Ongoing Research

IMMERSe Gaming Studies Grant


GAME ON: MILBURN AND COLLEAGUES WIN 6-YEAR, $2.5 MILLION GRANT  The Humanities Innovation Lab at UC Davis has been producing cutting-edge scholarship and facilitating unexpected collaborations since its inception in 2009. Over the next six years, the lab will see a major influx of new work and international collaboration. The Interactive and Multi-Modal Experience Research Syndicate (IMMERSe), Continue reading…



Award Abstract #1135588  CI-TEAM Impl: Dynamic Interdisciplinary Research Environment to Engage and Develop a Cyber-Ready Workforce in the Geosciences, Social Sciences, and Computer Sciences    NSF Org: OCI  Office of CyberInfrastructure Initial Amendment Date: August 8, 2011 Latest Amendment Date: August 18, 2011 Award Number: 1135588 Award Instrument: Continuing grant Program Manager: Mark Suchman OCI Continue reading…

Expressing the CAVES


Expressing the Caves: Art & Science in 3D Immersive Dialogue, co-designed by Dumit, sculptor Robin Hill and geologist Dawn Sumner, was originally planned as a daylong session for 18 artists and computer scientists to brainstorm new ideas, but thanks to the exigencies of scheduling, it morphed into an ongoing series of visits by individuals or Continue reading…

How Flowcharts Got into the Brain

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NSF Scholar’s award for Diagramming Brains, Minds and Computers Together. This project, supported by the Biology & Society initiative between the Science, Technology & Society Program and the BIO directorate at NSF, examines the role of flowcharts in neurosciences. Flowcharts are commonly used today in computer science, psychology, and neuroscience. Despite the near ubiquity of diagrams Continue reading…

»Objective Brains, Prejudicial Images


Science in Context 12, 1 (1999), pp.173-201 In this article I argue that brain images constructed with computerized tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) are part of a category of “expert images” and are both visually persuasive and also particularly difficult to interpret and understand by non-experts. Following the innovative judicial analogy of “demonstrative Continue reading…


»Embodying Improvisation


What are we talking about when we talk about embodiment, bodies, our bodies, other bodies? How did we learn to talk these ways that these words come so easily out of our mouths and fingers? And are we always improvising, and if so, how, and against what background of non-improvisation? Embodying Improvisation Class Winter 13 Continue reading…