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Public Digital Arts Cluster Faculty

Tyler Bell Headshot

Tyler Bell (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) received his B.S. degree in Computer Science (2012) and M.S. degree in Human Computer Interaction (2014) from Iowa State University, where he also received a Research Excellence Award. Tyler received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2018. His research on high-quality, low-bandwidth 3D video communications has been featured in numerous public media articles and was an Innovation of the Year finalist at the 2018 TechPoint Mira Awards. As the director of the Holo Reality Lab, Tyler's current research interests include: high-quality 3D video communications; high-speed, high-resolution 3D imaging; virtual reality and augmented reality; human computer interaction; 3D data and 3D video compression; and multimedia on mobile devices. He is also actively exploring the intersection of live 3D remote telepresence with the arts.

Jean-Francois Charles Headshot

Jean-François Charles (Music) Jean-François Charles is a composer, clarinetist, and live electronics designer. After obtaining a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the National Institute for Applied Sciences in Lyon, he studied in Strasbourg with the Italian composer Ivan Fedele. He has collaborated with musicians for creations in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, and China. As a clarinetist, he worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen for the world premiere and recording of Rechter Augenbrauentanz. He earned his Ph.D. in music/composition at Harvard, where he studied with Hans Tutschku, Chaya Czernowin, Julian Anderson, Michael Gandolfi, Helmut Lachenmann, and Gunther Schuller. His article “A Tutorial on Spectral Sound Processing using Max/MSP and Jitter” published in Computer Music Journal has helped many electronic musicians integrate spectral sound processing into live performances, compositions, or their own software creations. He joined in 2016 the School of Music at the University of Iowa as Assistant Professor in Composition and Digital Arts. His recent works include the album Electroclarinet, the opera Grant Wood in Paris premiered in 2019 by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, and a Scientific Concert presenting new pieces created in collaboration with geologists, a physicist, and a scientific glassblower.

Daniel Fine(pda)

Daniel Fine (Theatre Arts | Dance) is an artist, scholar, and technologist working in immersive, responsive, mediated environments for interactive users, audiences and live performance. He has designed and directed interactive digital media, projections, and devised new work across the disciplines, as well as designing system integration for theatre, dance, music and art installations, including stereoscopic 3D projection, Virtual Reality, and site-specific locations. He is the co-author of Digital Media, Projection Design & Technology for Theatre, published by Focal Press, an imprint of Routledge and is a frequent contributor to Live Design Magazine  and author of a multi-part blog series on integrating digital media into theatre on In 2015 Daniel was one of “five visual visionaries” featured in Live Design magazine’s article on What’s Trending in Content Creation. As a fellow at Arizona State’s Center for Science and Imagination, Daniel was recognized as a “creative disruptor driving path breaking research, teaching, and outreach projects… exploding traditional disciplinary boundaries and bringing new audiences into the conversation about building a better future.” Daniel holds an MFA in interdisciplinary digital media from the departments of Film, Dance and Theatre and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. He is the coordinator for the Public Digital Arts Certificate.


Daniel Miller (School of Art & Art History Sculpture Area) is an artist who integrates robotics, video and electronics, exploring systems and ecologies. Miller was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Art & Technology Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1997-2014. Education: MFA, 1997, S.A.I.C. in Time Arts, Chicago, IL; BA Sculpture, 1994 from
Hope College, Holland, MI.
Exhibitions include: ISEA 2012, ISEA 1997, Chicago; International Festival of Electronic Art 404, Basel, Switzerland and Trieste, Italy; Tweak, Interactive Art & Live Electronic Music Festival, Limerick, Ireland. Other local and regional exhibitions include: SpotLight, Elmhurst Art Museum, IL; Objective/Subjective: Mapping, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL; Conflux, Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University at Mansfield, OH; KY.7 Biennial, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; Altered Landscapes, solo exhibition, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL; Fassbender Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago; The Rockford Midwestern Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford IL; Soap Factory N.N.E., Minneapolis; Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago.
Mentioned in: Leonardo, “in::formation, The Aesthetic use of Machine Beings, Vol. 33.; The Chicago Reader “Technically Brilliant” by Fred Camper; Information Arts, Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology., by Wilson, Stephen. Awards; Faculty Enrichment Grant 2012 & 2008, SAIC; CAAP Grant; Herman Miller Art Award; Holland Area Arts Council Award.


Spring 2020:

Lauren Arzbaecher and Travis Kelley
Capstone Project:
eARth is an interactive AR application that integrates animations to inform the user about how their daily use of resources contributes to climate change across the globe.

Ethan Fagre
Capstone Project:
Komunumo is a sound installation that only works with a crowd's physical presence. The more people there are in the room, the more active Komunumo sounds.