V. Michael Bove, Jr.
William J. Mitchell
I like to explore the less worn, riskier path. This has manifested itself in many waysfrom my years in high-energy physics, peering into the microstructure of the universe, to my hobby of searching out obscure music that few have heard.
I am also obsessed with building. My need to make things is never satisfiedit's led me from writing detailed simulations for spacecraft re-entry to building one of the world's largest modular music synthesizers. The opportunity to unify my many interests drew me to the Media Lab.
Sensor development is a common thread that has linked much of my work. My research has concentrated on the development of sensor technologies that open new channels of interaction for human-computer interfaces, human expression, and responsive spaces. This goal has led to highly diverse applications: from a chair designed to track the gestures of a seated musician, which was later used in a life-saving device for an intelligent car seat; to a shoe-based interface that gives a dancer access to entirely new avenues of expression and control, which is now being tested as a wearable system for interactive physical therapy.
I'm most fascinated by research at the boundary where fine-grained sensing meets highly distributed, decentralized computing. Our ability to intimately blend diverse sensors with local, interconnected processing promises to usher in a new generation of intelligent materials or multimodal electronic skins, where the frontiers of electronics fabrication, sensor integration, data fusion, ad hoc networking, and emergent computation intersect to launch a new field of sensing mechanisms with nearly biological complexity. Such work holds the potential for revolutionary applications in areas such as robotics, medical diagnostics, and smart materials.
Favorite piece of music recently released: I.E.M.'s "IEM Have Come For Your Children"
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