What are Automata?
Because of their diversity, automata are difficult to define. Here is our loose definition of them: “Machines that replicate human, animal, or inanimate objects’ motions, capabilities, and/or everyday tasks. These can be hand cranked, motor driven, or computer controlled.” This definition may be expanded as time flows. (Automata Magazine Group Forum)
My name is Giuseppe Civitarese (aka Pino), from Visintini, Italy. I am an oceanographer, and in my second life I am a card models builder and designer. My passion for paper modelling began in 2000, when I decided to build a paper castle for my little nephew Matteo. Later, Matteo never built any paper model. On the other hand, since then I've never abandoned this hobby. My specific interest is in designing paper automata, and terrestrial and celestial globes from digital replicas of antique maps.
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The transMediterranean oceanographic cruise on board of the research vessel Meteor gave me the opportunity to meet (and to share the cabin with) Fernando Rozada, a skilled bio/chem technician working in Vigo (Spain), but he comes from the region of Castilla … Continue reading
From 5 to 28 April 2011 I will be on board of the German research ressel METEOR for a transMediterranean cruise. The principal scientific objective of the cruise (code M84/3) has two closely-linked components: understanding and documenting the large-scale Mediterranean water … Continue reading