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Sunday Jun 24 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


About the Film:

Directed by Christopher Nolan. 2014. USA. 169 min.

In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.

Admission: Free with RSVP.

Special guests: Join Dr. Kimberley Binstead, principal investigator for the NASA-funding HI-SEAS program, and Dr. Song K. Choi from the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for a post-screening conversation about current realities of space exploration. 

Kim Binsted is the principal investigator for the NASA-funded HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) program, which conducts long-duration space exploration simulations at an isolated habitat on Mauna Loa. She received her BSc in physics at McGill (1991), and her PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (1996). Her thesis topic was the computational modeling and generation of punning riddles, and her program, JAPE (Joke Analysis and Production Engine), generated puns such as "What do you call a Martian who drinks beer? An ale-ien!" She then went to Japan, where she conducted research at Sony's Computer Science Laboratories on human-computer interfaces, and then started a company, I-Chara KK, which developed social software agents for mobile phones. In 2002, she joined the faculty of the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawai‘i, where she researches artificial intelligence, human-computer interfaces, and long-duration human space exploration.

Dr. Song K. Choi received his BS, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, respectively. He specializes in robotics with an emphasis in unmanned systems, automatic control systems, autonomous vehicle design, novel sensor systems, alternative/renewable power sources, and graphic monitoring systems for unmanned vehicles that utilize underwater technologies. He returned to Hawaiʻi in 1991 as a professor of autonomous systems engineering, publishing several papers in his arenas of expertise. In addition to serving as assistant dean of the UH College of Engineering since 2004, he has also worked with primary, middle, and high schools throughout the state to promote STEM education through robotics. He is a co-founder and president of Marine Autonomous Systems Engineering, Inc., a Hawaiʻi-based spin-off company specializing in autonomous marine technologies. He is an active member of several engineering and philanthropic societies and serves as a board member on several technology and education organizations.

Read The New York Times review.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

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