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Josh Tanenbaum
Works at University of California, Irvine
Attended Simon Fraser University
Lives in Irvine, California
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Deadline for earlybird registration for our TEI studio is only a few days away! For those of you on a budget, it looks like the conference organizers have just added the option for "studio-only" registration, so it is possible to join us at TEI without having to register for TEI. This is an especially good deal for students, and folks in the games field who wouldn't ordinarily attend a Tangibles conference.
Earlybird registration is now open! Please register here! At TEI 2015, Stanford University, January 15th. Participation in the studio is open to everyone attending the TEI conference, provided they register before the deadline. Registration is first come, first served, and spots are limited.
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I've been taking advantage of my phone's rapid shooting features and Google's "Auto Awesome" to create a bunch of short animations of my cats over the last 6 weeks.  Apparently that's what the kids are into on the internets these days....
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Clyde invades my office with a stylish pair of blinking glasses! #clydeinvasion
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I am thrilled to announce that +Karen Tanenbaum  and I have accepted positions at the UCI Informatics program - me as an Assistant Professor and Karen as a Research Scientist!
Fantastic Hires from the Future Past! The Informatics Department is excited to announce that Josh and Karen Tanenbaum have accepted offers to join the...
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Awesome, congrats!
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This is the most important piece of technology I've seen come out of Google in a long time!
You’ve probably heard that diabetes is a huge and growing problem—affecting one in every 19 people on the planet. But you may not be familiar with the daily struggle that many people with diabetes face as they try to keep the...
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The deadline to submit to our #CHI2014  workshop on Science Fiction, Design Fiction, Envisioning,  and HCI is this Friday!
This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2014 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Science, held in Toronto, Canada between the 26th April and 1st May 2014. Inspired by recent high profile discussions of the productive relationship between fiction and design, ...
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Preying Mantis on the UCI campus.  Campus Mantis!
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Our "Temple of the Mind and Body" is coming together nicely!
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Great! I've been down there, but the UC system has often looker attractive.
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Mini vacation to San Francisco for the 4th of July weekend. 
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In response to a number of requests we are extending the deadline for our CHI Hackathon/Workshop on Big Data and Critical Making by one week. New deadline is January 24th!  http://criticalmaking.com/chi-workshop/ #CHI2014 #CriticalMaking  #BigData #Hackathon
Big data is a burgeoning area of interest in Human-Computer Interaction, enabled by the convergence of several technological advances: the increasing ubiquity of embedded sensing technology, the ability to transmit data from almost anywhere, and the cheapness and availability of digital storage.
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This is pretty damn funny.
Not gonna lie, this one's literally just flowers in a Mason Jar for $16.
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Assistant Professor of Informatics at UC Irvine, Steampunk, Maker of Things
Employment
  • University of California, Irvine
    Assistant Professor, 2014 - present
  • Simon Fraser University
    PhD Candidate, 2008 - 2015
  • Nokia
    Research Intern, 2014 - 2014
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Irvine, California
Previously
Hayward, California - Hillsboro, Oregon - Vancouver British Columbia - Cork Ireland - Redlands California - San Diego California - Hennikker, New Hampshire - Flagstaff Arizona - Pittsburgh Pensylvania - San Jose, California
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Professor, Maker, Steampunk, and all around geek.
Introduction

I am an Assistant Professor at UC Irvine in the Department of Informatics where I teach about game studies, game design, ubiquitous computing and interaction design.

I completed my PhD at SFU SIAT under the supervision of Dr. Alissa Antle,Prof. Jim Bizzocchi and Dr. Dene Grigar where I studied digital storytelling, identity transformation, games, and method acting.

Some things I'm working on:

My wife Karen and I just launched a new site to promote ourselves as makers of fun things including steampunk props and costumes.

Captain Chronomek is a steampunk superhero that Karen and I designed with Allen Bevans.  

I am currently editing a book on nonverbal communication in virtual worlds with Magy Seif el-Nasr and Michael Nixon, to be published by ETC-Press sometime in the future. The book explores the current state-of-the-art in research into gesture, posture, gaze, avatar puppeteering, and social signaling in multi-user online virtual environments.

I recently wrapped up work on the Tabletop Games research group for the GRAND GRNCTY project. We studied the effectiveness of a multi-player real-time simulation game to engage families in emergent dialogues about sustainability issues.

The GRAND PLAYPR project is investigating performative embodiment in games. We developed, and are currently evaluating a tangible interactive narrative system called The Reading Glove that uses an expert storytelling system to support readers as they experience a non-linear narrative.

Bragging rights
Have won awards for my costume and prop creations. Was turned into a comic book superhero.
Education
  • Simon Fraser University
    Interactive Arts and Technology, 2006 - 2015
  • University of Redlands
    Music and Mythology, 1998 - 2002
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