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Dr. Robert Gorbet

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Rob Gorbet is a mechatronics engineer and visual artist, supervising the design and production of interactive systems interfacing with physical sculpture. In parallel with his artwork, Gorbet is an...

Rob Gorbet is a mechatronics engineer and visual artist, supervising the design and production of interactive systems interfacing with physical sculpture. In parallel with his artwork, Gorbet is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is a mechatronics specialist. He is a key member of Gorbet Design, a company specializing in interactive multimedia exhibitry. His current research focuses on modelling and control of actuators made of shape memory alloys (SMA), and the specialized development of a new generation of sensing and actuating systems emphasizing tune and subtle motion connoting empathy. He integrates these innovations with fundamental knowledge of mechanical engineering, robotics, electronics and computer programming. This integrated research and technical expertise is applied to innovative design of technology-mediated sculptural work. Gorbet was Engineering Director for the Hylozoic Soil project and provided key direction for the preceding Implant Matrix installation at Interaccess Gallery. Projects include the award-winning interactive piece, P2P, exhibited in Kitchener (Contemporary Art Forum 2002), Toronto ( 2004 International McLuhan Festival) and San Jose ( International Symposium for Electronic Art, 2008), and a $100,000 commission for a solar-powered, permanent, dynamic outdoor sculpture for the city of Kitchener.




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