George Legrady

Lab Director
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George Legrady is distinguished professor of Digital Media and directs the Experimental Visualization Lab. He is former chair of the Media Arts & Technology (2013-2017) graduate program at UC Santa Barbara. He recently held a Visiting Professional Fellowship at the Centre for Interactive Cinema at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and also a Visiting Scholar position in the Diaspora Lab at the Institut des Mines-Télécom, Paris, France. Previous to UCSB, he directed the digital media graduate program at the Merz Akademie for Visual Communication in Stuttgart, co-directed the Information Arts/Conceptual Design program at the San Francisco State University, photography faculty in the Visual Arts dept. at the University of Southern California, visiting faculty at the California Institute for the Arts, and faculty in photography at the University of Western Ontario.

Lena Mathew

Ph.D. Candiadte
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Lena Mathew's Art / Science research focuses on "visual evoked potentials" (VEP) in our brainwaves based on collected EEG data. She is the initiator of the annual Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Sciences (AWMAS), an organization launched at UCSB in 2017 to empower women to succeed in STEM, with special emphasis on media arts, technology and engineering.

Rodger Luo

Alumni | Ph.D. 2020
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Principal AI Researcher at Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco focused on Reinforcement Learning, Deep Learning, Robotics, AI for Creatives.

Mohit Hingorani

Alumni | MS 2016
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Product designer & front end developer specializing in data visualization. Currently at Dropbox, San Francisco.

Angus Forbes

Alumni | Ph.D 2014
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Associate Professor in the Computational Media Department at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs the UCSC Creative Coding Lab. His research investigates novel techniques for visualizing and interacting with complex scientific information. Active in IEEE Vis Arts program, and ACM SIGGRAPH. Papers published in VIS, UIST, SIGGRAPH, CSCW, MM, NIME, ISMAR, SIGSPATIAL, EuroVis, TVCG, CG&A, CGF, BMC Bioinformatics, Brain Informatics, Human Brain Mapping, Leonardo, and others. Research funded through federal grants from NIH, NSF, and DARPA, as well as through corporate grants from Keysight Technologies and Epic Games.

Javier Villegas

Alumni | Ph.D 2012
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Electric engineer, media artist, expertise in signal processing, image processing and stochastic processes. Engineer at Smule, Inc. Alameda, California.

Pehr Hovey

Alumni | MS 2010
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Media artist/engineer, R & D Imagineer Senior / Creative Systems Engineer at Walt Disney Imagineering, Los Angeles. Fiber optics suits featured at the Guggenheim Museum.

Kristoffer Campanale

Alumni | MA 2007
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Kristoffer Kelly-Campanale has worked in media technology for over 15 years and is the systems engineer for Oregon Health & Science University’s Telehealth program. Kris has an extensive background in the blending of audiovisual technology and information systems. His areas of expertise include AV design and integration, videoconferencing, optimizing system interoperability and efficiency.

Aldo Figueroa

Alumni | MA 2006
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Instructor, 3D Computer Animation, Visual technologies, Advanced projects in Digital Media Art at CSU Channel Islands. Bassist for the Art Rockers, southern California rock band.

Andreas Schlegel

Alumni | MS 2004
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Faculty of Design Communication, and head of the LASALLE Media Lab, Lasalle University, Singapore. Internationally featured interactive works. Co-founder of syntfarm.org. Contributor to the processing.org software development, author of controlP5, OscP5 and sDrop libraries. Previously worked with Art + Com, Berlin.

Weihao Qiu

Ph.D. Student
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Research is in interactive computational audiovisual creation.The category of his work includes autonomous robotic system, distributed audiovisual system, data visualization, and computational photography.

Masood Kamandy

Ph.D. Student
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Masood Kamandy is a Los Angeles based artist working with code and lens-based media. Masood received his MFA from the University of California Los Angeles (2012) and his BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2004). He participated in dOCUMENTA(13) in both Kassel and Kabul (Summer 2012). Kamandy founded the first photography department at Kabul University (2002–05). Kamandy is an arts educator in Los Angeles.

Ariella Gilmore

MS student
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"Language of Technology" is an interactive data visualization based on an analysis of online text documents that feature historical trend comparisons between the digital media arts "Ars Electronica" and the engineering-based "Association of Computing Machinery" between the years 1987-2019.

Junxiang Yao

Alumni | MS 2019
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Interaction Designer / currently pursuing a Master of Design degree in Interaction Design at California College of the Arts.

Lu Liu

Alumni | MS 2019
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UX (User Experience Design) & Visualization Engineer at onsite@ Google. Previous research at UCSB focused on human-computer interaction, data/information visualization, and interactive installations, combining art, science, engineering, and theory.

Danny Bazo

Alumni | Ph.D 2016
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Robotics engineer and multimedia artist. Currently software engineer at Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute (2016-2017).

Qian Liu

Alumni | MS 2013
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Frontend developer, data visualization at CitizenNet, a Condé nast Company, Los Angeles.

August Black

Alumni | Ph.D. 2011
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Assistant professor, College of Media, Communication and Information, University of Colorado, Boulder. Previously at Atlas Institute, University of Boulder.

Reza Ali

Alumni | MS 2010
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Computational designer, software (graphics | ui | ux) engineer, and (visual | spatial) artist at 3BlackDot, Intel Studios, Keynote@Apple, Google, Nokia, and others.

Eunsu Kang

Alumni | MS 2005
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Ph.D DXArts, University of Washington. Internationally exhibiting artist, curator, researcher, and educator who explores the intersections of art and machine-learning. Visiting faculty of Art and Machine Learning, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Previously Associate Professor at the University of Akron, Ohio.

Weidi Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate
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Weidi Zhang is a new media artist and visual designer. Her current research and media art practice interest is investigating the possibilities of non-linear narrativity and semantic meanings through intelligent system design and spatial visualization in immersive environments.

Fabian Offert

Alumni | Ph.D. 2020
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Assistant professor, German & Slavic Studies Department, UCSB. Also research associate at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg investigating GAN-generated images as part of a DFG-funded research project on digital images. Also an affiliated researcher in the Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy Research Group at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Starting 2020, I will be Assistant and previously assistant curator at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Ambika Yadav

Alumni | MS 2016
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Senior Member of technical staff at Illumio, a data center and cloud computing company, Sunnyvale.

Yoon Chung Han

Alumni | Ph.D 2016
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Interaction designer, multimedia artist, and researcher. Her researches include data visualization, biometric data visualization and sonification, new interface for musical expression, and mobile user experience design.Currently she is an Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at the Department of Design in the San Jose State University. Active in IEEE Vis Arts program, and ACM SIGGRAPH curation.

Andres Burbano

Alumni | Ph.D 2013
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Andres Burbano is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Design at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. Active in IEEE Vis Arts program, and ACM SIGGRAPH curation. He is also affiliated with the Media Arts Histories program at the Donau University in Krems, Austria. Andres directed and facilitated the "Imagining Macondo" installation inaugurated at the Bogota International Book Fair in 2015 celebrating Gabriel Garcia Marquez's celebrated "One Hundred Years of Solitude". The project was realized in collaboration with Angues Forbes at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and George Legrady at UCSB, Santa Barbara.

Rama Hoetzlein

Alumni | Ph.D. 2010
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Assistant Professor, Bower School of Music & the Arts, Florida Gulf Coast University. Previously Senior Engineer at NVidia, and faculty in the department of Architecture and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark. Exhibited artist with published papers in ACM, SIGGRAPH, Leonardo and others.

Jeungah Kim

Alumni | MA 2009
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Instructional Design Specialist at Atlas Copco.

Ethan Kaplan

Alumni | MFA 2005, Art dept
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General manager, Digital and chief digital officer at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Previously Director of Technology, Warner Brothers, Burbank, California.

Ayoub Sarouphim

Alumni | MA 2003
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Currently principal at Sarouphim Design Group. Previously Senior Design Associate, Klai Juba Architects, Las Vegas, Nevada. Practicing architect responsible for a number of designs in Las Vegas (Hard Rock Hotel, Ellis Resort, E Hotel/Casino, Gateway, and others).

Yan (Annie) Wang

Alumni | MA 2003
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Computer Science. Master thesis title "Chain-Camera: A Digital Interactive Information System on Database of Metadated Photographs".

Enrica Lovaglio Costello

Alumni | MA 2002
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Enrica Lovaglio Costello is an Associate Professor in the Art and Design department at Cal Poly, specializing in media arts and technology, with emphasis in visual narrative construction, creative content development, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural models. She studied Architecture in Genova (Italy), urban design in Lyon (France) and media arts and technology in Santa Barbara.