17-19 December 2008
I.T. Revolutions 2008
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13 December 2008
Conference to present "Sculpting time" by Irina Tarkhanova Yacubson

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 View the poster of the exhibition (file .pdf, 1,8 MB, in Italian)

10 December 2008 – 17 January 2009
Exhibition on Luca Moioli's DVD "The Venice of Canaletto"

The exhibition is a virtual art gallery of 15 genuine paintings of Venice by Canaletto. You could see the canvases magically gain depth and come to life, step into the magnificent settings, stroll through Venice portrayed by the artist and listen to the sounds of the ancient city, make a virtual journey along the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge to St. Marks Square, descend the Stairway of the Giants at the Ducal Palace, make your way at a leisurely pace through Santa Maria Formosa Square and proceed further to the Arsenale.
In one word, you were able to experience the Venice depicted by Canaletto in the 1700s.
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11 December 2008
Conference on Digital Photography: The future of digital photography
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We have reached the final stage of a discovery trip into the world of digital photography. 
After starting with the basics on digital cameras, we learnt how to share photos creating an online album and publishing them on a public site. Then we experienced how a photo passion might become a means of social aggregation. 
Now, in our final meeting we tried to explore the future.
Which changes might a digital camera undergo? How the profession of a photographer might evolve? Which kind of new services and business models might be involved by digital photography?
The above questions and various others were the subjects of the closing conference, conducted by Giuseppe Piersantelli and Margherita Penza.

9 December 2008
Conference to present “The Venice of Canaletto”
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29 November 2008
ENPARTS Conference "Babylon Europe: Boundless Languages" - Refettorio of the Future Centre

The first public meeting, held as a conference, of the institutions that created the ENPARTS project (European Network of Performing Arts), supported by the Cultural Program of the European Union.
The conference is aimed at giving future guidelines and creating a common identity to the "work in progress" that ENPARTS is representing.

25 November 2008
Conference on Digital Photography: Bits as a social fabric - Refettorio of the Future Centre
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"Taken out of a shoe box", where they were kept, photographs allowed us from time to time to aggregate persons stirring up memories.
Today the "box" has become the Internet and there has been an explosion of possibilities to involve and share bits. 
Photos have become a social fabric, thus an extremely strong means of aggregation.
As a follow-up to the previous conference describing the possibility offered by numerous sites to publish one's own pictures and make them potentially available to all the Internet people, this meeting will now be focussed on the social implications of such many sites. 
Flickr, like Picasa and various others are characterized by some interesting features, which are the basic elements of the Internet, namely: interaction among many users, personal communication, creation of communities having the same interests.
All the above topics were raised and discussed during the 6 p.m. Future Centre conference, conducted by Giuseppe Piersantelli and Margherita Penza.

10-13 November 2008
Zig Fest (only by invitation)

This event is one of the meetings periodically organised with the aim of verifying among the participating companies the status of implementation of applications the standardisation of which is under way. 
The purpose is to carry out testing activities on the interoperability of application profiles within the ZigBee Alliance.

11 November 2008
Conference on Digital Photography: Sharing your bits - Refettorio of the Future Centre
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Sharing is now sort of a must. Sharing photos of travels, friends and relatives, holidays, sites where one lives has been made possible thanks to the exchange of e-mails and MMS, use of instant messenger, and specific web sites where our own photographic archives may be published. 
The network makes it possible to share the emotion of the image shown, and, above all, to publish all over the world, easily retrieve what we have stored online, aggregate around our bits, our photos, also people who are unknown to us.
Conducted by Giuseppe Piersantelli, the conference disclosed interesting and practical instructions on how to publish photographs on the web and create an online photo album.

7 November 2008
FAI (Italian Environmental Fund) at the Future Centre

A guided tour for members of the Italian Environmental Fund of Reggio Emilia, conducted by Franca Scoria Zanchi. During the meeting a technologically advanced videoguide service through iPhone was made available.

7 November 2008
Educational Robotics in Italy

Within the SIMPAR Conference a meeting is organised (also open to visitors) on the use of robotics for education at the Italian secondary schools. At the cloisters of San Salvador, several schools will be present to give demonstrations on how robotics has been introduced and applied to the their activities, and show relating results. Further there will be held also a meeting/round-table among the teachers of the schools taking part, the partners of the TERECoP European Project, as well as anybody interested in educational robotics, for exchange of views and future projects.

3-6 novembre 2008
International Conference on Simulation, Modelling, Programming on Autonomous Robots (only by invitation)
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From November 3 to November 7, the San Salvador cloisters were the venue for the first international conference "Simpar 2008", a meeting of scientists from all over the world, organised by the University of Padua, under the aegis of Venice Municipality.
SIMPAR 2008 dealt with the new research perspectives in the field of autonomous robots, from androids up to the new geminoids, which are practically considered as human clones.
The most recent studies have being exploring today the development issues of software designed for the control of autonomous robots, and their simulation. 
Increasingly innovative applications of robots require in fact the use of systems becoming more and more complex and sophisticated. However, the considerable progress in hardware development has not yet been met by an equivalent complexity growth in simulation systems.

The conference has been a meeting opportunity for world known specialists, and was aimed at promoting the development and achievement of significant results on autonomous systems, distributed robots, mobile sensor networks, just to mention a few applications of this exciting sector of the future. More info at http://www.simpar-conference.org

31 October 2008
Confcommercio at the Future Centre – Refettorio of the Future Centre
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28 September – 31 October 2008
Photography Exhibition "Vapore d'acqua: I vaporetti del Canal Grande"
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San Salvador cloisters became the ideal venue for several photographic prints by Riccardo Perale, who presented his personal view of the Venetian vaporettos.
Ricardo Perale acknowledges and ascribes a particular value to the vaporettos of contemporary Venice, and is so fine and clever that they even look nicer. 
He starts from the printed photograph, superseding it then through electronic adjustments and applying recursive computer programs, and new digital techniques of image processing. 
Dream-like representations are the result, showing picturesque digital metamorphoses characterised by a strong impact and large format. 
The subject of the exhibition naturally radiated bits of history and reminded at the same time of a world of technologic experimentations. These aspects were however further stressed and enhanced through the adoption of an advanced video service guide over the iPhone.
The visitors, equipped with iPhones made available at the Future Centre entrance, enjoyed their visit through an interactive experience. By scanning the bar-codes near the pictures of the exhibition, the integrated camera of the iPhone enabled the access to video, additional text information, interviews to the Author, and so on, all the contents involved being downloaded from the network. 
In fact, such a service allowed one to retrieve multimedia contents relating to a given context. 
As in the case of an exhibition, which in this way can become fully interactive and exhaustive.

28 October 2008
Conference on Digital Photography: Taking photographs by bits - Refettorio of the Future Centre
 Read/download the e-book (file .pdf, 1.1 MB, in Italian)
 Read/download the presentation slides (file .pdf, 1.5 MB, in Italian)

Conducted by Giuseppe Piersantelli, the first meeting explored this fascinating and highly topical ecosystem, by going back to the implementation of the black box and following then its evolution up to the development of the digital camera, an instrument now wide spread and easy to use.
This backward jump allows us to understand more deeply the contemporary use of such a camera, which is at present within everybody's reach. 
However, not everybody knows how it works; and so, by taking a closer look at its basic principles of operation, we may derive some tricks and suggestions for getting nicer photos.

16 October 2008
Conference on Ecosystems: Darwinian Evolution and Production Systems
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The last meeting within this first cycle at the Future Centre, which received so far a great response from the audience, dealt with the structure of an ecosystem, made up of consumers, producers and service providers. 
Will this system and the relationships among the different actors actually form an ecosystem? 
And concerning the characteristics we have seen in a biological system, can they be applied to the business ecosystems? 
Roberto Saracco and Katia Colucci closed this fascinating travel within the world of ecosystems, and will be pleased to meet you at the next cycle on the topic "Digital Photography".

9 October 2008
Conference on Ecosystems: 
Representing an Ecosystem
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The complexity of the ecosystems is such that we need representation modalities allowing to "keep under control" the whole system as such, though stressing the most significant characteristics of the same. Developing a model means to describe what we want to observe, by neglecting, at the same time, aspects of minor importance. 
Simplifying is a basic step to reduce complexity and focus on features of actual interest. 
This procedure equals in fact the way our brain continuously shapes and processes what is transmitted by the five senses, in order to derive the information required for the comprehension as a whole.

27 September 2008
Opening of the Photography Exhibitions "Water Vapour: water busses of Canal Grande"

23 September 2008
Conference on Ecosystems:
 The Small Worlds
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 Read/download the presentation slides (file .pdf, 1.3 MB, in Italian)

Mathematics is not only 2 and 2... It helps understand the most different phenomena we are experiencing, and find out, in some relationships of cause and effect of such phenomena, a system based on accurate rules. 
One can apply mathematics to work out models describing phenomena, and much more.
It has been discovered that the same models may be applied to very different contexts: from the study of epidemiology to the transactions at the stock exchange, from the relations originating among persons chatting on the web to the explanation of how cakes rise when they are put into an oven.

22 September 2008
Presentation of the Exhibition “San Salvador’s Treasure - goldsmith’s art between faith and devoutness”

11 September 2008
Conference on Ecosystems:
 Biosphere
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 Read/download the presentation slides (file .pdf, 1.6 MB, in Italian)

The biosphere has existed for 4 billion years, and during the last 150 years systematic studies were conducted to finally grasp its foundations. 
Then, advanced investigations during the last 15 years allowed us to perform the DNA decoding of several living beings and past organisms, providing additional elements of knowledge and leading to a more accurate understanding of the evolution within an ecosystem. 
Starting from Darwin down to Dawkins, we went through some of its basic rules.

30 August 2008
Press conference 2008 Edition of Campiello Prize

22 July 2008
Confindustria at The Future Centre - Marketing: an eye to the future

1 July 2008
Presentation of the five finalists of the 2008 Campiello Literary Award at Future Centre Refector

27 June 2008
Debate on tourism organised by Michele Vianello, Vice Mayor of Venice

19-20 June and 24-25 June 2008
Official event of Biennale Dance Choreographic Collision - Part 2 Presentation of choreographic workshops