Based in Los Angeles, CA, Parag K. MITAL, Ph.D. (US) is a computational artist and interdisciplinary researcher obsessed with the nature of information, representation, and attention. He currently works as CTO and Head of research at Hypersurfaces, Ltd., a London-based startup working on advanced sensor technology using edge computing AI. His varied scientific background includes fields such as machine and deep learning, film cognition, eye-tracking studies, and EEG and fMRI research. His artistic practice combines generative film experiences, augmented reality hallucinations, and expressive control of large audiovisual corpora. The balance between his scientific and arts practice allows both to reflect on each other: the science driving the theories, and the artwork re-defining the questions asked within the research.
His work has been published and exhibited internationally including the Prix Ars Electronica, Walt Disney Concert Hall, ACM Multimedia, Victoria & Albert Museum, London’s Science Museum, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, and the British Film Institute, and featured in press including BBC, NYTimes, FastCompany, and others. He has also taught at University of Edinburgh, Goldsmiths, University of London, Dartmouth College, and California Institute of the Arts in both Undergraduate and Graduate levels in primarily computational arts applied courses focusing on computer vision, signal processing, algorithmic sound, and machine learning. Finally, he is also a frequent collaborator with artists and cultural institutes such as Massive Attack, Sigur Rós, David Lynch, Google, Es Devlin, and Refik Anadol Studio.