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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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Ivana Andjelkovic

PhD student
ivana (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Ivana's research currently focuses on context based music recommendation. Her goal is to create personalized recommendation system, aware of listener's mood and activity. Some of the fun things she works on are building a model of music listening context, creating visualizations of music collections and designing efficient interface for navigation.

BS, MS in Computer Science

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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Owen Campbell

Masters 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.

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Pablo Colapinto

PhD student
wolftype (at) gmail.com

Research in conformal geometric algebra and hyperbolic transformations.

Alexis Crawshaw

PhD student
alexis (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Sterling Crispin

Masters student
sterlingcrispin (at) gmail.com

Sterling Crispin is an artist and technologist born in Maui, Hawaii. His work explores the relationships between spirituality, human consciousness, and impermanence as they relate to the exponential growth of computing technology and our networked global culture.

James Darling

james (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Solen Kiratli DiCicco

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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RJ Duran

Masters student
rjduran (at) mat.ucsb.edu

 

RJ Duran is a computational designer, engineer, and researcher exploring the inherent properties and aesthetics of biological and emergent pattern formation through computational morphogenesis and 3D printing technologies. His current research investigates the fields of morphogenesis, systems biology, genetics, and bio-inspired design and technologies through computation and media arts.
He is interested in the ways we (humanity) build space, shape, and form leveraging modern 3d printing and fabrication technologies. This stems from a deep interest in the mechanisms of life as well as computational design and building what can become physical from the non-physical, "Form from Code" and meta-systems. It is his mission as an artist/scientist hybrid to understand the "deep complexity" embedded within natural systems and explore the ways form can originate, develop, evolve, and emerge through computational design processes.

RJ Duran is a computational designer, engineer, and researcher exploring the inherent properties and aesthetics of biological and emergent pattern formation through computational morphogenesis and 3D printing technologies. His current research investigates the fields of morphogenesis, systems biology, genetics, and bio-inspired design and technologies through computation and media arts.

He is interested in the ways we (humanity) build space, shape, and form leveraging modern 3d printing and fabrication technologies. This stems from a deep interest in the mechanisms of life as well as computational design and building what can become physical from the non-physical, "Form from Code" and meta-systems. It is his mission as an artist/scientist hybrid to understand the "deep complexity" embedded within natural systems and explore the ways form can originate, develop, evolve, and emerge through computational design processes.

Research Interests

Spatial Computing, Algorithmic Architectures, Real-Time Graphics, Generative Processes, Data Visualization, New media tools for DJing/VJing, BioInspired Processes & Technologies, Emergence, Complex Systems, Symmetries, Self Organization

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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.

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Yuan-Yi Fan

Extended Profile

PhD student
yyf.plus (at) gmail.com

Yuan-Yi Fan is a researcher, UI/UX designer, and creative developer, interested in interactive techniques for spectator participation. He worked for Nokia Research Center (2011), Oblong Industries Inc. (2012), and Nokia Advanced Design (2013). 

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David Gordon

Masters student
Multimedia Engineering
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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Yoon Chung Han

Extended Profile

PhD student
yoon (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Yoon Chung Han was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1983 and lives and works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco. She received BFA and MFA from Seoul National University with specialty in graphic design and interactive media design and achieved her second MFA in Design | Media Arts department in UCLA in 2010. Her major interest is an interactive art, especially focusing on sound. She made new kinds of musical instruments, experimental sound interface and interactive sound installations. 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. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D degree at MAT program in UCSB.

Anis Haron

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Michael Hetrick

PhD student
mhetrick (at) umail.ucsb.edu

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Mohit Hingorani

Masters student
mohit (at) mat.ucsb.edu

B.S. Electrical Engineering

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

 

Paul Jacobs

Masters student
paul.jacobs (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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.

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Kenny Kim

Masters 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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Qian Liu

Masters student
qian (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Bachelors degree in Digital Media Arts and Technology. Current research interests are Data Visualization, 3D animation, and computer graphics.

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Ryan McGee

PhD student
ryan (at) mat.ucsb.edu

MS Media Arts and Technology, UCSB

BSEE, UT Dallas

Interests: Musique concrete, Sonification, Visual Music, Spatial Audio, Biofeedback as a means to music compostion.

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Robert Miller

Masters student
rmiller (at) umail.ucsb.edu

Research Interests:

  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Computational Musicology
  • Sound Spatialization and Acousmatic Music
  • Fractals and Pattern Formation

Nataly Moreno

Masters student
nataly (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Sean Phillips

Masters student
sphillips (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Marco Pinter

PhD student
mpinter (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Developing works exploring the juxtaposition and interaction between physical kinetic form and visualization technology.

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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.

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Myles Sciotto

PhD student
f.myles (at) gmail.com

F.Myles Sciotto is an architect interested in empirical space, the ways in which structure imposes affect and the dialogue between the visceral and theoretical experience.  F.Myles explores "Alternity", an experiential translation of the mind/body and how the subconscious is able to inform its surroundings. The goal is to develop intelligent architectures created from bio-data and pattern processing, synthesized within new spatial interfaces.

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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

Joseph Tilbian

Mudit Uppal

Masters student
mudy (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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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

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Timothy Wood

Masters 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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Karl Yerkes

PhD student
yerkes (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Robert W. Deutsch Foundation fellow