Diane Gromala


September 29, 2011, 4:00 pm   » 

Dr. Gromala was one of the first artists to work with immersive virtual reality, beginning with Dancing with the Virtual Dervish. Co-created with Yacov Sharir at the Banff Centre for the Arts' Art & Virtual Environments residency, this piece has been exhibited worldwide from 1993-2004. Subsequent immersive VR work was designed for stress-reduction and pain distraction during chemotherapy. Dr. Gromala's work is currently in use in over 20 hospitals and clinics. Gromala is the founding director of the Transforming Pain Research Group, an interdisciplinary team of artists, designers, computer scientists, neuroscientists and medical doctors investigating how new technologies -- ranging from virtual reality and robotics to social media -- may be used as an technological form of analgesia and pain management. With Jay Bolter, Gromala is the co-author of Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art and the Myth of Transparency. This book was written from her experience as the Siggraph 2000 Art Chair. Her work is widely published in the domains of Computer Science, Interactive Art and Design.

Diane Gromala is an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, where she teaches in the graduate program in Information Design and Technology at Simon Fraser University. She is an adjunct faculty member in Industrial Design and a faculty member of the transdisciplinary GVU (the Graphics Visualization and Usability Center). Diane has worked as a designer and art director in the corporate realm, including Apple Computer, Inc.

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