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The Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts at 2018 AAAS in Austin


Pablo Picasso said, "Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not." Picasso was a visionary and an innovator, who channeled his powerful drive to create into artworks that disrupted the recognized canon. Not only did he "invent" cubism, Picasso was also a trailblazer in his collaborations with makers (experts in various techniques, from lithographic printing to ceramics, metal to cement). This session took the scientific investigation of Picasso's works as a lens for demonstrating how art can improve the human condition and spark innovation in science and engineering. The application of science to the study of art has unleashed innovation in order to address experimental restrictions posed by unique artworks, severely mass-restricted samples, and limited time for analysis. Led by a cadre of international experts from both the arts and the sciences, the panel on February 17, 2018, discussed such innovations in machine-learning and data science, mobile and non-invasive equipment development, and educating "whole-brain" engineers who are global citizens in their communities. Presentations included the following:

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