I am an interdisciplinary design engineer interested in developing rich multimodal interfaces to enable creative expression through computation. Aside from my academic background as a computer engineer, I am interested in electronic music composition and performance. My interest in high-bandwidth sensory systems partially springs from the applications these systems have in electronic music performance, and the intimate ties they create between performer, performance, and audience.
My current work is focused on multi-touch input. ZeroTouch, the current iteration of this research, allows for zero-force, zero-thickness, completely transparent multi-touch sensing. It's unique form-factor allows for trivial display integration as compared to other optical multi-touch solutions.
Prior to ZeroTouch, I had developed a novel form of optoelectronic, pressure sensitive multi-touch sensing known as Scanning FTIR (sFTIR). The technology allows a pressure sensitive touch screen to be placed anywhere a pane of glass would fit. It is completely transparent and has no known wear mechanism, making it very durable.
Prior to my work in embodied interfaces, I was involved in the field of information semantics. I designed the most recent semantic modeling code inside combinFormation, using a vector-space representation to enhance the user's ability to find and collect information that is relevant to their needs. You can try combinFormation here.