Interdisciplinary Research

Dissecting movement quantitatively and qualitatively

I have had a life-long fascination with both experiencing and understanding movement. My background in physics and dance provides me a unique lens for breaking down and understanding gestures, postures, and movement quality as media for communication with the outside world. A physicist who has studied kinesiology is prepared with tools for isolating variables in movement and anaylzing data. A choreographer who has studied classical and contemporary dance forms is able to investigate messages communicated through movement quality, focus, and form.

At NYU, I have begun to investigate decision-making through current neuroscience and experiential research, viewing the body as a multi-directional medium for information. I was awarded a creative research residency at Danspace, where I developed a framework for understanding improvisational choices, taking into account sensory, intellectual, and emotional influences. I became interested in choices that could be made purely in response to sensory input, minimizing the influence of habit, which became the subject of a project called ProprioLoop at MotionBank's Choreographic Coding Lab.

As I continue my studies at NYU's Integrated Digital Media department, I am working on generating human-like movement, identifying movement qualities mathematically, creating movement-based interfaces between humans and computers, and developing wearable and assistive technologies.