Alvaro Cassinelli was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1972. In 1990 he earns both a French and Uruguayan B.Sc., and a grant to pursue his studies in France. He obtains a Graduate Engineering diploma from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécom (now Télécom ParisTech) in 1996, completing the same year a Doctoral Qualifying Degree (DEA/Master) in Physics (Laser & Matter Interaction) from the University of Paris-XI, Telecom and Ecole Polytechnique. In 2000 he receives a Ph.D degree from the University of Paris-XI Orsay.

From 2001 to 2015 he works as Research Fellow, Research Assistant and then Assistant Professor at the Ishikawa-Watanabe Laboratory at the University of Tokyo, where he co-founds and leads the Meta-Perception group, a research unit specialized in developing novel mediums for HCI and the Media Arts.

He is also co-founder and organizer of the “Devices that Alter Perception” international workshop (from 2008-2011), and the first “Taller de Arte y Computación Física” in Uruguay (2008).

He is presently RCAST Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo, certified SNI Researcher in Uruguay, and Director of R&D at SinergiaTech, the first certified FABLAB and private Physical Computing Academy in Uruguay.

Alvaro is routinely invited at international conferences either as keynote, “visionnaire” speaker, PC member or Jury in areas related to HCI, AR/VR and forums about Science and its relation to the Arts. He has being Visiting Professor/Researcher at renowned institutions such as KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), NAIST (Nara Advanced Institute of Technology, Japan), ESPCI and LANGEVIN INSTITUTE (Paris), CEIBAL (OLPC Uruguay & IT R&D center). He has presented at MICROSOFT RESEARCH (Seattle), SAMSUNG THINK TANK (Mountain View), SCHOOL OF CREATIVE MEDIA (H.K.), WIRED NEXTFEST (N.Y.), as well as the MIT MEDIA LAB among other research centers and universities.

He maintains ties with the corporate world, as consultant and/or collaborator for medium and large firms (Art+Com, Electric Factory, Omron, Samsung Electronics, Hamamatsu Photonics, Nissan Research Center, Sony Labs, the Vision Chip Consortium in Japan, etc), as well as startups including EXVISION (a spin-off company from his former laboratory). His research and interests spans physics, fundamental aspects of computing, high-speed/slow-speed robotics/nanorobotics, augmented and virtual reality, cognitive sciences, artificial intelligence, wearables, augmented perception, prosthetics/rehabilitation, and in general human-machine interfaces using novel principles and custom technology – areas in which he holds five patents and one trademark.

Independently experimenting in the field of Media Arts, he has been awarded important international prizes, including the Panasonic Prize [2005], an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica [2006], the Grand Prize [Art Division] at the 9th Japan Media Art Festival [2006], the Excellence Prize [Entertainment Division] at the 13th Japan Media Art Festival [2009], the NISSAN Innovative Concept Award [2010], the Jury Grand Prize at Laval Virtual [2011], the Digital Content EXPO Prize at SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies [2016] among others.

Interests

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Robotics
  • Nanorobotics
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Wearables
  • Prosthetics
  • Media art
  • Optics
  • Lasers

Education

  • PhD in Physics, 2000

    University of Paris-XI Orsay

  • DEA/Master in Physics, 1996

    University of Paris-XI Orsay, Telecom and Ecole Polytechnique

  • Graduate Engineering Diploma in Telecommunications, 1996

    Télécom ParisTech

Publications

Alvaro Cassinelli, Christian Sandor, Daniel Eckhoff (2019). Exploring Perceptual and Cognitive Effects of Extreme Augmented Reality Experiences. Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium for Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR).

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Daniel Eckhoff, Christian Sandor, Alvaro Cassinelli (2019). Exploring Perceptual and Cognitive Effects of Extreme Augmented Reality Experiences. In Doctoral Consortium of the 18th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality.

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Daniel Saakes, Alvaro Cassinelli (2017). Data Flow, Spatial Physical Computing. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2017). Chapters dedicated to my former Meta-Perception Group. Recognition and Behavior in Smart Systems 2017.

Alvaro Cassinelli (2017). Ouroboros. TECNOSCIENZA, Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies.

Andrew Perkis, Aud Sissel Hoel, Alvaro Cassinelli, Jordi Puig (2013). A-me: augmented memories. Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Art Gallery.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2013). Skin Games. Demo Hour, ACM INTERACTIONS.

Jussi Angesleva, Yoshihiro Watanabe, Gonzalo Frasca, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alvaro Cassinelli (2012). Skin Games. Proceedings of Proceedings of the 2012 ACM international conference on Interactive tabletops and surfaces.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Zerroug Alexis, Wilde Danielle (2012). LightArrays. Proceedings of CHIEA 2012.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2011). EARLIDS & Entacoustic performance & To Blink or Not To Blink. Devices that Alter Perception 2010.

Alvaro Cassinelli (2011). Upwards, not Northward. introductory essay in Swing That Thing: moving to move, The poetics of embodied engagement.

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Perrin Stephan, Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). To Blink or Not To Blink. Proceedings of 3rd Workshop on Devices that Alter Perception (DAP) in conjunction with ISMAR 2010.

Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). EARLIDS & Entacoustic Performance. Proceedings of 3rd Workshop on Devices that Alter Perception (DAP) in conjunction with ISMAR 2010.

Yutaka Kuribara, Amina Zerroug, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Daito Manabe, Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight: playing with a human sized laser pickup. Proceedings of International Conference on New Instruments for Musical Expression.

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Alexis Zerroug, Yoshihiro Watanabe, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Jussi Angesleva, Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). Camera-less Smart Laser Projector. Proceedings of 12th Laval Virtual, VRIC Proc. & ReVo session, Extended Abstracts.

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Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alvaro Cassinelli (2009). Volume slicing display. Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 Art Gallery & Emerging Technologies: Adaptation.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alexis Zerroug (2009). Virtual Haptic Radar. Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 Sketches.

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Yusaku Kuribara, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Daito Manabe, Alvaro Cassinelli (2009). scoreLight. Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 Art Gallery & Emerging Technologies: Adaptation.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Carson Reynolds (2009). Machine Self - Sacrifice. Proceedings of 8th International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Takashi Komuro, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Yoshihiro Watanabe (2008). The deformable workspace: A membrane between real and virtual space. 2008 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human Computer Systems.

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Ishikawa Masatoshi, Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Boxed Ego. Proceedings of Devices that Alter Perception Workshop DAP’08 with UbiComp.

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Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Aural Antennae. Proceedings of DAP2008 with UbiComp.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Khronos Projector: essay. Area N16 Caprices de Ville (N.16).

Alvaro Cassinelli, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Carson Reynolds (2008). Meta-perception: reflexes and bodies as part of the interface. CHI 2008 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Timescape. 大日本印 (Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd).

Alvaro Cassinelli, Ishikawa Masatoshi (2008). Meta Perception [Invited talk]. Laser Society Academic Lecture 28th Annual Conference.

Alvaro Cassinelli, Yoshihiro Watanabe, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Carson Reynolds (2007). Manipulating Perception. Proceedings of 2007 IEEE International Workshop on Haptic, Audio and Visual Environments and Games.

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Carson Reynolds, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Augmenting spatial awareness with the Haptic Radar. Proceedings of Tenth Int. Symp. on Wearable Comp (ISWC).

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Takashi Komuro, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Takahito Ito (2006). 3D Object Representation Using a Tangible Screen. Proceedings of the 7th SICE System Integration Division Annual Conference.

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Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alvaro Cassinelli (2005). Khronos projector. Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2005 Emerging technologies.

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Stephane Perrin, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alvaro Cassinelli (2005). Smart laser-scanner for 3D human-machine interface. Proceedings of CHI 2005 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Stephane Perrin (2004). Gesture recognition using laser-based tracking system. Proceedings of Sixth IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Makoto Naruse, Fumito Kubota, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alain Goulet (2004). A load-balanced optical packet switch architecture with an O(1) scheduling complexity. Proceedings of 9th OptoElectronics and communications Conf./ 3rd International Conf. on Optical Internet (OECC/COIN).

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Makoto Naruse, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Alvaro Cassinelli (2002). Elemental optical fiber-based blocks for building modular computing parallel architectures. Proceedings of 49th Spring Meeting, Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) and Related Societies.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2000). Optoelectronic Stochastic Parallel Processors for real time image processing & application to motion detection. Universite Paris Sud – Paris XI IOTA / Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l’Institut d’Optique.

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Pierre H. Chavel, Alvaro Cassinelli, I. Glaser (2000). Optoelectronic cellular automata for video real-time vision. ROMOPTO, 6th Optics Conf..

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Philippe Lalanne, Pierre H. ChavelI. Glaser, Alvaro Cassinelli (1998). Video-Rate Optoelectronic Parallel Processors for Image Processing using Simulated Annealing. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.

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