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MAS students, Noel Keith, Alexander Douglas, and Torrie Dearduff with check for Vector Best in Show

MAS game design and development student receives Best in Show award

Alexander Douglas (above center), a senior and recent graduate of the Media Arts and Science undergraduate program, took home Best in Show for his game, Labrunner, at the 2019 Vector Conference held at Eastern Kentucky University in late April. Vector is a game conference held in collaboration with EKU Gaming Institute and RunJumpDev that celebrates […]

MAS lecturer Zebulun Wood poses in front of large monitor with graphic of person wearing VR headset

$1.6M NIH research grant supports study of VR to improve perspective taking in kids

Zebulun Wood (pictured above), lecturer and co-director of the undergraduate Media Arts and Science (MAS) program, will lead a team from the IU School of Informatics and Computing as part of a $1,622,677 NIH R61 Phase 1 Exploratory/Development Grant recently awarded to Tom Hummer, assistant research professor of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of […]

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Applied Data and Information Science B.S. degree approved and open for enrollment

The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI now is offering an undergraduate degree in Applied Data and Information Science (ADIS). The new bachelor’s degree was approved at the May 6 meeting of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Students may pursue two specializations within the ADIS major. The Applied Data Science specialization […]

Scholarships recognize student accomplishments and aspirations

[Pictured above: Winners of the Grace Hopper Travel Scholarship: Bhawana Yadav, Arie Werner, I-Ting Tseng, Isabel Lopez, Bhavya Sinha, Radhika Ravindran, Sayali Talware, and Sneh Khatri. Absent: Zeinab Shaikh and Xiaochen Yu.] The IU School of Informatics and Computing celebrated the academic achievements of multiple students during the 2019 Awards ceremony at the recent Capstone […]

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Mother Nature inspired IUPUI students’ design for a safer football helmet

Working with engineering student Joel Najmon, SoIC MAS student Jacob DeHart examined how energy-absorbing, biologically-inspired cellular liners could make football helmets safer. Their research paper was published in the Society of Automotive Engineering International Journal of Transportation Safety.

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James Ward: Into the Animator-Verse

Affordability, and access to computer labs and 2D and 3D animation classes, drew James Ward to SoIC’s Media Arts and Science program. He credited the program’s accessible faculty for preparing him to work in the industry, where he’s now a senior animator for Sony. He recently worked on “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best animated film of 2018.

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Students test new career app at recent job fair

Over the past year and half, Fawzi Ben Messaoud, Ph.D., informatics faculty member at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, has led a group of his students in developing a web-based career matching tool, the Learning Path and Career eXchange Application. Ben Messaoud saw a need for an improved way for college […]

Romisa Ghahari and Ryan Ahmed

HCI alumni win Parkview Health’s health innovation competition

[Photo, left to right: Sue Ehinger, former chief experience officer, Parkview Health; Ryan Ahmed; Romisa Ghahari; and Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health. Used with permission.] Romisa Ghahari and Ryan Ahmed, respectively graduates of the Ph.D. and M.S. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) program at IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, recently won a health innovation competition […]

Kyle Harris works on website for client, ClusterTruck.

Kyle Harris analyzes numbers for ClusterTruck

Kyle Harris, a duel degree student majoring in Informatics, analyzed the numbers at his data science internship with ClusterTruck online restaurant using customer data, kitchen data, location data, food order data, and cooktime data. Harris analyzed promotion codes and presented to the ClusterTruck marketing team. He currently is employed as a Data Analytics Associate at CliftonLarsonAllen.

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Faculty work featured in new digital humanities research methods book

Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI faculty Andrea Copeland, Albert William, Zebulun M. Wood, and Ayoung Yoon recently detailed their local heritage, community-based project, Virtual Bethel, in a new book titled Research Methods for the Digital Humanities. The four researchers authored the chapter, Virtual Bethel: Preservation of Indianapolis’s Oldest Black Church, in the book edited […]

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Revamped master’s level MAS program prepares grads for workforce

Over a year ago, Media Arts and Science (MAS) faculty embarked on a mission to redesign their outdated master’s degree program. Their goal: create a pathway to industry that focused on emergent technology and developed skills from concept to finished project that would better prepare students for their careers. Associate Professor Joseph Defazio, with support […]

Mikaylah Gross and Hannah Roper in caps and gowns at commencement

2018 grads already giving back by establishing a new SoIC scholarship

(Story submitted by Cory Aiello) Mikaylah Gross (BS Informatics ‘16 and MS Human Computer Interaction ’18) and Hannah Roper (BS Informatics ‘18) are recent IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI (SoIC) graduates already making a difference by giving back to their school.  They have stepped up together to establish the Make Your Mark […]

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High school teams help get out the vote in fifth annual Mobile App Competition

Thirteen high school teams around Indiana participated Saturday, October 27, 2018 in the fifth annual Mobile App Competition, sponsored by the Department of Human-Centered Computing at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. Raspberry Pi from Scratch from Plymouth High School won first place, Terre Haute South High School took second, and Nextech […]

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HCI graduate interns develop their passion for solving real-world problems

In 2018, Kara Bougher was studying to be a user experience (UX) designer, possibly in an education-related role or company. She worked at GEICO’s Washington, DC corporate headquarters on their Digital Experience Team as a UX/UI design/research intern. Her goal was to learn how a design team functions in industry: “I learned a lot about giving and receiving feedback effectively and was able to learn some new tools and software.”

SOIC students in Paros, Summer 2018

Students in Greece Study Abroad Program find new stories to document

One might think that after three previous visits to Paros, Greece, Study Abroad students and their mentors wouldn’t discover anything unique to film or anyone new to interview, but one would be wrong. Once again, their work is as prolific and surprising as the island of Paros is picturesque and serene. Albert William and Thomas Lewis, […]

Francesco Cafaro demonstrates how museum visitors might interact with visual displays.

Cafaro receives NSF EAGER grant to study how causation and correlation are learned

Francesco Cafaro, assistant professor of informatics in the Department of Human-Centered Computing at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, was recently awarded a $299,879 NSF EAGER grant for his research, “Aiding Reasoning About Correlation and Causation.” The EArly-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) supports exploratory projects that are in early stages […]

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MAS students and alumni add fun element to international conference using AR skills

A group of students from Zebulun Wood’s N420 Multimedia Production Development class at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI has been busy collaborating with a team of developers and art directors around the globe, spanning several time zones. The project: Using augmented reality (AR) on mobile devices to promote the technology, […]

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Human-centered computing students find continued success in IoT

Two students in Professor of Practice Lou Lenzi’s INFO H567 class at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI were part of a three-person team that recently won the True AR Challenge. Members of Team HCI, Sandeep Jagtap and Rahul Jain, along with Pruthviraj Narayanaswamy, took first place for their AR (augmented […]

Davide Bolchini

Bolchini receives Google Faculty Research Award for accessible computing research

Davide Bolchini, associate professor and chair of the Department of Human-Centered Computing, recently received a prestigious 2017 Google Faculty Research Award to support his human-computer interaction research on novel navigation principles for entirely auditory keyboards. Google Faculty Research Awards provide unrestricted gifts as support for research at institutions around the world. The Google Faculty Research […]

Jordan Nelson and Rachel Palfi

Jordan Nelsen and Rachel Palfi honored as top students at IUPUI

Two students from the IU School of Informatics and Computing, senior Jordan Nelsen, Media Arts and Science (MAS), and junior Rachel Palfi, Health Information Management (HIM), were recently recognized at the 2018 Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner. Nelsen was also selected for the top 10 list. The IUPUI top 100 and top 10 students are […]

Mahudra Mhatre

HCI grad student pitches new idea for deaf-blind community to win JagStart

Madhura Mhatre, a graduate student in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) program at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, recently won the JagStart Elevator Pitch Competition at IUPUI for her concept, Braille Tech. Mhatre received a prize of $2500, which she will use to further research and develop her innovation for the deaf-blind […]

Media Arts and Science alumna Jordan Nelsen with her laptop

What’s in your bag? IUPUI senior creates digital paintings and prosthetic designs

A student at the Herron School of Art and Design, Jordan Nelsen also studies 3D Graphics and Animation at SoIC. She’s drawn upon the anatomical foundation of her artistic talent to help create life-enhancing 3D facial prosthetic designs for dental patients.

Two MAS alumni to premiere documentary at the Tribeca Film Fest

Sam Mirpoorian and Brenton Oechsle, both graduates of the Media Arts and Science (MAS) undergraduate program in video and sound production, helped premiere the documentary film, Destination Park, at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Mirpoorian is editor and co-producer, while Oechsle is director of photography and co-producer.

Khairi Reda

HCC faculty member awarded NSF grant for data visualization research

Khairi Reda, assistant professor of data science and human-computer interaction at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, recently received a $174,977 National Science Foundation grant for his project, “CRII: Concept-Driven Visual Analysis.” The funding will advance Reda’s research into data visualization techniques for exploring and analyzing scientific data sets. These techniques will […]

Christy Gormal

MAS alumnae and Matchbook Creative founders mark 10 years in business

Christy Gormal and Donna Gray, both graduates of the Media Arts and Science (MAS) master’s program at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of their company, Matchbook Creative. Gormal (pictured above) and Gray co-founded the full-service agency in 2007, with a vision of doing great work with […]