Category Archives: Indiana University Bloomington

Amazing Art Sculpture

“Amatria” is the “sentient” art sculpture located in a glass atrium space on the fourth floor of Indiana University Bloomington’s new School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering’s Luddy Hall. The dedication ceremony for the brand-new state-of-the-art $39.8 million 124,000 square-foot- Luddy Hall occurred on April 13, 2018, to welcome its 15 classrooms and labs, 31 career counseling and interview spaces, and the latest 3-D printing equipment.

They use the term “sentient” for Amatria because the word comes from the Latin verb sentire, which means “to feel.” Amatria, created by Canadian artist and architect Phillip Beesley, is an extremely unique masterpiece with microphones and sensors throughout that sense audio levels, which enables it to greet and interact with people as they walk past! As it reacts, parts start to light up, vibrate, or make a zapping sound. PhD students are analyzing the received data from the sculpture.

Amatria is made out from many different materials including metal scaffolds, plastic pieces, glass vessels filled with vinegar which serve as vinegar batteries, and many more unusual and huge components. It took approximately 200 volunteers, which included students from several IU schools, to put the massive piece together.

It is desired that arts and humanities scholars interact with Amatria to help understand how to implement artificial intelligence systems, how to design smarter environments, and how to use them. The Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering is hosting summer camps be held in Luddy Hall so that students can learn about artificial intelligence and build small form versions of Amatria.

Indiana University Bloomington Campus Exposed to Measles

An unidentified international student arriving from Mumbai India on January second unknowingly transported the measles virus to the University of Indiana campus in Bloomington. The infected female student was diagnosed with measles several days after moving into her dorm room at McNutt Residence Hall on-campus and reporting symptoms.

Indiana University Health Center Director Dr. Diana Ebling on the school’s response, “We will contact campus and community members who may have been exposed, but we also want our students and staff to review their own immunization history and take appropriate steps”. While the university requires all students to be vaccinated for measles prior to enrollment, the school is offering vaccinations for anyone may have been exposed.

Monroe County, home to Bloomington, issued a countywide advisory alerting residents of the outbreak, which to date has one confirmed case. Monroe county health officials released a comprehensive list of public locations and businesses that were exposed to the highly contagious virus, as well as how to spot symptoms. For the full list visit: http://fox59.com/2018/01/11/health-officials-investigate-possible-measles-exposure-at-bloomington-businesses/

En-route to Bloomington, the infected international student had a layover at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey before arriving to her final destination Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana. Health officials in both states were scrambled to help contain the fallout from the potential outbreak. Although measles was eradicated in the United States in 2000, it remains a problem in less-developed countries like India.