Loren Olson

Clinical Assoc Professor (FSC)
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802
Clinical Assoc Professor (FSC)
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802
Clinical Assistant Professor
Academic Professional
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802
Clinical Assoc Professor (FSC)
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802

Biography

Loren Olson is a clinical associate professor at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. His research work is in the areas of mixed reality rehabilitation, interaction architecture, and media systems for education. Prior to joining the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, he spent 16 years creating animation and effects for film and television. His awards include eight Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

Recently, a focus of his work has been the creation of a tool for peer review in the classroom with David Tinapple. CritViz is an online framework for supporting real-time critique, conversation, and peer ranking of creative work in the classroom. In creative classes where student work cannot be entirely graded on objective criteria, classes often arrange critique sessions to provide direction and feedback to students, raise their level of performance, and teach them to give and receive constructive criticism. Critiques usually work best in classes small enough to sustain a single discussion. However, faced with the challenge of teaching large undergraduate digital art and computer programming classes of 50+ students, a solution was needed to allow faculty to orchestrate critiques in large classes whose size normally prohibits them. While leveraging the participatory web seemed to be a sound approach, no existing tools effectively served this purpose. Accordingly, CritViz was created to scale up critiques for large classes. Through CritViz’s countdown timers, assignment uploading, and randomized peer feedback, we can now run effective critiques in much larger classes and have seen changes in overall classroom “motivational structure.”

Loren Olson co-directs the Digital Culture Summer Institute. DCSI is a 3-week summer day program for junior high and high school students. The program engages young students with a variety of creative digital projects that captivate students artistic and technical sides via a series of short project-focused modules such as digital music production, computational photography, electronic musical instrument construction, game design and making, digital fabrication, and projection mapping. Core to our educational mission is the idea that key 21st century STEM skills such as computational thinking, problem solving, creative coding, collaboration, innovation, and information literacy can be taught in a highly effective manner by using creative challenges as an intrinsic motivator. By engaging students in creative digital arts projects they are naturally driven to acquire many new complex skills that they might otherwise consider unapproachable.

Education

B.S. Computer Science, Arizona State University 1988

Publications

Rikakis, T., Tinapple, D., and Olson, L. (2013). The Digital Culture Degree: A competency-based interdisciplinary program spanning engineering and the arts. Accepted for publication in proceeding of Frontiers in Education Conference 2013.

Sadauskas, J., Tinapple, D., Olson, L. & Atkinson, R. (2013). CritViz: A Network Peer Critique Structure for Large Classrooms. In . Jan Herrington et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2013 (pp. 1437-1445). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Tinapple, D., Olson, L. and Sadauskas, J. (2013). CritViz: Web-Based Software Supporting Peer Critique in Large Creative Classrooms. In Bulletin of the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology, Volume 15, Number 1, January 2013. 29-35.
Tinapple, D., Sadauskas, J., & Olson, L. (2013). Digital culture creative classrooms (DC3). Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children – IDC ’13 (pp. 380–383). New York, NY, USA: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/2485760.2485803

Lehrer N., Rajko S., Siwiak D., Wallis I., Baran M, Chan M., Kidane A., Koziupa T., Olson L., Tinapple D. Thrii, ACM Multimedia 2010. 

David Birchfield, Ellen Campana, Sarah Hatton, Mina Johnson-Glenberg, Aisling Kelliher, Loren Olson, Christopher Martinez, Philippos Savvides, Lisa Tolentino, and Sibel Uysal. 2009. Embodied and mediated learning in SMALLab: a student-centered mixed-reality environment. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 Emerging Technologies (SIGGRAPH '09). ACM, New York, NY.

Y. Chen, H. Sundaram, T. Rikakis, L. Olson, T. Ingalls and J. He (2008), "Experiential Media Systems - The Biofeedback Project, in Multimedia Content Analysis: Theory and Applications", A. Divakaran (eds.), Springer Verlag, Oct. 2008.

Isaac Wallis, Todd Ingalls, Thanassis Rikakis, Loren Olson, Yinpeng Chen, Weiwei Xu, Hari Sundarum. "Realtime Sonification of Movement for an Immersive Stroke Rehabilitation Environment." International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2007), Montreal, Canada, 2007.

Yinpeng Chen, He Huang, Weiwei Xu, Richard Isaac Wallis, Hari Sundaram, Thanassis Rikakis, Todd Ingalls, Loren Olson, Jiping He; "The Design of a Real-Time, Multimodal Biofeedback System for Stroke Patient Rehabilitation." ACM Mulitmedia 2006.

Yinpeng Chen, He Huang, Weiwei Xu, Richard Isaac Wallis, Hari Sundaram, Thanassis Rikakis, Todd Ingalls, Loren Olson, Jiping He; "A Real-Time, Multimodal Biofeedback System For Stroke Patient Rehabilitation" (demo paper) ACM Multimedia 2006.

J. James, T. Ingalls, G. Qian, L. Olson,  D. Whiteley, S. Wong, T. Rikakis,.”Movement-based Interactive Dance Performance.” Proceedings of SIG ACM Multimedia 2006. Santa Barbara, California

He Huang, Todd Ingalls, Loren Olson, Kathleen Ganley, Thanassis Rikakis, Jiping He; “Interactive, Multimodal Biofeedback System for Task-Oriented Neural Rehabilitation”; IEEE-EMBC 2005, Shanghai, China.

D. Whiteley, G. Qian, T. Rikakis, J. James, T. Ingalls, S. Wong, L. Olson “Real-Time Tracking of Multiple People from Unlabelled Markers and Its Application in Interactive Dance,” Proceedings British Machine Vision Conference. Oxford, UK, September 5-8. 2005.

H. Huang, K. Ganley, T. Ingalls, L. Olson, T. Rikakis, J. He, “Multimodal Biofeedback as a Training Tool Following Stroke,” Society for Neuroscience. Program No. 989.25. 2005.

Huang H, He J, Rikakis T, Ingalls T, Olson L. “A new framework of biofeedback system for neural rehabilitation.” Biomedical Engineering Society Fall meeting. 2004.

H. Huang, J. He, T. Rikakis, T. Ingalls, L. Olson, “Design of biofeedback system to assist the robot-aided movement therapy for stroke rehabilitation,” Society for Neuroscience. Program No. 181.18. 2004.

G. Qian, F. Guo, T. Ingalls, L. Olson, J. James, T. Rikakis, “A Gesture-Driven Multimodal Interactive Dance System,” IEEE, International Conference on Multimedia and Expo. Taibei, Taiwan, China. June 27-30. 2004.

T. Ingalls, T. Rikakis, J. James, G. Qian, L. Olson, F. Guo, S. Wong, “A Movement Recognition Engine for the Development of Interactive Multimedia Works,” The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. Motion, Emotion and Cognition - ConGAS Symposium on Gesture Interfaces for Multimedia Systems. University of Leeds, UK. March 29-30. 2004.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 230Programming for Media Arts
AME 430Mac Development for Media Arts
AME 484Internship
AME 494Special Topics
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 598Special Topics
AME 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 230Programming for Media Arts
AME 435Mobile Development
AME 484Internship
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 535Mobile Development
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 593Applied Project
AME 790Reading and Conference
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 230Programming for Media Arts
AME 430Mac Development for Media Arts
AME 484Internship
AME 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 598Special Topics
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 230Programming for Media Arts
AME 484Internship
AME 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 598Special Topics
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 430Mac Development for Media Arts
AME 484Internship
AME 485Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 486Digital Culture Capstone II
AME 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 598Special Topics
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 684Internship
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 230Programming for Media Arts
AME 385Collab Projects & Research I
AME 386Collab Projects & Research II
AME 484Internship
AME 485Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 486Digital Culture Capstone II
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 598Special Topics
AME 599Thesis
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 385Collab Projects & Research I
AME 484Internship
AME 485Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 486Digital Culture Capstone II
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 493Honors Thesis
AME 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 598Special Topics
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 684Internship
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 294Special Topics
AME 385Collab Projects & Research I
AME 386Collab Projects & Research II
AME 394Special Topics
AME 484Internship
AME 485Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 486Digital Culture Capstone II
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 598Special Topics
AME 599Thesis
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 385Collab Projects & Research I
AME 386Collab Projects & Research II
AME 484Internship
AME 485Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 486Digital Culture Capstone II
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 493Honors Thesis
AME 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 598Special Topics
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 684Internship
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 294Special Topics
AME 385Collab Projects & Research I
AME 386Collab Projects & Research II
AME 485Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 486Digital Culture Capstone II
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation