Prof. Diane Gromala is an artist, designer, curator, and cultural critic. Her work has been at the forefront of emerging forms of technology, from the earliest form of multimedia (HyperCard, at Apple Computer) to one of the very first instances of Virtual Reality art  at the Banff Centre in 1991. Gromala's current focus  is on physiological computing and biomedia.

Gromala's artwork has been performed and exhibited in  North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and New Zealand.  It has also been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN,  the BBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, to name a few.  Along with collaborator Lily Shirvanee, Gromala was a semi-finalist  for Discover magazine's Award for Technological Innovation in 2001. Gromala's design work has received numerous awards from organizations ranging from the AIGA to the American Institute of Architects.

With Jay David Bolter, Gromala is author of  Windows and Mirrors: Electronic Art, Design, and the Myth of Transparency.  Published by the MIT Press, this book reexamines the issues of  human computer interaction and interface design from the  perspective of media and cultural theory. Gromala's journal articles have been published in numerous , peer-reviewed conferences in interactive art, design, and computer science, and have been translated into over 10 languages.

Gromala has been teaching full time since 1990. She has held positions and developed new curricula in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas,  the School of Communications at the University of Washington,  and the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture  at Georgia Tech. Gromala has also taught classes at Wanganui Polytechnic in New Zealand and Oxford University in England, and has been a member of Computer Science and Engineering research labs, including the HITLab and GVU.

Gromala has served on the Editorial Board of Postmodern Culture  and is currently on the editorial boards of Visual Communication and  Leonardo Reviews. In the year 2000, Gromala was elected  Chair of SIGGRAPH's Art Gallery and named Chair of the United Nations'  (UNESCO) Art, Science & Technology initiative in 2002. As a Senior Fulbright Fellow, Gromala helped create a new joint program  in Human Computer Interaction Design at Wanganui Polytechnic and Waikato University in New Zealand. 

Throughout the 1980s, Diane Gromala worked as a designer and art director in the corporate realm, including Apple Computer, Inc.  Her postgrad studies were in the Planetary Collegium (formerly CAIIA STAR) at the University of Plymouth in England. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan and Yale University, respectively.


Prof. Diane Gromala
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