I am an Associate Professor of Graphics in the Department of Communication and Media in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer. I am also director of Baohouse LLC, a virtual design studio. I study the agency of the user in the design and interpretation of images that aim to effect behavioral and cognitive changes.
I am currently researching:
User interaction with images that promote condom use in order to prevent the further spread of the HIV virus. I’ve received funding as PI from Rensselaer, and co-PI from the National Science Foundation and the Society for Technical Communication to conduct fieldwork in Kenya, Ghana, and the United States on the development of the Interactive Image (funded by the Society for Technical Communication and Rensselaer).
User interaction with images that teach art students, particularly those who are underrepresented minorities, computational thinking concepts using cultural artifacts. I’ve received funding as co-PI from The National Science Foundation, and PI from Google and The Coalition to Diversify Computing to conduct fieldwork with youth through the local Boys and Girls Clubs and art teachers in the states of New York and Virginia. CS4HS.rpi.edu (funded by Google) showcases ethnocomputational art created by high school students based upon geometric simulations generated using the Cornrow Curves and Virtual Beadloom CSDTs.