When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing.

Dance for me a minute, and I'll tell you who you are.

- Mikhail Baryshnikov

As a graduate student at NYU, I am working to access the information contained in human movement quality using technology. This work involves mathematical analysis of human movement data to identify observable qualities. It also means experimenting with different methods of understanding, predicting, and generating movement data. Future work will experiement with wearable technologies to provide access to non-visual aspects of movement to observers. I will also work to apply my findings to design of user experiences, particularly with wearable technologies and augmented reality.

As a professional dancer and choreographer, I am well acquainted with the emotional impact of human movement on both the doer and the observer. Current research in neuroscience confirms that proprioceptive data has a strong influence on mental and emotional states. Even something as simple as moving marbles to higher or lower containers can make a person more or less likely to recall positive or negative memories. Having observed different people's movement patterns as media for communication, I believe that movement quality is as revealing as gesture and speed.

Interactivity and Visualizations

Why so serious? Let's play a little.

Dances with... ellipses

Enjoy a dynamic, yet meditative, movement experience. Ellipses respond to the user's mouse movements, gradually speeding up according to a constant gravitational acceleration. Let it run for a while to see a different effect.

I need-le you, baby.

Explore different representations of the data input from your webcam. Here are 4 needly interpretations, plus one outlandish portrait using thousands of Elmos and delightful musical accompaniment.

Dances with... well, needles

Despite the playful name, this piece is a serious visualization of motion capture data using calculated values for the first, second, and third derivatives of position in an attempt to access the proprioceptive experience of movement.