I am a user researcher, interaction designer, programmer, and technology scholar, focusing on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, tangible/wearable computing, interactive narrative and games, and steampunk/Maker culture.
I strive to make playful, meaningful and creative interactive experiences, and to study how technology impacts our daily lives, culture and environment.
I work in the Department of Informatics at UC-Irvine as a Project Scientist and Co-Founder of the Transformative Play Lab with Professor Josh Tanenbaum. I also freelance as an interaction designer and developer for the Portland-based VR studio Shovels + Whiskey.
I received a PhD in Interactive Arts & Technology from Simon Fraser University, an MA in Linguistics from the University of California-San Diego, and a BA in Philosophy and Celtic Studies from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands.
View my project portfolio here: https://www.behance.net/ktanenba24dc