Light & Time
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tom Igoe heads the physical computing division of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Physical computing approaches computer-human interaction design by first considering how humans move. Computer interface design instruction usually starts with the hardware as a given—namely, keyboard, screen, speakers, and mouse or trackpad or touchscreen—and concentrates on teaching software. Physical computing designs devices and software that sense and respond to what humans can physically do. Igoe’s research interests also include networks, lighting design, the environmental and social effects of technology development—and monkeys. He has written four books and a number of articles related to electronics and physical interaction. He is a cofounder of Arduino, an open-source microcontroller environment, and has consulted for museums and interactive-design companies. He hopes to visit Svalbard someday.