Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) is a nonprofit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through different programs, which focus on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. Leonardo serves as a critical content provider through publications, which include scholarly journals and books published by The MIT Press (Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac and the Leonardo Book Series), as well as ARTECA, the latest joint digital publishing project with The MIT Press. Leonardo creates opportunities for the powerful exchange of ideas among practitioners in the arts, sciences and technology. Through publications, initiatives and public forums, Leonardo facilitates cross-disciplinary research in these fields, seeking to catalyze fruitful solutions for the challenges of the 21st century.

About LASER Talks

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

LASER Talks Tehran

“The LASER program is an organic organism that has multiplied through inspiring thought leaders in art, science and technology. We are excited to have LASER Tehran be the first middle-east node led by Maryam Razi. This fruitful bearing of cross-disciplinary conversation will feed back to the roots of the Leonardo network.” -Danielle Siembieda, Director, Leonardo/ISAST

LASERtalks Tehran is a two-hour biannual informal talk that is being supported by Mohsen Gallery in Iran. The first series of this gathering was held in December 2017 in Tehran as part of the collaboration between #martubprojects and TADAEX (Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition).



Hassan Ashayeri

Prof. Hassan Ashayeri (b. 1941) is an Iranian neuroscientist, neuropsychologist and professor of medical sciences in Iran. He is a graduate of the University of Freiburg. The subject he discussed was the role of music in mental health.

Laily Mahoozi

Laily Mahoozi (MD, FRCP) left for England at age seven, where she had her schooling and further education in Medicine. Then she continued her specializations in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Neuroendocrinology in the United States. She has been practicing medicine and living in Tehran since 2007, where she manages and treats the majority of patients with Pituitary disease in Iran and the region.

Her passion is the melding of art and science, fortifying science with the wonder of imagination and enriching the arts with knowledge.

The subject she discussed was the transmutation of the Pituitary gland and its hormones into the wonderland of Eastern Mysticism. Her mission is to view Medicine with a new attitude, breaking the boundaries of logic, hence, creating new possibilities for scientists and artists alike.

Hadi Moradi

Hadi Moradi (Ph.D, University of Southern California) is an associate Professor in the field of Machine Intelligence and Robotics at University of Tehran, School of Electric and Computer Engineering.

Hadi Moradi is a researcher in the field of robotics and intelligent systems. He has designed several robots inspired from biological creatures. He is also interested in the design and development of intelligent toys and games. In this talk, he explained his experience in the art of learning from biological systems and the art of hiding the shortcomings of engineering.

Amir Nasri

Amir Nasri (Ph.D, Allameh Tabataba’i University) received his BA degree in Philosophy from Tehran University and his MA in Western Philosophy and PhD in Philosophy of Art from Allameh Tabataba'i University. Since 2009, he has been a faculty member of Philosophy of Art at Allameh Tabataba'i University. He has authored 19 research papers and 2 books in Persian. He has translated 8 books to Persian, including the works of Roger Scruton, Hans Blumenberg, Karl Jaspers and he has also compiled two books from articles on topics of philosophy of art. He is the associate editor of Kimia-ye-Honar journal of art in Iran. His main research interests include: image studies, aesthetics and visual culture. In this lecture, he explained about his recent studies on Faces and particularly CyberFace as a new term.

Soroush Gharehbaghi

Soroush Gharehbaghi (M.Sc) is a recent graduate of computer software engineering from University of Tehran. He is a developer, researcher and artist dedicated to exploring new modes of expression and play. In this talk, he would discuss B.E.T(brain extraction tool). BET is a collection of interactive image analysis tools designed to process real-time scan of the human brain. It provides an automatic sequence to extract cortical surface mesh models from the Image, tools to register these to a labeled atlas to define anatomical regions of interest, and tools for processing diffusion imaging data. It also contains visualization tools for exploring these data, and can produce interactive maps of regional connectivity.