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“Animated Science and Scientific Animation: How Animated Visualizations Change our Perception of Reality ”



 Dr. Mohammad Javad Khajavi

Dr. Mohammad Javad Khajavi

Assistant Professor, National University of Ireland Maynooth


0930-1020, 08 Jan 2020


AAB 908, Academic and Administration Building, Baptist University Road Campus, HKBU

Speaker's bio:

Dr. M Javad Khajavi is a multidisciplinary designer and scholar who works at the intersection of art, design and technology. He is deeply invested in interdisciplinary research approaches that are informed by practice-led research, design thinking, and methods and tools in digital humanities. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. He was previously teaching and researching at the Institute of Film and Animation of Volda University College in Norway, where he also served as the area coordinator for the Animation program. Javad received his PhD from the School of Art, Design and Media of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. The underlying focus of his research is to investigate issues of representation and perception in animation-based media, Virtual Reality and Game.


In June 1878, Eadeward Muybridge used the technique of sequential photography to answer a scientific question about animal locomotion. He recorded images of a trotting horse frame-by-frame, slowing down a movement to a speed perceptible for human cognition. Through his automatic electro-photography method, he visualized a phenomenon that were otherwise invisible to the naked eye, essentially answering to a scientific question by means of visual experimentation. Today more than a century after Muybridge’s experiment, moving and animated image are increasingly becoming one of the methods that help scientists makes sense of the word. From mathematics to social sciences and from molecular biology to big data analysis, researchers are benefiting from what animated visualizations can reveal in the four-dimensional space. Simultaneously, animation as a field of knowledge and as a vast industry in its diverse forms is heavily reliant on science and technology.
This presentation looks into the productive relationship between animation and science, and in particular examines the role of animated image in the process of scientific inquiry.