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David Adams

PhD student
adams (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Current research interests include: algorithmic counterpoint, robotic drawing, biofeedback visualization and aurilization, ambient music, ecological simulation, neural networks, recursive sentence generation, pink noise and complexity.

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Danny Bazo

PhD student
dannybazo (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Danny's research interests lie at the intersection of robotics and media arts, and are strongly informed by cybernetics, systems theory, and biologically-inspired engineering. Through the creation of robotic systems and environments, and through the analysis of historical and current representations of robotic beings in popular media such as cinema, television, and games, he aims to explore and illuminate the relationships between intelligence, physical embodiment, perception, awareness, and emotion. He has designed robotics and digital systems for arts and engineering projects in California, the United Kingdom, and Japan, and is currently a fellow of the Robert W. Deutsch foundation.

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Akshay Cadambi

MSc student
akshay (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Research interests are in audio programming and spatial music/audio. His goal is to re-think the design and use of content creation tools for object-based spatial audio. Prior to MAT, he received a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Bangalore, India.

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Owen Campbell

MSc student
owencampbell (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Musician, composer, multimedia artist, programmer.

Research interests include signal processing, machine learning, music visualization, music information retrieval, and musical instrument design.

Alexis Crawshaw

PhD student
alexis (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Qiaodong Cui

PhD student
qiaodong (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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RJ Duran

MSc student
rjduran (at) mat.ucsb.edu

I am a computational designer, engineer, researcher, media artist, and transdisciplinary thinker exploring the inherent properties, aesthetics, and mechanisms of biological and emergent pattern formation through data-driven immersive and interactive technologies, web based experiences, and 3D printing.

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Juan Manuel Escalante

PhD student
jmescalante (at) mat.ucsb.edu

After seven years of studying architecture and graduating with honours in both college and master programs, Juan Manuel decided finally to dedicate his life to the arts. In his late years he has been using code as a creative medium. However his roles range from: non-formal piano composer, exhibition curator, publisher/author/editor, designer, teacher, writer, bio and sound artist.

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Xárene Eskandar

PhD student
xarene (at) gmail.com

I am a researcher, designer and media artist with a diverse background ranging from fashion and automotive design to architecture and live visuals. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Design from University of Cincinnati, Department of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and MFA from Design Media Arts, UCLA.

Drawing upon cultural anthropology, my research is focused on the evolution of the symbiotic relationship of technology and the human with the aim of creating crossover points into dimensions and ecologies referred to as ‘utopia’, whether technological, architectural or social. My interest lies in questions that debunk prescriptions within either of these categories, and to instead offer neolexia for our future hybrid bodies.

My latest work looks at the merger of architecture with the human body.

Drawing upon cultural anthropology, my research is focused on the evolution of the symbiotic relationship of technology and the human with the aim of creating crossover points into dimensions and ecologies referred to as ‘utopia’, whether technological, architectural or social. My interest lies in questions that debunk prescriptions within either of these categories, and to instead offer neolexia for our future hybrid bodies.
My latest work looks at the merger of architecture with the human body.I am a researcher, designer and media artist with a diverse background ranging from fashion and automotive design to architecture and live visuals. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Design from University of Cincinnati, Department of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and MFA from Design Media Arts, UCLA.
Drawing upon cultural anthropology, my research is focused on the evolution of the symbiotic relationship of technology and the human with the aim of creating crossover points into dimensions and ecologies referred to as ‘utopia’, whether technological, architectural or social. My interest lies in questions that debunk prescriptions within either of these categories, and to instead offer neolexia for our future hybrid bodies.
My latest work looks at the merger of architecture with the human bodyI am a researcher, designer and media artist with a diverse background ranging from fashion and automotive design to architecture and live visuals. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Design from University of Cincinnati, Department of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and MFA from Design Media Arts, UCLA.
Drawing upon cultural anthropology, my research is focused on the evolution of the symbiotic relationship of technology and the human with the aim of creating crossover points into dimensions and ecologies referred to as ‘utopia’, whether technological, architectural or social. My interest lies in questions that debunk prescriptions within either of these categories, and to instead offer neolexia for our future hybrid bodies.
My latest work looks at the merger of architecture with the human body.
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David Gordon

MSc student
davidgordon (at) umail.ucsb.edu

David Gordon creates music, visual art and software that explore multisensory perception through the interaction of sound and visuals. He has a particular interest in finding patterns shared by artworks and natural systems. Recent projects include interactive sound visualization, biologically-inspired music, algorithmic composition and sonification.

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Atakan Gunal

MSc student
gunal (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Yoon Chung Han

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PhD student
yoon (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Yoon Chung Han is an interaction designer, multimedia artist, and researcher. Her researches include interactive media arts, data visualization, biometric data visualization and sonification, new interface for musical expression, and mobile user experience design. Her works were introduced in major media art festivals internationally such as Siggraph Art Gallery 2009 in USA, 13th Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo, 4th Take Away Festival of DIY Media in London Science Museum, Videotage in Hong Kong, and Collider in University of Akron. And her publications were selected from Leonardo Journal, NIME, ICAD, and ACM Multimedia. She studied Graphic Design and Interaction Design at Seoul National University (under Prof. Suzung Kim), and achieved two Master degrees at SNU and Design | Media Arts in UCLA (under Prof. Casey Reas) Recently she was a graduate student researcher and teaching assistant at Experimental Visualization Lab under Prof. George Legrady. Currently she is a PhD candidate at Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara, and a Visiting Researcher / PhD Student at SENSEable City Lab at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Anis Haron

PhD student

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Hilda (Chang) He

MSc student
changhe (at) mat.ucsb.edu

B.S. Computer Science

Research Interests: Computer Graphics, Data Visualization, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Animation, Real-time Rendering and Interactive Technologies.

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Michael Hetrick

PhD student

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Mohit Hingorani

MSc student
mohit (at) mat.ucsb.edu

B.S. Electrical Engineering

Research Interests: Data Visualization, Long Exposure Photography, Immersive Multimedia Systems and Interactive Technologies.

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Mark Hirsch

PhD student
hirsch (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Mark Hirsch describes himself as an InterArtist, communicating in languages of sound, visualization, code, and design to realize his ideas. Through his work, Hirsch seeks to use experimental technology to create new connections between seemingly unrelated elements of daily life. The interactive nature of his projects lends a degree of intimacy to the often cold, impersonal aesthetic of digital technology.

Current research includes: data sculpture, mechatronic art, interactive installation (sound, visual, touch).

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Intae Hwang

PhD student
intae (at) mat.ucsb.edu

As an artist, Intae Hwang investigates the design manufacturing process, especially in connection to the interaction between machine-driven skill and the human hand. He tried to convert hand-made process to computerized manufacturing. By doing so, his current works explore the use and development of technology in the creation of art objects.

Also, Intae is mimicking the process of traditional form making with advanced robotics. At the same time, he is creating the robots themselves, which replaced his body as an approach of an artist who stand-in to participate in social activities.

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Aaron Demby Jones

PhD student
aaron.demby.jones (at) gmail.com

MA Mathematics, University of Rochester
BA Music, Mathematics, Brown University

Research Interests: Multimodal representation of physics and mathematics, psychoacoustics, granular synthesis, algorithmic composition.

Woohun Joo

PhD student
joo (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Kurt Kaminski

MSc student
kurt (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Kurt Kaminski is an artist from Austin, Texas currently pursuing an MS here at MAT. He holds a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and spent six years in Los Angeles where he worked as a lighting and compositing artist for feature animated films. Kurt’s work spans multiple disciplines including data visualization, digital fabrication, live performance, generative art, and photography.

Through collaboration and research, he engages directly with the sciences to explore pattern, cognition, and scale. He seeks to challenge the separation of humankind from the natural world while engaging in the exquisite mechanisms that bind technology, life, and beauty together. Kurt is a member of the Allosphere Research Group and the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society.

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Kenny Kim

PhD student
kenny_911 (at) hotmail.com

Guitarist, programmer, and expert pillow fighter.

Research interests include machine learning aided algorithmic composition and visualization.

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Sölen Kiratli

PhD student
solenk (at) gmail.com

Sölen is a researcher and practitioner in media arts and design.She works with digital media, ranging from physical computing devices to digital fabrication techniques. Her research interest is the design of interactive systems with an embodiment approach. She is currently contemplating on the behavioral response of things, whether humans or machines, objects or biological systems.

She holds a BSc degree in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from University of Southern California (USC). She has worked on several architectural projects in Los Angeles area. She is the recipient of UCIRA Social Ecologies Grant, VIDA 13.0 Artistic Production Incentives, and IHC (Interdisciplinary Humanities Center) Media Arts Award.

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Han-Wei Kung

PhD student
hkung (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Han-Wei is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Media Arts and Technology at UCSB. Prior to that he completed his Master of Science in Visualization at Texas A&M University in 2014. He also received a Master of Engineering from Cornell University in 2012 and a B.S. from National Chiao Tung University in 2007, both in Computer Science. In between college and graduate school he was a technical director at Digimax, Inc., where he worked on an IMAX computer-animated feature film.

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Lu Liu

MSc student
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Rodger (Jieliang) Luo

PhD student
rluo (at) mat.ucsb.edu

  • Autonomous Cameras
  • Information Visualization
  • Mixed Reality


Nataly Moreno

MSc student
nataly (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Fabian Offert

PhD student
fabian (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Fabian Offert is a curator and engineer with research interests
in abstract machines, quantum computation, digital art conservation,
and the interface of media and performance art. Before joining MAT, he
worked at ZKM | Karlsruhe, where he curated and managed several
large-scale exhibitions. Other collaborations include Goethe Institut
New York and IRCAM/Centre Pompidou. Fabian received his Dipl. degree
from Justus Liebig University Giessen, where he was a student of
composer and director Heiner Goebbels, with a thesis on "Information,
Concept, Computability. The Computer as a Medium of Art". As a fellow
of the German Academic Exchange Service, he was a visiting scholar at
the University of California, Berkeley. He is a fellow of the Regents
of the University of California and an alumnus of the German National
Academic Foundation.

Fabian Offert is a curator and engineer with research interests in abstract machines, quantum computation, digital art conservation, and the interface of media and performance art. Before joining MAT, he worked at ZKM | Karlsruhe, where he curated and managed several large-scale exhibitions. Other collaborations include Goethe Institut New York and IRCAM/Centre Pompidou. Fabian received his Dipl. degree from Justus Liebig University Giessen, where he was a student of composer and director Heiner Goebbels, with a thesis on "Information, Concept, Computability. The Computer as a Medium of Art". As a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a fellow of the Regents of the University of California and an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation.

Sean Phillips

MSc student
sphillips (at) mat.ucsb.edu

 

 

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Weihao Qiu

MSc student
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Gustavo Rincon

PhD student
grincon (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Gustavo Alfonso Rincon (M.Arch., MFA, B.Sc., BA) is educated as an architect, visual artist and currently is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Program in the Media Arts and Technology (MAT) in the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).  He holds Masters Degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as well as a Masters in Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).  Currently, he works with the AlloSphere Group as a researcher with JoAnn Kuchera-Morin at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) in UCSB. 

Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli

PhD student

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Sahar Sajadieh

PhD student
sahar (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Sahar Sajadieh is a post media and performance artivist(artist/activist) and scholar,  performer, poet, playwright, theater director and computer scientist originally from Iran.  She is an alien resident of the United States and a non-alien non-resident citizen of Canada.

Sahar’s research interest is in finding her research interests and her identity is in the process of development through her search for identity! She is hoping to develop a digital technology through which she can watch you through the picture close to her bio on the website!

Additionally, Sahar is interested in transciplinary post-experimentation in post-performative post-technologist notion of arts. In her research she is seeking to explore the application of post-intelligent augmented systems, multi-level cognitive spaces, Post-humanist virtual machine learning techniques, n-dimensional cyber-sonified visualization methods, and finally multi-dimensional robotic body architectures in the enhancement of scientific arts and artistic technologies. She is very excited for being here.

Ehsan Sayyad

PhD student
ehsan (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Myles Sciotto

PhD student
f.myles (at) gmail.com

F. Myles Sciotto is interested in the dynamics of space, sound and the dialogue between architecture and music. He received his Masters of Architecture from SCI-Arc where he received the Best Thesis Honor. Myles is currently a Ph.D Candidate at UCSB and holds a Lecturer position at USC School of Architecture teaching studios that focus on the role of interactive systems and sound within the field of architecture.

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Jungah Son

PhD student
jungah (at) mat.ucsb.edu

MS Radiation Applied Life Science, Seoul National University
BE Electrical Engineering, Korea University

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Joseph Tilbian

PhD student
jtilbian at mat dot ucsb dot edu

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Matthias Wagner

MSc student
matthias (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Matthias comes from background as performer/composer in music. He’s interested in all aspects of incorporating technology in the art making process, including sound design, algorithmic composition, sound visualization and data sonification.

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Nathan Weitzner

PhD student
nweitzner (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Hannah Wolfe

PhD student
wolfe (at) umail.ucsb.edu

Research Interests: Human Computer Interaction, Robotics,Machine Learning, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Interactive Environments, Physical Computing, Data Visualization

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Timothy Wood

PhD student
fishuyo (at) mat.ucsb.edu

I am an artist technologist, inspired by the music and dance of nature, in love with life and the air in my lungs. It is my desire to explore the relationships between healing, creativity, and spontaneous expression through interactive and performative audiovisual environments.

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Jiayue Wu

PhD student
cecilia (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Originally from Beijing, Jiayue Wu is a scholar, music director, composer, vocalist, and audio engineer. Jiayue earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Fashion Design and Engineering in 2000. Upon winning the MTV Asian Beat amateur band contest with her band, Universal Music identified her talent and signed her as a music producer and songwriter in Hong Kong. During her years in the music industry, Jiayue wrote 70 songs for many popular artists in the Greater China Area. She produced and released her first album of original music, Clean Your Heart, in 2010 which was published by Taihe Rye Music. Jiayue's music has been performed in China, Southeastern Asia, the United States and Europe.

In 2013 Jiayue obtained her Master’s degree from the Music, Science and Technology program at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, where she focused on computer-generated music, computer-assisted composition and audio engineering. Jiayue also served as a researcher and international coordinator at the Shangri-La Folk Music Preservation Association. As a musician, she received an award from the California State Assembly for her contributions as a positive role model in sharing Chinese culture.

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Ambika Yadav

MSc student
ambika (at) mat.ucsb.edu

B.E Electronics And Communication (MIT,Manipal,India)

Interest Areas:

Immersive Interactive Systems,Computer Graphics , Virtual And Augmented Reality, Creative Engineering, User Interface and Experience Design, Human Computer Interaction, Data Visualization and Educational Technologies

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Jing Yan

MSc student
jing_yan (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.theuniqueeye.com

Jing Yan is an interaction designer and multimedia artist. Her interests include interface design, user experience, interactive media arts, and data visualization.

She received her BA degree in advertising from Tongji University (Shanghai, China) and spent years studying interaction design. She has been an exchange student in Phillips-Marburg Universitat (Hessen, Germany) where she studied literature and explored various art museums in Europe. Currently she is a graduate student at Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara (United States) focusing on visual and spatial arts.

She worked at Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, where she participated in the execution of several contemporary art exhibitions and exhibition promotion through social media.  

 

Junxiang Yao

MSc student
junxiangyao (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Karl Yerkes

PhD student
yerkes (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Robert W. Deutsch Foundation fellow

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Keehong Youn

PhD student
keehong (at) mat.ucsb.edu

  • Media Installation
  • Innovative Interface
  • Real-time Graphics

BS & MS Mechanical Engineering, Seoul Nat’l Univ.