Department Chair, Professor
Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognized artist, research scientist and pioneer in 3D computer graphics, human motion simulation and interactive media. Her work is inspired by the potential of advanced
technology, the aesthetics of motion and the study of behavior.
Rebecca holds a Professorship at the Department of Design Media Arts at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where she was founding Chair of the department and founding Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Digital Arts. While on leave from UCLA from 2003-2005, Rebecca served as Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Liminal Devices research group at Media Lab Europe in Dublin, Ireland. From 1996-2002 she directed the Emergence Project at UCLA, an Intel funded research effort involving artificial life, 3D virtual environments, augmented reality and unique multimodal interfaces.
Previously, Allen was Creative Director/Executive Producer and 3D Visionary at Virgin Interactive Entertainment; she was a member of the world-renowned NYIT Computer Graphics Laboratory and MIT's Architecture Machine Group (predecessor of MIT Media Lab). Rebecca received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Allen's work crosses the boundaries of art, design and science. She has worked extensively in Europe and the US, producing commissioned projects in Spain, Germany, Italy, England, New York and Los Angeles, and has collaborated with artists such as Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbough from Devo, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Carter Burwell, Twyla Tharp, Joffrey Ballet and La Fura dels Baus.
In addition to her commissioned work, Rebecca has designed and directed research-oriented projects for numerous clients including CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS/Nova, BBC, TVE (Spain), Time Warner, Island, Mattel, Philips, Nintendo, Taejon World Expo, Sevilla World Expo, Apple and DARPA. Her artwork is exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and Centre Georges Pompidou. Her many awards include an Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Design.
Rebecca Allen has published over 25 papers and articles and has lectured extensively around the world. She has received 25 awards and grants, and over 20 commissions from Europe and the US for technology based art work. Her work has been exhibited in over 135 exhibitions and has appeared in numerous international television broadcasts. Articles and reproductions of her work have appeared in well over 300 publications including books, periodicals and catalogs.