Ali Mazalek
Sensing Context: Reflexive design principles for inter-sensory museum interactions
Georgia Tech & Ryerson University

Ali Mazalek is Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation and Associate Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. She is also Associate Professor at Georgia Tech, where she formerly directed the Graduate Program in Digital Media. Dr. Mazalek works at the forefront of trends in computing and interaction design that support a tighter integration of the physical and digital worlds. She designs and develops tangible and embodied interaction systems that enable humans to be more creative across both science and art disciplines. Her Synaesthetic Media Lab is a playground where physical materials, analog sensors, and digital media happily co-exist and come together in novel ways to support creativity and expression. Dr. Mazalek’s research approach combines theoretical study and scientific research with technological development and artistic practice. Her work is supported by industry and government organizations, including Intel, Steelcase, Turner, Google, and the NSF. She has published her research in a range of academic conferences and journals, delivered guest lectures in both academia and industry, and exhibited her media art works and interfaces at numerous galleries and festivals. Mazalek received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the MIT Media Lab where she worked with the Tangible Media and Interactive Cinema / Media Fabrics research groups. She received a B.S. in computer science and mathematics from the University of Toronto.