DesAIgn - An international conference on the implications of artificial intelligence on the field of design

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May 25, 2021
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Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Digital Humanities


An international conference on the implications of artificial intelligence

on the field of design

May 25, 2021, 9:30 am - 7:00 pm (CET) (online)


The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually penetrating the various design disciplines and enabling machines to perform tasks that were previously the exclusive domain of human designers. Recently developed AI-based applications can generate designs at a speed and variety that humans cannot accomplish. They can create synthetic images, design furniture, sketch architectural plans, invent fonts, and develop marketing campaigns. In addition, AI systems are capable of tackling complex problem-solving challenges, making behavioral predictions, and connecting between variables from different areas. Implemented at both the design and fabrication stages, they address the two key components of design: the aesthetic and the functional.

The DesAIgn conference, dedicated to exploring the implications of the use of artificial intelligence in design, is co-organized by the Master's program of the Faculty of Design at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in Israel, and the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic. The international conference will host scholars and designers from France, the Netherlands, Serbia, the UK, the United States, Japan, the Czech Republic, and Israel. It seeks to examine both the potential and challenges associated with the assimilation of artificial intelligence platforms into the field of design, as well as the broad theoretical, aesthetic, and practical implications of this kind of integration. Issues under discussion will include: Changes in the role of the designer and the concept of creativity in an era when machines become autonomous; Political and sociological implications of the use of artificial intelligence algorithms; Infrastructures that facilitate working with AI systems; and more.


Keynote speakers: Prof Vladan Joler, Stanislas Chaillou, Anouk Wiprecht


Conference Program:


09:30-09:40 CET

Greetings – Prof. Edward Yakubov, President, HIT, Holon Institute of Technology, Prof. Miroslav Holecek, Rector, University of West Bohemia

Introduction:  Dr. Yael Eylat Van Essen, HIT, Holon Institute of Technology


Session I

09:40-10:30 CET

Keynote lecture: Anatomy of an AI System

Prof. Vladan Joler, University of Novi Sad (RS)

Moderator: Dr. Yael Eylat Van Essen, HIT, Holon Institute of Technology (IL)

10:30-11:30 CET

Panel: Legal, Social and Political Aspects in Using AI in Design

Moderator: Jan Klesla, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (CZ)

Mushon Zer Aviv, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art (IL)

The Normalizing Machine / Exposing the Black Box

Sarah Pagliaccio, UX Consultant, Educator, Innovator (USA)

Understanding the changing role of the designer as a force for good in a racially and gender-biased, AI-powered world


Session II

12:00-12:45 CET

Keynote lecture: AI & Architecture, Towards a New Approach

Arch. Stanislas Chaillou, Architect & Sr. Data Scientist (FR)

Moderator: Arch. Shany Barat, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (IL)

12:45-13:55 CET

Panel: Strategies in AI

Dr. Lior Zalmanson, Tel Aviv University (IL)

Artificial Access and Excess Ability

Arch. Karolína Kotnour, Czech Technical University in Prague (CZ)

Neural Architecture Search. Evolutionary Strategies in Art, Design and Architecture

Dr. Romi Mikulinsky, Tom Reznikov, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (IL), Yuri Klebanov, (University of Tokyo) (JP)

Building Trust in Autonomous Vehicles - Designing Near-Future Interaction in Public Transportation (A collaborative project between Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and the University of Tokyo)


Session III

14:30-15:40 CET

Dr. Eyal Gruss, machine learning researcher and new-media artist (IL)

Art must be generated - recent innovations in AI for design

Moderator: Lenka Hamosova, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (CZ)

15:40-16:50 CET

Panel: Consciousness - authorship - intelligence

Moderator: Jan Van Woensel, University of West Bohemia (CZ)

Dr. David Faitelson, Afeka Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering (IL), HIT- Holon Institute of Technology (IL)

Conscious machines: why we should fake it?

Arch. Des Fagan, Lancaster University (UK)

On Authorship in the Age of Generative Architectural Design

Arch. Maria Tsilogianni, Coventry University (GR/ UK)

Artificial Idiocy; including the absurd in human-non-human interactions


Session IV

17:15-18:00 CET

Keynote lecture: FashionTech A.I. Futures

Anouk Wipprecht, Independent FashionTech designer (NL/USA)

Moderator: Ori Ben-Zvi, Holon Institute of Technology (IL)

18:00-18:50 CET

Panel: AI-based Design and Agency

Moderators: Dr. Arnost Marks, University of West Bohemia (CZ)

Arch. Malgorzata Starzynska, Royal College of Art (UK)

Application of Machine Vision Algorithms in Architectural Heritage Studies

Prof. Alexander Webb, The University of New Mexico (USA)        

Architectural AI: The Importance of Agency


18:50-19:00 CET

Concluding words – Dr. Arnost Marks, University of West Bohemia (CZ)


Conference Chairs

Dr. Yael Eylat Van Essen, Master's Program in Design, HIT- Holon Institute of Technology, Israel

Dr. Arnost Marks, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies of Art, Design and Advanced Technologies (IAT), Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic

The conference will be held in collaboration with the AI 2.0 conference on artificial intelligence and industry organized by the Department of Computer Science at the Holon Institute of Technology. It will take place on May 24, 2021    


Further Information:

Participation in the conference is free of charge but requires registration

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The organizers of the conference thank the French Institute and the French Embassy in Israel for supporting the participation of Arch. Stanislas Chaillou in the conference.

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