Pamela L. Jennings

Pamela L. Jennings, PhD

Director, Center for Design Innovation

Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Winston-Salem State University

Professor of Design and Production, UNC School of the Arts



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Pamela Jennings is the Director of the Center for Design Innovation at the University of North Carolina in Winston-Salem. She is also the CEO and President of CONSTRUKTS, Inc. a start-up company that has been supported by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) and Highway1 Hardware Start-up incubator.

Prior to her appointment at the Center for Design Innovation, Pamela directed the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago a faculty focused initiative to raise the profile of research in the arts through funding, mentoring, and partnership development. Pamela served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation Computer & Information Science & Engineering directorate. She led the CreativeIT program and co-managed the Human Centered Computing, Cyberlearning Transforming Education and Computer Research Infrastructure programs. Pamela served on the Federal Council for the Arts and Humanities and the Networking & Information Technology Research and Development Alliance (NITRD) Social, Economic and Workforce Coordinating Group (SEW). As a champion of interdisciplinary research between the Arts and Design and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) she funded research projects, workshops, conferences, and meetings that convened stakeholders in the field to develop strategic plans for strengthening the STEM + Art or STEAM research and pedagogy platform. Prior to her position at the NSF, Pamela was the Director of the Advanced Research Technology Lab at the Banff New Media Institute in Banff, Alberta and adjunct faculty in the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary in Canada. From 2001 to 2008 Pamela was a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University with a joint appointment in the School of Art in the College of Fine Arts and the Human Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science. She developed new curriculum and research projects that engaged students from academic disciplines from the Fine and Applied Arts to Computer Science and Engineering.

Pamela’s technology background is rooted in her visual arts work in photography, digital graphics, video, performance, sound, multimedia, and physical computing. In the 1990’s her foundation in the Arts led to positions with several multimedia companies including: Voyager; Time Warner Interactive; and NBC Interactive. She was the Project Manager and Lead Designer for the IBM alphaWorks project; Interaction Design Researcher with the IBM Almaden User System Ergonomics Research Lab; and the SRI International Center for Technology in Learning.

Pamela is a 1993 MacDowell Artist Colony Fellow. Her creative works are discussed in “Creating Their Own Image: the History of African-American Women Artists”, Oxford University Press and “Struggles for Representation: African American Film/Video/New Media Makers”, Indiana University Press. She has presented her works at several Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) conferences and other cultural institutions including: Science World, Vancouver, BC; Spelman Museum of Fine Arts; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; FE Gallery Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Parsons' School of Design, New York; Massachusetts Institute of Technology List Center for Visual Arts; 707 Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario; and several international film and video festivals. She curated the 2007 exhibition “Speculative Data and the Creative Imaginary: shared visions between art and technology” at the Washington DC National Academy of Sciences. Pamela has received funding from the National Science Foundation; Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE); Rockefeller Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Pamela received her PhD in Human Centered Systems Design and Digital Media, School of Computer Science, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom; MBA, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; MFA in Computer Art, School of Visual Arts; MA in Studio Art, International Center of Photography/New York University Program; and BA in Psychology, Oberlin College.


Nickolay Hristov


Nickolay Hristov, PhD

Faculty Researcher, Winston-Salem State University



Motion Capture and Laser Scanning Projects

Mammalian Motion Capture

People with Parkinson's Disease



Nick joined CDI in 2009 through a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Life Sciences at Winston-Salem State University. His expertise includes zoology, ecology and evolutionary biology in addition to fluency with digital techniques for motion data capture, analysis and visualization. Nick is leading the development of CDI's MoCap capability, based on field-enabled high-speed videography and laser scanning. The future "Cube" housing these distinctive techniques is sure to become a statewide landmark.


Bruno Louchouarn


Bruno Louchouarn

Faculty Researcher, UNC School of the Arts



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Sol Path: Integrating data downloaded from the Mars Rover as part of an immersive music and media work commissioned for the AxS/ak-sis/FESTIVAL 2014, in Pasadena, CA.


Bruno joined CDI in 2014 through a joint appointment with UNC School of the Arts. French-Mexican composer Bruno Louchouarn is a composer and cognitive scientist. After graduate studies in artificial intelligence in Paris he obtained a Ph.D. in music composition at UCLA where he studied with Paul Chihara, Ian Krouse, and Jerry Goldsmith. His musical compositions are informed by his studies in the cognition of music and visual media, and often focus on the performative aspects of language and music, the narrative structure of myths, emotions and rhetoric. His music ranges from the futuristic cantina music heard in the film Total Recall to live experimental multimedia performances, works for large orchestra, as well as music for ballet and theater. His works have been performed widely, including RedCat in Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, UCLA's Royce Hall, Zipper Hall, The Getty Villa, The Getty Center, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory, Boston Court Theatre, LaMaMa in New York City, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, as well as Chapman University, Juilliard, University of Akron, UCLA, USC, and UCSD. Last year his concerto for marimba and orchestra was performed at by Nick Terry at Chapman University and his evening-length work Alcances was premiered by pianist Vicki Ray and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet at Art Center under a special commission by the Pasadena Arts Council for the Pasadena Arts and Ideas Biennial. His video installation Day for Night, a 12 hour site specific film of the Santa Monica beach with original music was commissioned for the 2010 GLOW festival. He created the sound art for Suzanne Lacy’s THREE WEEKS IN JANUARY, presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. He is working on an opera, Voices in the Dust, that will premiere in November 2012 at Boston Court Performing Art Center in Pasadena.
He teaches music, multimedia, and cognitive science at Occidental College.


Laura Huff


Laura Huff

Executive Assistant


Laura joined CDI in 2013 with more than 15 years of experience within the UNC system where she was responsible for administration, communication, and organization at the senior level. With a background in marketing, graphic design, and digital communications, her passion lies where strategy and creative intersect with technology. Driven to keep up with the latest tech trends, Laura constantly explores new tools to achieve fully integrated, results-oriented marketing objectives.

Richard Phillips - Systems Architect


Richard Phillips

Systems Architect


Richard joined CDI in 2008. He has nearly single-handedly built the center's computational infrastructure, anticipating growth to support functions of a wide interdisciplinary range of research and design collaborators. He relies on more than 25 years' experience in technology systems development, entrepreneurship and mentoring.



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