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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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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

MSc student

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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Alexis Crawshaw

PhD student

alexis (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.alexisstorycrawshaw.com

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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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Purva Gujar

PhD student

purvagujar (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Mark Hirsch

PhD student

hirsch (at) mat.ucsb.edu

markhirsch.media

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: sculptural systems, robotics, soft robotics, shape changing structures, mechatronic art.

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Masood Kamandy

PhD student

masood (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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Xindy Kang

MSc student

xindi (at) mat.ucsb.edu

Xindi Kang is a researcher and artist working with interactive media. She is interested in interfacing between human and technologies through voice and movements. She designs experiences that inspire people to see and hear themselves in a different way. Her research and professional interest lies in human computer interaction and user experience design. She is currently working towards her Master's degree at the Media Arts and Technology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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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

yujnkm.com

• Interactive Media • Data Visualization • VR • AR

You-Jin focuses on visual programming and ways of presenting a large amount of data on a personal level. He believes the most powerful way to convey knowledge is to process the data into an intimate material. Through right presentation, You-Jin strives to introduce revolutionary ways to communicate with one’s memories and experiences.

You-Jin is a multi-disciplinary creator, who sees the technology in context. The virtual reality environment, which he is designing, acts as a supporting medium to embrace human creativity through emerging technologies.

• BFA in Art and Technology Studies (ATS), SAIC.
• MFA in Computational Media (MFAEDA), Duke University.

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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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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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Sihwa Park

PhD student

sihwapark (at) mat.ucsb.edu

sihwapark.com

Sihwa Park is a sound interaction designer, media artist, and developer. He is mainly interested in data-driven audiovisual arts based on the concept of "Quantified-Self" and "Data Art". His interest especially lies in the artistic multi-modal transformation of personal data reflecting personal taste, preference or behavior, such as life-logging data, physical activity data, digital content usage/history and so on. Also, he is seeking to create new musical experiences for audiences or performers by embracing new technologies in making a novel musical interface/interaction. Before pursuing his Ph.D. study at Media Arts and Technology at UCSB, he worked as a UX designer and freelance iOS application developer in Seoul, Korea.

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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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Nathan Weitzner

PhD student

nweitzner (at) mat.ucsb.edu

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CY (Chengyuan) Xu

PhD student

cxu (at) mat.ucsb.edu

cyxu.tv

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Yin Yu

PhD student

yin_yu (at) mat.ucsb.edu

students.mat.ucsb.edu/yinyu

yinyudesign.com

Yin Yu is interested in exploring the potential of multimedia interactive environments and the relationship between architecture and music through the emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to broaden the relationship between human beings and the built space by redesigning the environment inspired by music. Application areas include architecture, fashion, performance, public space, social behavior, and interaction design. She also specialized in interdisciplinary pedagogy and curriculum design at the college level for interdisciplinary education.

Currently, she is a PhD student in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering, and a Master of Science in Information Technology, and a Master of Science in Interior Architecture.

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Weidi Zhang

PhD student

weidizhang (at) mat.ucsb.edu

www.zhangweidi.com

Weidi Zhang is an LA-based new media artist/researcher/designer. Her current research and media art practices investigate A Speculative Assemblage - interactive image-data-based visualization of a human-machine reality in the context of data visualization, speculative design, interactive AI art, and immersive media. Her works are featured at international venues, such as the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery "Best In Show", ISEA, Times Art Museum, Japan Media Arts Festival, Lumen Prize, IEEE VISAP, SwissNex Gallery, CVPR, Planetarium 1 (Russia), Zeiss-Planetarium (Germany), Society For Arts and Technology (Canada), and others. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in the MAT Program and lectures at The Ohio State University. She holds her MFA degree in Art + Technology at California Institute of the Arts and BFA degree in Photo/Media at the University of Washington, Seattle. Prior to her Ph.D. studies, she worked as a visual designer in the award-winning design studios in LA and she was selected into WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering) educational initiative in 2015.

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Mengjia Zhu

PhD student

mengjiazhu (at) mat.ucsb.edu