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The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

Powered by advanced technology and networks of creative people, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) brings together and supports teams of faculty and students from across academic disciplines to address grand challenges and creative opportunities, ranging from large societal problems to industry-specific issues to the frontiers of artistic expression.

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Our Team


Ben Knapp
Ben Knapp
Founding Director
benknapp@vt.edu
540-231-1911

R. Benjamin Knapp is the Founding Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. ICAT seeks to promote research and education at the boundaries between art, design, engineering, and science. Dr. Knapp also leads the Music, Sensors, and Emotion research group, with researchers in the UK and the US.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of ... creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.

In previous positions, Dr. Knapp has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at University College, Dublin, and chief technology officer of the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre. As the director of technology at MOTO Development Group in San Francisco, Calif., he managed teams of engineers and designers developing human-computer interaction systems for companies such as Sony, Microsoft, and Logitech. He co-founded BioControl Systems, a company that develops mobile bioelectric measurement devices for artistic interaction. Dr. Knapp has also served as professor and chair of the Department of Computer, Information, and Systems Engineering at San Jose State University.

He earned a doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Knapp has been a PI in several pan-European projects including, CAPSIL (Common Awareness and Knowledge Platform for Studying and Enabling Independent Living) and SIEMPRE (Social Interaction and Entrainment Using Music Performance) and coordinated the EU project, BRAID (Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development).


Tom Martin
Tom Martin
Associate Director
tlmartin@vt.edu
George Hardebeck
George Hardebeck
Facility and Studio Manager, Creativity and Innovation District
hardebeck@vt.edu
Phyllis Newbill
Phyllis Newbill
Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
pnewbill@vt.edu
Dylan Parker
Dylan Parker
Web Developer and Graphic Designer
dhparker@vt.edu
Tanner Upthegrove
Tanner Upthegrove
Media Engineer
upty@vt.edu
Holly Williams
Holly Williams
Assistant Director of Administrative Operations
hmccall@vt.edu
Melissa Wyers
Melissa Wyers
Fiscal Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
mwyers68@vt.edu

ICAT Advisory Board


Domhnaill Hernon is an award-winning technology, innovation and creativity executive. Domhnaill received an undergrad in Aeronautical Engineering and a PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Limerick and an executive MBA from Dublin City University, Ireland. He previously led R&D organizations and developed and executed strategies to overcome the “innovation valley of death”. He is Head of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) which is a new initiative he founded to fuse art and engineering/science to develop solutions that humanize technology. Domhnaill’ s work has been featured in Wired Magazine, Times Square, XSW, Nasdaq, MWC, Ars Electronica, TEDx, Inspirefest to name just a few and he advises cultural programs globally.

Domhnaill Hernon
Domhnaill Hernon

Domhnaill Hernon is an award-winning technology, innovation and creativity executive. Domhnaill received an undergrad in Aeronautical Engineering and a ...PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Limerick and an executive MBA from Dublin City University, Ireland. He previously led R&D organizations and developed and executed strategies to overcome the “innovation valley of death”. He is Head of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) which is a new initiative he founded to fuse art and engineering/science to develop solutions that humanize technology. Domhnaill’ s work has been featured in Wired Magazine, Times Square, XSW, Nasdaq, MWC, Ars Electronica, TEDx, Inspirefest to name just a few and he advises cultural programs globally.

Andrew Kim
Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim is a manager in Workspace Futures for Steelcase Inc. Andrew is responsible for applying human-centered design methods to ...support new market strategies and product development efforts. His curiosity and passion revolve around the intersection of social behaviors, the built environment and technology. His areas of interest include creativity, learning, and smart environments. Steelcase is an industry leader in understanding how the future of work will shape employee experiences and their impact on work, learning and health environments.

Patricia Bartlett
Patricia L. Bartlett

Patricia Bartlett recently retired from the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest education, museum and research complex. She served in ...three senior positions over her eleven years of service including, most recently, the position of Associate Provost for Education and Access. In this position Ms. Bartlett managed a portfolio focused on bringing Smithsonian expertise and content to millions of U.S. and global audiences and thousands of communities each year. She was responsible for overseeing national education centers, a traveling exhibition service and an affiliates museum program with a member network of over 210 museum and cultural organizations.

Ms. Bartlett also served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for initiatives involving higher education collaborations and partnerships.

From 2008 to 2015, Bartlett was Chief of Staff to Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. In this role she managed the Office of the Secretary, supported leadership with policy and operations matters, and led special initiatives on behalf of the Secretary.

Before joining the Smithsonian, Patricia Bartlett was the Director of Federal Relations for the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Atsa Roseway
Asta Roseway

Asta Roseway works as a Principal Research Designer in the Urban Innovation Initiative at Microsoft Research but refers to herself as a “Fusionist”, or someone who... works between disciplines and fields using design. Her focus lies primarily towards building the next wave of emerging solutions towards the Environment, Emotional Health, Social Consciousness, and Sustainability. Her research often begins with the same question, “what if?” which often leads to unconventional outcomes such as smart tattoos, talking plants, living architecture, and wearable light therapy accessories for seasonal affective disorder. She is also a strong advocate for a diverse and inclusive culture and helped to establish Microsoft’s first ever Artist in Residence program that enables artists to work with the research community. Some of these collaborations have been showcased at venues such as Ars Electronica, SXSW, CES, and Biofabricate in NY. She also co-founded Digigirlz, one of Microsoft’s longest running diversity programs that aims to inform and inspire high school girls about the Tech Industry. She is a Parsons School of Design alumni.

Ben Congleton
Ben Congleton

Ben Congleton is CEO and Co-Founder of Olark Live Chat, a software company that helps businesses accelerate growth by targeting and ... streamlining their customer outreach, service, and sales. Olark went through the YCombinator incubator program in 2009, and is now bootstrapped, profitable, and proud, with more than 12,000 customers around the world. Ben holds a BS in Business Information Technology, as well as a BS and MS in Computer Science, from Virginia Tech, and spent 3 years pursuing a PhD in the University of Michigan's School of Information. He lives with his wife and two daughters in East Palo Alto, California.

ICAT Senior Fellows


Tim Baird
Geography

Doug Bowman
Director, Center for Human Computer Interaction
Computer Science

Ico Bukvic
Director, Creativity + Innovation Destination Area
School of Performing Arts

Sue Duncan
CALS Research

Aisling Kelliher
Computer Science

Aki Ishida
Director, Intelligent Infrastructure for Human Centered Communities Destination Area
School of Architecture + Design

Tom Martin
Deputy Executive Director, ICAT
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lisa McNair
Director, Center for Educational Networks and Impacts
Engineering Education

Chris Williams
Mechanical Engineering

Matt Wisnioski
Science, Technology, and Society

ICAT Fellows


Nicole Abaid
BEAM

Monty Abbas
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Renee Alarid
Moss Arts Center

Craig Arthur
University Libraries

Alan Asbeck
Mechanical Engineering

Andre Baldwin
Sociology

Quentin Baldwin
Capital Assests Financial Mgt

Edward Becker
School of Architecture + Design

Martha Ann Bell
Psychology

Dwight Bigler
School of Performing Arts

Sam Blanchard
SOVA

Erika Bonnett
4H

Jonathan Boreyko
Mechanical Engineering

Michael Borowski
School of Visual Arts

Isabel Bradburn
Human Development and Family Science

Jonathan Bradley
University Libraries

Jon Briganti
University Libraries

Anne M. Brown
University Libraries

Ricardo Burdisso
Mechanical Engineering

Kirk Cameron
Computer Science

Bill Carstensen
Geography

Deborah Cash
University Libraries

Catherine Cennamo
School of Education

Dongsoo Choi
School of Visual Arts

Koeun Choi
Human Development and Family Science

Sherrie Clark
Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Kevin Concannon
School of Visual Arts

Jason Crafton
School of Performing Arts

Rafael Davalos
BEAM

Meaghan Dee
SOVA

Vanessa Diaz
Psychology

Andrea Dietrich
Civil and Environmental Engineering

David Dillard
BEAM

Megan Dolbin-MacNab
Human Development and Family Science

Tiffany Drape
Ag Leadership

Zach Duer
School of Visual Arts

Lesley Duffield
School of Visual Arts

Stefan Duma
ICTAS

Donna Dunay
School of Architecture + Design

Julie Dunsmore
Psychology

Charles Dye
School of Performing Arts

James Egenrieder
Center for Enhancing Engineering Diversity

Margaret Ellis
Computer Science

Mathias Elmer
School of Performing Arts

Trevor Finney
University Libraries

Mark Ford
CALS Research

George Glasson
School of Education

Adil Godrej
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Denis Gracanin
Computer Science

Jake Grohs
Engineering Education

Corinne Guimont
University Libraries

Henry di Hahn
School of Architecture + Design

Howard Haines
Apex Center for Entrepreneurs

Tom Hammett
Sustainable Biomaterials

Samantha Harden
Human, Nutrition, Food and Exercise

Scotty Hardwig
School of Performing Arts

Anthony Kwame Harrison
Sociology

Steve Harrison
Computer Science

Inga Haugen
University Libraries

Jonas Hauptman
School of Architecture + Design

Cully Hession
Biological Systems Engineering

David Hicks
School of Education

Dan Hindman
Sustainable Biomaterials

Mike Horning
School of Communication

Jia-Bin Huang
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Matt Hull
ICTAS

Laura Iancu
School of Performing Arts

Adrienne Ivory
Communication

(Philart) Myounghoon Jeon

Blake Johnson
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Caroline Jones
Biological Sciences

James Jones
School of Architecture + Design

Jess Jones
Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Luke Juran
Geography

Benjamin Katz
Human Development and Family Science

Brook Kennedy
Industrial Design

Mintai Kim
School of Architecture + Design

Nate King
School of Visual Arts

Nathan King
School of Architecture + Design

Scott Klopfer
Conservation Management Institute

David Kniola
School of Education

Vivica Kraak
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Carolyn Kroehler
Center for Communicating Science

Leigh-Ann Krometis
Biologial Systems Engineering

Wallace Lages
School of Visual Arts

Jacob Lahne
Food Science and Technology

Nathan Lau
Industrial Systems Engineering

Bob Leonard
School of Performing Arts

Alexander Leonessa
Mechanical Engineering

Billie Lepczyk
School of Performing Arts

Bryan Lewis
Fralin Life Science Institute

Song Li
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Erin Ling
Biologial Systems Engineering

Barbara Lockee
SOE

Kurt Luther
Computer Science

Michael Madigan
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Richard Masters
School of Performing Arts

Scott McCrickard

Margarita McGrath
School of Architecture + Design

Elizabeth McLain
School of Performing Arts

Katie Meany
School of Visual Arts

Na Meng
Computer Science

Ron Meyers
Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Chreston Miller
University Libraries

Chris Miller

Tanu Mitra
Computer Science

Ignacio Moore
Biological Sciences

Gota Morota
Animal and Poultry Sciences

John Munsell
Forest Research/Environmental Conservation

Amrinder Nain
Mechanical Engineering

Michael Nappier
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Phat Nguyen
University Libraries

Charles Nichols
School of Performing Arts

Alex Niemiera
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Maury Nussbaum
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Max Ofsa
University Libraries

Andi Ogier
University Libraries

Todd Ogle
University Libraries

Hiromi Okumura
School of Visual Arts

Alexey Onufriev
Computer Science

Freddy Paige
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Robin Panneton
Psychology

Rafael Patrick
Industrial System and Engineering

Justin Perkinson
School of Performing Arts

Leo Piilonen
Physics

Nicole Pitterson
Engineering Education

Nicholas Polys
Advanced Research Computing

Nathaniel Porter
University Libraries

Karl Precoda
School of Performing Arts

Chris Pritchett
School of Architecture + Design

Robin Queen
BEAM

Paul Quigley
History

Ford Ramsey
Ag Applied Economics

Patty Raun
School of Performing Arts

Cara Rawlings
School of Performing Arts

John Richey
Psychology

Mike Rosenzweig
Biological Systems Engineering

Jonathan Rugh
School of Architecture + Design

Shahabedin Sagheb
Calhoun Scholars

Amelia Salisbury
School of Visual Arts

Angela Scarpa
Psychology

Todd Schenk
School of Public and International Affairs

Madeline Schreiber
Geosciences

Roger Schuerch
Entomology

Durelle Scott
Biological Systems Engineering

Peter Sforza
Center for Geospatial Technology

Shima Shahab
Mechanical Engineering

Derek Shapiro
School of Performing Arts

Igor Sharakhov
Entomology

Akshay Sharma
Industrial Design

Tripp Shealy
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Divya Srinivasan
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Michael Stamper
University Libraries

Eric Standley
School of Visual Arts

Annie Stevens
School of Performing Arts

Michelle Stocker
Geosciences

Pablo Tarazaga
Mechanical Engineering

Deborah Tatar
Computer Science

Anne Elise Thomas
School of Performing Arts

Wade Thomason
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Tyechia Thompson
Center for Humanities

Brian Thorsett
School of Performing Arts

Eli Tilevich
Computer Science

Pratap Tokekar
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kelly Trogdon
Philsophy

Thomas Tucker
School of Visual Arts

Chris Valluzzo
TLOS

Bobby Vance
School of Architecture + Design

Matthew Vollmer
English

Matt Wagner
School of Architecture + Design

Anita Walz
University Libraries

Rachel Weaver
School of Visual Arts

Laura Welfare
School of Education

Erik Westman
Mining and Minerals Engineering

Joseph Wheeler
School of Architecture + Design

LaDale Wining
History

Ariana Wyatt
School of Performing Arts

Daphne Yao
Computer Science

Paola Zellner
School of Architecture + Design

Bo Zhang
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Bingyu Zhao
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Sang Won Lee
Computer Science