I am a discipline-agnostic creative exploring and building technologies for a better tomorrow. My current research trajectories consist of low-latency synchronous musical co-creation over distance, aural immersion and broadening of human cognitive bandwidth in automotive scenarios, large-scale digital signal processing, including spatialization, and data sonification, and enhancing K-12 education through integrated technology-mediated experiential learning.
I believe in an integrative and holistic approach to creativity and scholarship, and a better future through culture and technology.
I received doctorate from the University of Cincinnati (2005) in computer music and am currently working at Virginia Tech as the inaugural director of the Creativity + Innovation (C+I) transdisciplinary initiative and the co-director of the Human Centered Design (HCD) individualized interdisciplinary PhD program, a professor in Creative Technologies in Music in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design’s (AAD) School of Performing Arts (SOPA), the founder and director of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio (DISIS) and World’s first Linux-based Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork), Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) Senior Fellow, and a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI) with a courtesy appointment in the department of Computer Science.
Since joining Virginia Tech, I received over $1.8M in external funding from industry and government agencies, including Google, Microsoft, National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Office of Naval Research (a part of US Department of Defense). As a staunch life-long practitioner of and advocate for an integrative approach to education, I have developed custom-tailored Higher Ed frameworks for the implementation, integration, assessment, and affirmation of industry-relevant interdisciplinary education and scholarship. Most recently, this includes working with over hundred faculty, staff, and students on developing a comprehensive interdisciplinary curricular pipeline (undergraduate to PhD) that focuses on the impactful technology-mediated integration of arts, design, and engineering.