Dr. Madeline Gannon, Artist in Residence awarded Knight Foundation grant

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We are proud to announce that Dr. Madeline Gannon, Researcher, and Artist in Residence at the Robotics and Digital Fabrication Lab (RDF) at the School of Architecture, has been awarded $92,000 from the Knight Foundation for her project “Open-Source Toolkit for Creative Robotics.” This project is designed to make robotics more accessible and relevant to the broader society through their incorporation into an art-based project to be exhibited at the FIU School of Architecture Miami Beach Urban Studios. Dr. Gannon believes that a stronger, more diverse collective imagination can better guide the future of robotic technology.
Dr. Gannon is a returning alumnus of the Architecture program who has been residing at the RDF lab for the past year. When asked about this accomplishment, she said, “I'm beyond thrilled to be a recipient of the 2022 Knight Foundation New Work Award — and to be doing this work back home at FIU. Knight Foundation is enabling me to develop cutting-edge software tools that make creative robotics more open to artists, designers, and architects. I'm honored to be developing this work while in residence at FIU RDF Lab and to then exhibit it at FIU MBUS later in 2024. I'm grateful to my alma mater for its continued support, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge — and my journey — with the next generation of creative minds at FIU.
Faculty members at the RDF are extremely excited about this project, and the recognition it will bring to the lab, and the new avenues of robotic research that Dr. Gannon will initiate as a result of this grant.