Phoebe Sengers

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Research Scientist
Media Arts Research Studies
Institute for Media Communication
German National Research Center for Information Technology (GMD)

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I am a computer scientist and a cultural theorist.  I build intelligent, interactive, expressive information systems, like an artificial agent that makes emotionally expressive childlike drawings.  The goal of my work is to analyze carefully what our systems currently unconsciously express, and to develop technology that allows us to express new aspects of human experience.   I use the tools of cultural theory as a way to understand our systems better, and to generate technical ideas for new forms of technology.  I am part of a growing community of critical technical practices.  You can find out more about my work by clicking on the links below.

I am currently  doing research on agents, avatars, virtual environments, and computer graphics at the GMD in Bonn, Germany.  I am active in the Narrative Intelligence research community.  Last year, I was a Fulbright Guest Researcher at the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. In August 1998, I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, with a self-defined interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and Cultural Theory (administered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Program in Literary and Cultural Theory). You can download my thesis here.

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