Department Chair, Professor
Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognized artist and research director inspired by the potential of advanced
technology, the aesthetics of motion and the study of behavior. Her work pushes the boundary of creative expression utilizing cutting-edge technology in areas of virtual and augmented reality, experimental films, wearable computing, large-scale performance and interactive experience design.
Allen is currently Chair and Professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA and was founding Chair of the department. She was founding Director of Nokia Research Lab Hollywood where she and her teams designed and built prototypes of next generation wearable interfaces and innovative mobile media experiences.
Other positions include: Design Manager and co-inventor of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) award-winning XO laptop; Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Liminal Devices research group at MIT Media Lab Europe; founding Director of the Intel funded UCLA research group called Emergence; Creative Director and 3D visionary for video game company Virgin Interactive Entertainment; Artist and Senior Researcher at the Computer Graphics Laboratory NYIT, and Researcher at MIT Architecture Machine Group (predecessor of MIT Media Lab).
Rebecca has collaborated with artists such as Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbough (Devo), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Peter Gabriel, Carter Burwell, Twyla Tharp, Joffrey Ballet, La Fura dels Baus and Nam June Paik. Clients include Time Warner, Island, Mattel, Philips, Nintendo, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, BBC, TVE (Spain), Taejon World Expo, Seville World Expo, Apple and DARPA.
Her artwork is exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York. She’s listed in Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 2010”. Awards include an Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Design.
Rebecca holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.