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
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.