Faculty

Sha Xin Wei

Director & Professor

Sha Xin Wei, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at ASU.   He directs the Synthesis Center for responsive environments and improvisation with colleagues in AME and affiliate research centers. Dr. Sha's research concerns ethico-aesthetic improvisation, and a topological approach to morphogenesis and process philosophy.  His particular areas of study include the real-time, continuous mapping of features extracted from gestural instruments (such as woven or non-woven fabrics) into parameters modulating the continuous synthesis of video, sound, and physical or software control systems.

Edward Finn

Director of Center for Science and the Imagination & Assistant Professor

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, co-director of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas and the future.

Todd Ingalls

Assistant Director & Associate Research Professor

Todd Ingalls is a media composer who works with interactive performance and experiential media systems. His research focuses on gestural communication and embodied media interaction, affect in music, and algorithmic media composition as well as novel mediated environments for stroke and Parkinson's disease rehabilitation

Robert LiKimWa

Assistant Professor

Robert heads Meteor Studio, which designs software and hardware systems to raise the performance, efficiency, privacy, and expressiveness of smartphones, tablets, IoT, VR/AR, drones, and other mobile systems. Prior to coming to ASU, LiKamWa completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also interned at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington and in Beijing, China, Samsung Mobile Processor Innovation Lab in Richardson, Texas, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.

Loren Olson

Clinical Assistant Professor

Loren Olson is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. Loren's research work is in the areas of mixed reality rehabilitation, interaction architecture, and media systems for education. Prior to joining the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Loren spent 16 years creating animation and effects for film and television. His awards include eight Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

Pavan Turaga

Assistant Professor

Pavan Turaga is an Assistant Professor in Arts, Media and Engineering, and Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. He received the B.Tech. degree in Electronics and communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

Garth Paine

Associate Professor

Garth's current research centers around the Listen(n) Project, on Acoustic Ecology project that focuses on Field Recording and community building. In 2016 he established the Acoustic Ecology Lab at ASU with co-director, Sabine Feisst. He is affiliate faculty at the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.  

Lauren Hayes

Assistant Professor

Lauren Sarah Hayes is a composer and performer from Glasgow, UK, who works with combinations of bespoke software, prepared piano, analogue mono-synths, drum machines, and live electronics. Her practice explores new strategies for live electronic performance by investigating the performer's physical relationship with the digital realm, and seeking to deepen this through the modality of touch.

Suren Jayasuriya

Assistant Professor

Before he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the ECE Department at Cornell University, and a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. His research focuses on designing new types of computational cameras, systems, and visual computing algorithms that can extract and understand more information from the world around us.

Stacey Kuznetsov

Assistant Professor

Stacey Kuznetsov is an assistant professor at the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering at Arizona State University. Her research explores the role of technology in collective efforts to construct knowledge and address issues. Her work applies HCI (Human Computer Interaction) and design methods to the study of current and future systems for science and technology. She develops low-cost tools and bottom-up design methods for citizen science, community activism, and (DIY) biology.

Stacey Moren

Lecturer

Stacey Moran (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2017) is Lecturer in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering and the Department of English. Her research lies at the intersections feminist theory and technoscience, design research, and critical pedagogy. Moran's current research investigates how methods in the physical sciences provide a foothold for thinking about the materiality of knowledge production in feminist theory and practice.Moran is Associate Director of the Laboratory for Critical Technics and Faculty Program Co-Director of "Design + Society in the Netherlands," a summer abroad program on Dutch Design.

Byron Lahey

Instructor

Byron Lahey received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Both of these degrees were completed with an emphasis in Sculpture. He is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the relationship between form and function in the space where physical and digital systems converge.Byron has worked as a professional sculptor and multimedia artist in fine arts and commercial realms and has taught a wide range of arts, design and engineering courses. Additionally, he has served as a faculty member and technician in ASU's sculpture department, and he often works as a programmer, consultant, fabricator and engineer.

Seth Thorn

Instructor

Seth recently completed his PhD in Computer Music and Multimedia at Brown University (2018). He holds an MA in German studies from Brown, an MA in political theory from the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, and a BA in philosophy from Northwestern University. The broad focus of his teaching and research is digital sound, violin performance, instrument design and augmentation, musical gesture, and the elucidation of these areas through dialogue with continental philosophy. He has performed at, or had work performed at, ICMC, NIME, SEAMUS, NYCEMF, The SPLICE Festival; presented technology at the Guthman Competition at Georgia Tech; was invited as a composer to residencies by the iPark Foundation, Hewnoaks Colony, and Playa Foundation; held Fulbright, Brown Open Graduate Education, and Tisch Foundation fellowships; given invited talks at the SPLICE Festival, the Guthman Competition, the Arizona State University Digital Culture Speaker Series, and NIME; and held scholarships for participation in summer music festivals at the Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, The International Summer Music Academy of the Juilliard School, and the Chautauqua Institution.

Adam Nocek

Assistant Professor

Adam has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington. His research and teaching lie at the intersections of Continental philosophy and science and technology studies, digital culture and aesthetics, and design and technoscience. Adam has published numerous essays on media theory, artificial life, architecture, the history of biotechnology, and process philosophy.  He is the co-editor of the collection, The Lure of Whitehead (Minnesota 2014), and a special issue of the journal, Inflexions, titled “Animating Biophilosophy” (2014). He is currently working on a manuscript titled, The Molecular Avant-Garde: Towards a Cosmopolitics of Scientific Visuality.

Grisha Coleman

Associate Professor

Grisha Coleman is a New York City native and has worked as a composer, performer and choreographer. She holds an M.F.A. in Composition and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts. She joined the School of Arts, Media and Engineering in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor of Movement, Computation and Digital Media in 2008 after completing a research fellowship at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

David Tinapple

Associate Professor

Prior to studying studio art at Carnegie Mellon, David worked in “Cognitive Engineering”, a branch of interface design focused on finding ways to support human cognition, coordination, and performance in complex task domains (intelligence analysis, command and control, health care, human robot coordination).

Ariane Middel

Assistant Professor

Ariane Middel’s research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of urban climate with focus on climate-sensitive urban form, design, landscapes, and infrastructure in the face of extreme heat and climatic uncertainty.For the past six years, Middel has advanced the field of urban climate science through applied and solutions-oriented research employing quantitative and qualitative field observations, local and microscale climate modeling, and geovisualization to investigate sustainability challenges related to heat, thermal comfort, Urban Heat Islands, water use, energy use, and human-climate interactions in cities.Her ongoing research is focused on developing better models and metrics to quantify urban heatscapes as they are experienced by pedestrians. She currently develops a thermal comfort model based on an innovative big data approach using Street View data, deep learning, and novel environmental sensing techniques such as the biometeorological MaRTy cart.

Kimberlee Swisher

Lecturer

Kimberlee Swisher is a lecturer in the school of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME), and a co-director of the Digital Culture Summer Institute at AME, a 3-week summer program for kids 12 to 18. She graduated from ASU with a Master of Music in Composition and Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance. Her focus in graduate school was on the development of technology to integrate into music education and therapy, especially using off-the-shelf motion capture to create gestural instruments. She loves working with kids and learners of all ages, and in addition to teaching at the university level, has taught K-12 music and technology in several schools and after-school programs in California and Arizona.

Christian Ziegler

Assistant Professor

He is Associate Artist at German Center of Art and Media / ZKM Karlsruhe, Researcher at the International Choreographic Center in Amsterdam / ICKAmsterdam. Researcher, Lecturer at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Haute École de Théâtre de Suisse Romande HETSR and Developer at performance research center SINLAB.CH working in Lausanne and at Zürich ETHZ University.

Christy Spackman

Assistant Professor

Christy Spackman is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She studies the environmental and social impact of scientific and technological efforts to manipulate sensory experiences of smelling and tasting. The recipient of fellowships at New York University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, as well as fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies, she’s writing “Making Nothing: the twentieth-century transformation of water.”

Alumni

Munmun De Choudhury

PhD, Media, Arts and Sciences

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. I am also affiliated with the GVU Center at Georgia Tech. My research interests are in the area of computational social science, wherein I am interested in questions around making sense of human behavior as manifested via our online social footprints.

Before moving to Georgia Tech in Spring 2014, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the neXus group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, between 2011 and 2013. I received my Ph.D in 2011 from the Department of Computer Science at Arizona State University, Tempe, where I was a part of the transdisciplinary program and venture on digital media: Arts, Media & Engineering. Following grad school, I also spent some time at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers. In the academic year 2014-15, I was also a faculty associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

Varsha Iyengar

Masters in Computer Science, Concentration in Art, Media & Engineering

Varsha completed a Masters in Computer Science with a concentration in Arts, Media + Engineering. Her interests lie in augmented reality, movement mapping, and 3D projection mapping. With a passion for dance, Varsha researched methods to blend dance and technology to create multifaceted performance environments. Since graduating, Varsha was employed by Google as a Motion Capture Engineer, and landed the front page of Venture Magazine for her accomplishments and unique background in Arts, Media and Engineering.

Ruokun Chen

MFA in Art (Digital Technology)

Ruokun graduated from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in May 2015, majoring in digital technology. With a Bachelor’s degree in software engineering, he used to be a programmer concentrating on computer graphic design, video games, and virtual reality. During my time at ASU, Ruokun completed projects founded upon designing and the implementation of interactive art installation and immersive systems by means of multiple programs and hardware.

He excels at using interactive programs like MaxMSP/Jitter, TouchDesigner, Processing, and Arduino to complete audio-visual design, light, and stereo sound control, which is custom-designed for performances and exhibitions.  He is experienced in 2D/3D design as well as video documentation and editing.

Alex Márquez

BA in Digital Culture

Alex has been a designer at Amazon in Seattle. She works with the team that creates a majority of the graphics seen at amazon.com. They also create graphics for amazon.ca (Canada), and amazon.com.mx (Mexico). Her team does everything from banners to entire landing pages across a majority of the departments.
In her free time Alex been working on a video game as lead designer/animator with fellow ASU alumni, Lindsay McLean.

Matthew Ragan

MFA in Theatre (Interdisciplinary Digital Media)

Matthew is a software developer in San Francisco working for Obscura Digital, a new media company most recently known for a projection show on the Empire State Building. It has already been a wild couple of months here on the ground, and I can unequivocally say that this change in life would have been impossible without the education I received at Arizona State University. I knew that an MFA program would transform me as an artist, and as an academic. My work at Obscura sits at the intersection of coding and aesthetic composition, a job that requires both the language and aesthetic expression of a fine artist, and the discipline and logic of a programmer.

Samantha Valtierra Bush

BA in Digital Journalism, minor in Digital Culture

Samantha is a digital media producer focusing on mobile technology, social media and data. She is interested in tech, big data and innovation.

She currently manages digital production, content and social media for the nine Los Angeles News Group websites, and she’s a member on a team working “to rebuild digital and social media strategies to grow our audience. I work one-on-one with a programmer to build a traffic reporting robot and mobile app as well as rewrite rss feeds for daily and breaking news newsletters. I host training sessions for journalists and staffers on mobile technology and social media. I write the occasional story.”

Prashanth Seshasayee

Master of Science - Arts, Media & Engineering

Prashanth did his masters in Electrical and Electronics focused on new media technology. His masters research was to translate data driven modules into interactive systems. Prashanth works at Intel as a software engineering. His current job takes multitude of video data into a VR medium to stream live sports

Faculty

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Edward Finn

Director of Center for Science and the Imagination & Assistant Professor

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, co-director of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas and the future.

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Todd Ingalls

Assistant Director & Associate Research Professor

Todd Ingalls is a media composer who works with interactive performance and experiential media systems. His research focuses on gestural communication and embodied media interaction, affect in music, and algorithmic media composition as well as novel mediated environments for stroke and Parkinson's disease rehabilitation

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Sha Xin Wei

Director & Professor

Sha Xin Wei, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at ASU.   He directs the Synthesis Center for responsive environments and improvisation with colleagues in AME and affiliate research centers. Dr. Sha's research concerns ethico-aesthetic improvisation, and a topological approach to morphogenesis and process philosophy.  His particular areas of study include the real-time, continuous mapping of features extracted from gestural instruments (such as woven or non-woven fabrics) into parameters modulating the continuous synthesis of video, sound, and physical or software control systems.

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Robert LiKimWa

Assistant Professor

Robert heads Meteor Studio, which designs software and hardware systems to raise the performance, efficiency, privacy, and expressiveness of smartphones, tablets, IoT, VR/AR, drones, and other mobile systems. Prior to coming to ASU, LiKamWa completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also interned at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington and in Beijing, China, Samsung Mobile Processor Innovation Lab in Richardson, Texas, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.

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David Tinapple

Associate Professor

Prior to studying studio art at Carnegie Mellon, David worked in “Cognitive Engineering”, a branch of interface design focused on finding ways to support human cognition, coordination, and performance in complex task domains (intelligence analysis, command and control, health care, human robot coordination).

Loren Olson

Clinical Assistant Professor

Loren Olson is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. Loren's research work is in the areas of mixed reality rehabilitation, interaction architecture, and media systems for education. Prior to joining the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Loren spent 16 years creating animation and effects for film and television. His awards include eight Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

Pavan Turaga

Assistant Professor

Pavan Turaga is an Assistant Professor in Arts, Media and Engineering, and Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. He received the B.Tech. degree in Electronics and communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

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Garth Paine

Associate Professor

Garth's current research centers around the Listen(n) Project, on Acoustic Ecology project that focuses on Field Recording and community building. In 2016 he established the Acoustic Ecology Lab at ASU with co-director, Sabine Feisst. He is affiliate faculty at the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.  

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Lauren Hayes

Assistant Professor

Lauren Sarah Hayes is a composer and performer from Glasgow, UK, who works with combinations of bespoke software, prepared piano, analogue mono-synths, drum machines, and live electronics. Her practice explores new strategies for live electronic performance by investigating the performer's physical relationship with the digital realm, and seeking to deepen this through the modality of touch.

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Suren Jayasuriya

Assistant Professor

Before, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the ECE Department at Cornell University, and a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. His research focuses on designing new types of computational cameras, systems, and visual computing algorithms that can extract and understand more information from the world around us.

Stacey Kuznetsov

Assistant Professor

Stacey Kuznetsov is an assistant professor at the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering at Arizona State University. Her research explores the role of technology in collective efforts to construct knowledge and address issues. Her work applies HCI (Human Computer Interaction) and design methods to the study of current and future systems for science and technology. She develops low-cost tools and bottom-up design methods for citizen science, community activism, and (DIY) biology.

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Byron Lahey

Instructor

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Adam Nocek

Assistant Professor

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Grisha Coleman

Associate Professor

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Kimberlee Swisher

Instructor

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Christian Ziegler

Assistant Professor

He is Associate Artist at German Center of Art and Media / ZKM Karlsruhe, Researcher at the International Choreographic Center in Amsterdam / ICKAmsterdam. Researcher, Lecturer at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Haute École de Théâtre de Suisse Romande HETSR and Developer at performance research center SINLAB.CH working in Lausanne and at Zürich ETHZ University.

Alumni

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Munmun De Choudhury

PhD, Media, Arts and Sciences

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. I am also affiliated with the GVU Center at Georgia Tech. My research interests are in the area of computational social science, wherein I am interested in questions around making sense of human behavior as manifested via our online social footprints.

Before moving to Georgia Tech in Spring 2014, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the neXus group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, between 2011 and 2013. I received my Ph.D in 2011 from the Department of Computer Science at Arizona State University, Tempe, where I was a part of the transdisciplinary program and venture on digital media: Arts, Media & Engineering. Following grad school, I also spent some time at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers. In the academic year 2014-15, I was also a faculty associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

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Varsha Iyengar

Masters in Computer Science, Concentration in Art, Media & Engineering

Varsha completed a Masters in Computer Science with a concentration in Arts, Media + Engineering. Her interests lie in augmented reality, movement mapping, and 3D projection mapping. With a passion for dance, Varsha researched methods to blend dance and technology to create multifaceted performance environments. Since graduating, Varsha was employed by Google as a Motion Capture Engineer, and landed the front page of Venture Magazine for her accomplishments and unique background in Arts, Media and Engineering.

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Ruokun Chen

MFA in Art (Digital Technology)

Ruokun graduated from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in May 2015, majoring in digital technology. With a Bachelor’s degree in software engineering, he used to be a programmer concentrating on computer graphic design, video games, and virtual reality. During my time at ASU, Ruokun completed projects founded upon designing and the implementation of interactive art installation and immersive systems by means of multiple programs and hardware.

He excels at using interactive programs like MaxMSP/Jitter, TouchDesigner, Processing, and Arduino to complete audio-visual design, light, and stereo sound control, which is custom-designed for performances and exhibitions.  He is experienced in 2D/3D design as well as video documentation and editing.

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Alex Márquez

BA in Digital Culture

Alex has been a designer at Amazon in Seattle. She works with the team that creates a majority of the graphics seen at amazon.com. They also create graphics for amazon.ca (Canada), and amazon.com.mx (Mexico). Her team does everything from banners to entire landing pages across a majority of the departments.
In her free time Alex been working on a video game as lead designer/animator with fellow ASU alumni, Lindsay McLean.

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Matthew Ragan

MFA in Theatre (Interdisciplinary Digital Media)

Matthew is a software developer in San Francisco working for Obscura Digital, a new media company most recently known for a projection show on the Empire State Building. It has already been a wild couple of months here on the ground, and I can unequivocally say that this change in life would have been impossible without the education I received at Arizona State University. I knew that an MFA program would transform me as an artist, and as an academic. My work at Obscura sits at the intersection of coding and aesthetic composition, a job that requires both the language and aesthetic expression of a fine artist, and the discipline and logic of a programmer.

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Samantha Valtierra Bush

BA in Digital Journalism, minor in Digital Culture

Samantha is a digital media producer focusing on mobile technology, social media and data. She is interested in tech, big data and innovation.

She currently manages digital production, content and social media for the nine Los Angeles News Group websites, and she’s a member on a team working “to rebuild digital and social media strategies to grow our audience. I work one-on-one with a programmer to build a traffic reporting robot and mobile app as well as rewrite rss feeds for daily and breaking news newsletters. I host training sessions for journalists and staffers on mobile technology and social media. I write the occasional story.”

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Prashanth Seshasayee

Master of Science - Arts, Media & Engineering

Prashanth did his masters in Electrical and Electronics focused on new media technology. His masters research was to translate data driven modules into interactive systems. Prashanth works at Intel as a software engineering. His current job takes multitude of video data into a VR medium to stream live sports