University of California, Irvine
Informed by traditions of practice in sculpture, installation and performance and by ethology, cogntive and neuro-sciences, HCI, robotics, critical theory, cultural and media studies; Simon Penny makes custom technologies addressing critical issues arising around enactive and embodied interaction. He has published widely on Digital Cultural Practices - see www.ace.uci.edu/penny. He curated Machine Culture at SIGGRAPH'93, edited 'Critical Issues in Electronic Media' (1995) and directed the Digital Art and Culture 2009 conference. He established the Arts Computation Engineering grad program at UCI and was Professor of Art and Robotics at CMU. He teaches in the Congitive Science and Interactive Media masters at UPF in Barcelona and is currently affiliated with the Segal Insititue for Human Centered Design at Northwestern. He has served with the National Research Council of the National Academies, the Rockefeller Foundation, Daniel Langlois Foundation for Science and Art, the 'VIDA' Art and Artifical Life Award, the Banff New Media Institute and other bodies. He has been involved with ISEA since its inception in 1988, and was on the international board through the 90s.