECAI workshops, a poster competition, plus poster demonstrations (throughout the conference).
PNC 2022 Keynote Sessions
Topic: A New Level of Presence: Volumetric and Holographic Video Capture and Broadcast
Date: September 16, 2022, 11:15-12:00 p.m. (U.S. time)
September 17, 2022, 02:15-03:00 a.m. (Taiwan time)
Speaker: Bryan Carter
Director of the Center for the Digital Humanities, University of Arizona
Associate Professor in African Studies, University of Arizona
Video URL: https://pnc2022.ascdc.tw/kncarter
Topic: Why Clouds Are Not Innocent
Date: September 17, 2022, 09:30-10:15 a.m. (U.S. time)
September 18, 2022, 12:30-01:15 a.m. (Taiwan time)
Speaker: Pao K. Wang
Academician of Academia Sinica
Corresponding Research Fellow, Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica
Visiting Distinguished Chair Professor, Department of Aeronautic and Astronautics, National Cheng-Kung University
Emeritus Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Video URL: https://pnc2022.ascdc.tw/knwang
Topic: Cognitive Wellbeing in the Digital World: The Future is Now!
Date: September 18, 2022, 09:00-09:45 a.m. (U.S. time)
September 19, 2022, 12:00-12:45 a.m. (Taiwan time)
Speaker: Ovid Jyh-Lang Tzeng
Academician of Academia Sinica
Academician of The World Academy of Sciences
Academician of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Video URL: https://pnc2022.ascdc.tw/kntzeng
Registration for this conference will be open until August 31. We welcome fellow experts and scholars in the field of digital humanities to participate in this grand event!
Pacific Neighborhood Consortium 2022 Annual Conference and Joint Meetings (PNC 2022)
Topic: The Digital World in an Age of Uncertainty: Humanizing Technology for Wellness, Resilience, and Creativity
Date: September 16-September 18, 2022 (U.S. Time)
September 16-September 19, 2022 (Taiwan Time)
Venue: University of Arizona
Host: The College of Humanities, University of Arizona, USA
Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC)
Co-hosts: Academia Sinica
Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI)
Ministry of Education, Taiwan
Local Organizers: Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Arizona, USA
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona, USA
Co-sponsors: School of Information, University of Arizona, USA
Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, University of Arizona, USA
Center for Digital Humanities, University of Arizona, USA
Technical Sponsor: IEEE Tucson Section AP/MTT/COM/EMC Joint Chapter
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Conference Website: https://sites.google.com/view/pnc-2022
Registration Information: https://sites.google.com/view/pnc-2022/registration