Steve DiPaola, active as an artist and a scientist is director of the Cognitive Science Program at Simon Fraser University, and leads the iVizLab (, a research lab that strives to make computational systems bend more to the human experience by incorporating biological, cognitive and behavior knowledge models. Much of the labs work is creating computation models of very human ideals such as expression, emotion, behavior and creativity. He is most known for his AI based computational creativity ( and 3D facial expression systems. He came to SFU from Stanford University and before that NYIT Computer Graphics Lab, an early pioneering lab in high- end graphics techniques. He has held leadership positions at Electronic Arts, Saatchi Innovation and consulted for HP, Macromedia and the Institute for the Future. His computer based art has been exhibited internationally including the AIR and Tibor de Nagy galleries in NYC, Tenderpixel Gallery in London and Cambridge University’s Kings Art Centre. The work has also been exhibited in major museums, including the Whitney Museum, the MIT Museum, and the Smithsonian. He has created collaborative pieces with media artist Nam June Paik and electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and is known for making new media authoring tools used equally by artists and scientists alike.


Our art research recently culminated in DiPaola being invited to give a public talk on July, 2010 at National Portrait Gallery, London on the Rembrandt vision and AI creativity theory work, entitled “Science & Art: Vision, Perception and Creativity”. This talk coincided with a companion art show located two blocks away in central London at the Tenderpixel Gallery which reprised Gabora and DiPaola’s Evolving Darwins Gaze installation.

Read more about Steve’s accomplishments on his resume page.