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What was your previous position and where?My last position was as a postdoctoral researcher at the Zuse Institute Berlin in Germany. I had completed my Ph.D. at MIT’s Media Lab in 2002 and served briefly in between as a visiting lecturer in Hong Kong Polytechnic’s School of Design.
What brought you to LSU?Several of my colleagues were recruited to help launch CCT and they, in turn, recruited me. The presence of LONI and its global interconnects; CCT’s mission spanning science, art, design and technology; the prospect for collaboration with my wife in genomics; the chance to give back to the Southeast, where I’d grown up; the sense of opportunity from so many people at LSU; and the beauty and culture of the region were also important.
What is your research interest?My work centers upon human-computer interaction, with a focus on designing and applying new kinds of physical interaction devices. At LSU, I’ve focused on applications in the computational sciences – especially visualization and computational biology. I’ve also greatly enjoyed collaborations in art and design and increasingly in K-12 education.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?Together with collaborators from across LSU, other regional universities and the world, I hope to make significant impact through applying computational interfaces to a range of scientific, business, educational and cultural topics. In the process, I hope to contribute to academics, education, economic development, our community and culture, and especially dialog between these interwoven concerns.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I’ve greatly enjoyed our faculty’s many efforts to bring together diverse disciplines – e.g., the computational sciences; AVATAR/digital media; the Provost’s “Big Arts” initiative; and others. These initiatives are accelerating and making real impact, which makes this an exciting time.
What are your major accomplishments?I’ve taken most pleasure in the process and outcomes from the collaborations I’ve described – e.g., in the intersection of genomics, supercomputing and tangible interfaces; and in computational arts and design. It’s been exciting to launch “Tangible and Embedded Interaction,” an interdisciplinary conference series, here in Baton Rouge, and to see this grow and flourish internationally. And recent support from our community with the Business Report’s “Top Forty Under 40” was both humbling and gave a great feeling of connection and future possibility.