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Sabina Hyoju Ahn

PhD student

sabina (at) mat.ucsb.edu

sabinaahn.com

Sabina Hyoju Ahn is an artist engaging with various media represented through auditory perception, tactile sense, visual elements and a mixture of digital and analog technology. Her research seeks to find hidden rules and patterns in natural elements and multi-layered relationships between human and non-human beings by translating imperceptible data in natural elements into different perceptual experiences. In her work, biological materials are often used, combined or connected to machines, and transformed. Her recent research focuses on the physical nature of the human perceptual system driven by a post-digital media concept and applying a contemporary scientific and artistic research method.

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Alejandro Aponte

PhD student

aponte (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Shashank Aswathanarayana

PhD student

shashank (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.shashankaswath.com

Shashank Aswathanarayana is a music technologist, percussionist and researcher from Bengaluru, India. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to this, Shashank was a music information retrieval engineer at a San Francisco-based mobile startup, Humtap. He holds a Masters degree in Music Technology from New York University and a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University in India. His research interests include spatial/3D audio, soundscape studies and music information retrieval. In his free time, he enjoys trekking, traveling and playing sports.

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Nathan Blair

PhD student

nathan (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Nathan Blair is a music producer, computer scientist, and emergent media artist from Los Angeles, California. He is currently looking for new ways to synthesize audio with machine learning. Prior to arriving at UCSB, he studied electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley. He also spent multiple summers researching computer vision for asteroid and comet detection at NASA JPL.

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Samuelle Bourgault

PhD student

samuellebourgault (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Deniz Çağlarcan

MAT MSc student, PhD student in Music

deniz (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Deniz Çağlarcan is a Los Angeles-based composer, violist, and conductor initially from Istanbul, Turkey. He investigates the sonic quality of electronic music by any means and realizes this idealized environment as a model for his musical language. Çağlarcan’s music explores the interaction between acoustic instruments and electronic sounds within their sonic morphology. Besides, he is intrigued to create an environment by utilizing various immersive audio techniques as well as visuals and spatial elements that surround the audience. He performs interdisciplinary works collaborating with media artists, computer graphics developers, and machine learning engineers.

His works include solo instrumental pieces, chamber music, large ensembles, tape/electroacoustic works, live-electronic, mixed works, audio/visual compositions, site-specific sound installations, arrangements as well as film and video games scores.

Besides his composition career as a violist, he performs in solo concerts, chamber music, new music ensembles, and popular music. He is also co-founder of the ADE Duo ensemble.

He studied orchestral conducting for over eight years, and at Central Michigan University, he continued very in-depth study with José-Luis Maúrtua.

He holds degrees in Master of Music in Viola Performance from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Composition from Bilkent University.

Çağlarcan is currently a Ph.D. student in Composition studying with João Pedro Oliveira and Master of Science in Media Arts and Technology with Curtis Roads at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He has studied with notable composers and performers; Mark Andre, Beat Furrer, Tolga Yayalar, Bruno Mantovani, Ken Ueno, Pierluigi Billone, Clara Iannotta, Alberto Posadas, Isabel Mundry, Ulrich Kreppein, Laura San Martin, Jay C. Batzner, Alicia Valoti, Sheila Browne, Scott Woolweaver, Yuri Gandelsman, Tatjana Masurenko, Walter Küssner, Hartmut Rohde, Alexander Zemtsov, Ulrich Mertin, Christine Ruthledge.

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Ana María Cárdenas

PhD student

acardenas (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Mengyu Chen

PhD student

mengyuchen (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.mengyuchen.com

Mengyu Chen is an artist and designer working in the realms of technology, philosophy, and culture. His projects adopt an anti-anthropocentric approach to design and engineering, conceptualizing machines and objects on the same ontological level as human beings.

As a working artist, he completed his Masters in digital + media at RISD while a member of the Data Visceralization Research Group, and a permanent collaborator of the Mestizo Robotics at RISD and RPI. Areas of investigation include interactivity, ideology, prosthetic social extensions, object-oriented aesthetics, and autonomous machines.

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Enrica Costello

PhD student

enrica (at) mat.ucsb.edu

amaregalileo.com

Enrica was raised in an Italian hamlet by the Mediterranean sea; her deep sea diver dad taught her early on the value of knowing how to build her creative projects. She studied Architecture in Genova (Italy), urban design in Lyon (France) and media arts and technology in Santa Barbara (U.S.A.). In life she embraced creative fields in which it was indispensable to own the technical side of her creations. Architecture, more than any, requires the knowledge of design as well as construction, materials, and sustainable practices, all merging to make a living sculpture.

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Pau Roselló Diaz

MSc student

pau (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.paurosello.net

Pau Roselló is a multimedia artist and developer from Catalonia based in Santa Barbara. With works in the nexus of art and technology, he focuses on computational art, generative graphics, software and color music. He researches the expressive potential of algorithms and code and has published open-source tools for different languages and frameworks. His recent works explore the simplicity and potential of fragment shaders, and the blockchain as a new tool for creative expression. Pau holds a degree in Multimedia from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and is currently pursuing a Media Arts and Technology MSc at UCSB.

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Stejara Dinulescu

PhD student

sdinulescu (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Diarmid Flatley

PhD student

diarmid (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Devon Frost

PhD student

dfrost (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Jenni Hutson

MSc student

jhutson (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Masood Kamandy

PhD student

masood (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Anzu Kawazoe

PhD student

anzu (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Jack Kilgore

MSc student

jkilgore (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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You-Jin Kim

PhD student

yujnkm (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.yujnkm.com

I'm interested in exploring new ways of interaction in immersive mixed reality. I strive to bring an immersive theater experience in augmented reality, designed for a wide-area outdoor environment. I envision a computational world that captures the delicacy of human communication and relationships. I love to infuse joy and play into the game world I make, where community and life can transform.

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Myungin Lee

PhD student

myunginlee (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.myunginlee.com

Myungin Lee is a researcher designing multimodal instruments based on scientific theory, composition, signal processing and machine learning, and gestural interface. He pursues cohesive multimodal instrument design and compositions by establishing the crossmodal correspondence between different modalities including physics, audio, graphics, and interface. Currently, he is a PhD candidate affiliated with the AlloSphere Research Group at UCSB, and previously held an internship in the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) program at Nokia Bell Labs in 2020. Myungin received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electronics and Computer Engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.

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Shaokang Li

MSc student

shaokang (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Yixuan Li

MSc student

yixuan (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Yixuan Li is interested in the technologies of understanding various forms of arts and presenting artworks to the mass, including data visualization, computer vision, etc. She received her BSc degree in Data Science and Technology from Fudan University in China. Besides, she has years of experience performing modern dance, Chinese classical dance, and street dance. She is currently looking for ways to combine computer technology and dance together.

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Nefeli Manoudaki

MSc student

nefeli (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Ryan Millett

MSc student

rmillet (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Iason Paterakis

MSc student

iason (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Anshul Pendse

PhD student

anshulpendse (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Weihao Qiu

PhD student

wqiu (at) mat.ucsb.edu

qwh7.portfoliobox.net

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Raphael Radna

MAT MSc student, Music PhD student

rradna (at) mat.ucsb.edu

raphaelradna.com

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Greg Reardon

PhD student

reardon (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Ehsan Sayyad

PhD student

ehsan (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.ehsansayyad.com

Ehsan does VR and stuff.

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Jungah Son

PhD student

jungah (at) mat.ucsb.edu

MSc Radiation Applied Life Science, Seoul National University. BS Electrical Engineering, Korea University.

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Mert Toka

PhD student

merttoka (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Mert received his BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Sabanci University, Turkey, and worked as a research assistant in Behavioral Analytics and Visualization Lab (BAVLAB) in the same institution. His primary interests include Computer Graphics, Interaction Design, Data Visualization and Physical Computing.

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Ashley del Valle

PhD student

adelvalle (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Ashley Del Valle-Morales is a researcher and an entrepreneur currently working in the Expressive Computation Lab doing her PhD in Media Art and Technology. She has a bachelor from the University of Puerto Rico in Electrical Engineering. Ashley is an NSF-GRFP awardee in STEM Education and Learning, and a University Innovation Fellow (UIF). She is interested in Human-Computer Interaction through immersive technologies and aims to develop educational interactive tools and/or experiences to motivate young students, especially those from underrepresented communities, to learn about STEAM.

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CY (Chengyuan) Xu

PhD student

cxu (at) mat.ucsb.edu

cyxu.tv

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Lu Yang

MSc student

lu_yang (at) mat.ucsb.edu

meta-nomads.com