About ICAT

The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

ICAT is one of the seven Research Institutes at Virginia Tech. We are uniquely partnered with the Moss Arts Center and in 2013, joined them in the state of the art facility at the corner of Main St. and Alumni Mall. ICAT is an organization of individuals, teams, and communities that create, innovate, and inspire without regard for discipline boundaries or limitations. We are a collection of artists, designers, engineers, and scientists coming together in a living laboratory that fosters creativity and promotes critical reflection.

About ICAT
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
Daniel Pillis
Daniel Pillis
Research Assistant Professor of Immersive Environments
dpillis@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
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