I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago, where I direct the Creative Coding Research Group within the Electronic Visualization Laboratory. My research investigates novel techniques for visualizing and interacting with complex scientific information; my interactive artwork has been featured at museums, galleries, and festivals throughout the world. Additional information about my research and artwork can be found at creativecoding.evl.uic.edu. I am chairing the IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP’16), to be held in Baltimore, Maryland in October 2016, a forum that promotes dialogue about the relation of aesthetics and design to visualization research.

Prior to joining the Computer Science faculty at University of Illinois at Chicago, I was an assistant professor in the School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts at University of Arizona. I completed my graduate work in the Media Arts & Technology Program and the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UC Santa Barbara, I was affiliated with the Experimental Visualization Lab, led by Professor George Legrady, and was a researcher both in the Imaging, Interaction, and Innovative Interfaces Lab, led by Dr. Tobias Hollerer and Dr. Matthew Turk, and the AlloSphere Research Facility, directed by Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin.

I can be reached by email at aforbes@uic.edu and my office is located in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory in ERF 2032. My research group also currently occupies the “Batcave”, a 1400sq ft. multi-use space for graduate student desks and research projects, located in SELW 1032. In this space, we are in the process of building a 4th-order ambisonic chamber for research into interactive VR soundscapes.

I have provided reviews and meta-reviews for workshops, conferences, and journals, including: InfoVis, SciVis, VAST, VISAP, SIGGRAPH, EuroVis, PacificVis, BioVis, Expressive, VR, 3DUI, CHI, CSCW, IUI, ITS, MobileHCI, UIST, EICS, NIME, Creativity & Cognition, SUI, IDC, DIS, Leonardo, SAGE Information Visualization, and others.

Since 2014, I have served on the Editorial Board of Leonardo, the journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. I edit a continuing special section of Leonardo featuring selected papers and artworks from the IEEE VIS Arts Program. I am the general chair for the IEEE VIS Arts Program (2013—2016), for which I instantiated a peer-reviewed papers track, strengthened the existing arts exhibition, and introduced invited artist talks and panels. I am also on the organizing committee for ACM/EG Expressive, where I have served as the Posters Chair (2014), the Arts Program chair (2015), and the Conference Chair for the Computational Aesthetics papers track (2016).