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Faculdade de Ciências
Universidade de Lisboa
12-14 . Julho . 2004

Prof.ª Rebecca Allen

Senior Research Scientist, MLE (Media Lab Europe)

Liminal Devices group

Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognised artist and research pioneer in 3D computer graphics, human motion simulation and interactive media. She holds a Professorship at the Department of Design | Media Arts at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Allen was founding Chair of the department and founding Co-Director of the UCLA Centre for Digital Arts. From 1996-2002 she directed the Emergence Project at UCLA, an Intel funded research effort involving artificial life, 3D virtual environments, augmented reality and unique multimodal interfaces.

Previously, Allen was Creative Director/Executive Producer and 3D Visionary at Virgin Interactive Entertainment; she was a member of the world-renowned NYIT Computer Graphics Laboratory and MIT’s Architecture Machine Group (predecessor of MIT Media Lab). Rebecca received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Allen’s work crosses the boundaries of art, design and science. She has worked extensively in Europe, producing commissioned projects in Spain, Germany, Italy, England and Austria, and has collaborated with artists such as Kraftwerk, Devo, Peter Gabriel, Twyla Tharp and La Fura dels Baus.

In addition to her commissioned work, Rebecca has designed and directed research-oriented projects for numerous clients including CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS/Nova, BBC, TVE (Spain), Time Warner, Island, Mattel, Philips, Nintendo, Taejon World Expo, Seville World Expo, Apple and DARPA. Her artwork is exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and Centre Georges Pompidou. Her many awards include an Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.