Lunchtime Talk
Fri 14 Feb 13:00

Low-resolution versions of people using machine learning and other technologies

For this lunchtime talk we are delighted to be joined by Libby Miller a Producer at BBC R&D. Libby will be discussing her latest project the Libbybot and the techniques and tools she uses to develop her work.

Photo by David Man

Photo by David Man


Libby Miller

Libby is a producer at BBC R&D, working on new shared and communal experiences. She spends the rest of her time making things with Raspberry Pis and Arduinos, sometimes at Bristol Hackspace.

Libby has spent a couple of years trying to replicate herself, and more recently her friends. It's getting easier and easier to make something you can interact with that reminds you of a particular person - though how wise it is it another matter.

She'll be walking us through some of the techniques she's used to make "people", including GPT-2, voice generation and physical presence robots, and some of the hilarities and pitfalls.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.

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Past Events

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