UCSC Creative Coding is a team of interdisciplinary researchers and artists affiliated with the Computational Media department at University of California, Santa Cruz. We focus on applied research in interaction and visualization, and also on the exploration of experimental and creative works based on current techniques in human-computer interaction, scientific and information visualization, graphics, computer vision, immersive environments, and machine learning. A core philosophy of UCSC Creative Coding is that by incorporating research methodologies from media arts, design, and computer science, we can develop novel solutions to interdisciplinary problems. Moreover, we believe that the creative outputs generated at the intersections of artistic and empirical research can meaningfully elucidate issues in science and technology relevant to contemporary culture.

We are always looking for bright students to join our group or to help out on projects. For questions about how to get involved with UCSC Creative Coding, please email angus@ucsc.edu or stop by the lab, located in E2-258.

Our collaboration with the the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, IGM-Vis: Analyzing intergalactic and circumgalactic medium absorption using quasar sightlines in a Cosmic Web context, is accepted to EuroVis 2019.

Angus Forbes is a senior participant in the Kavli Summer Program In Astrophysics at UCSC, focusing on the use of machine learning and visual analytics to make sense of large astronomical surveys. The program runs from July 8th through August 16th.

Our paper, Image denoising using a generative adversarial network, by Abeer Alsaiari, Ridhi Rustagi, A’aeshah Alhakamy, Manu Mathew Thomas, and Angus Forbes, is awarded Best Paper at ICICT 2019.

Angus Forbes is serving as a Program Chair for Expressive 2019 with Stephen DiVerdi and Craig Kaplan. Expressive in co-located with Eurographics 2019, and will take place on May 5th and 6th in Genoa, Italy.

CMPM 163, Game Graphics & Real-time Rendering, is being taught by Angus Forbes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:40am to 1:15pm in Social Sciences 2, room 75.

Welcome Oskar and Brian! Oskar Elek and Brian Hansen join the Creative Coding lab as postdoctoral researchers to conduct research in computer graphics and computational fabrication (Oskar) and computational audio (Brian).

Jasmine Otto presents her zine Toy models: Explain & predict systems using the dynamic medium at the Computery Zine Fest at !!Con West on February 24th.

Art I don’t like: An anti-recommender system for visual art is accepted to Museums and the Web 2019. Sarah Frost will present the project on April 4th in Boston, Massachusetts.

UCSC Creative Coding receives an Applications and Core Technology University Research (ACT-UR) grant from Keysight Technologies to identify and visualize patterns in electronics manufacturing and network visibility data.

Congratulations Sarah and Manu! Sarah Frost and Manu Mathew Thomas’ start-up project Art I Don‘t Like is funded by the IDEA Hub for Creative and Social Entrepreneurship at UCSC.

CMPM 202, a graduate seminar in Computational Media Research, is being taught by Angus Forbes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20pm to 4:55pm in Social Sciences 2, Room 165.

Angus Forbes introduces data visualization to elementary school students at Chiaravalle Montessori on December 17th.

David Abramov‘s video project “Throw Me Away” is featured at the DANM Open Studios, and Cassia Artanegara presents a series of her recent paintings at Art Open Studios on December 7th.

Jasmine Otto was part of a team of Computational Media students who released the generative novel Silk for NaNoGenMo 2018.

Angus Forbes is presenting a Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) talk on December 4th in the Second Stage Theater at UCSC.

Angus Forbes is giving a talk at UCSC titled “Creative AI and Machine Learning for Graphics and Visualization” as part of the Santa Cruz Machine Learning series at 12pm on November 14th in room E2-215.

Andres Burbano, a visiting media archeologist from Universidad de Los Andes, is presenting a talk at the Computational Media Colloquium in E2-475 on October 26th at 12noon. His talk is titled “Color, Light, and Language: Computational Media in Latin America,” and investigates the emergence of visual, sonic and computational technologies in Latin America.

Welcome Manu, Jasmine, David, Sarah, and Mahika! Manu Mathew Thomas, Jasmine Otto, David Abramov, Sarah Frost, and Mahika Dubey join the Creative Coding lab to pursue a variety of research topics in visualization, graphics, virtual reality, and machine learning.

Our collaboration with the CoNECt Lab, Phase-angle spatial embedding (PhASE): A kernel method for studying the topology of the human functional connectome, is accepted to MICCAI 2018.

CMPM 290A, a graduate seminar in Immersive Analytics, is being taught by Angus Forbes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:40am to 1:15pm in Social Sciences 2, Room 363.

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