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 (2020). scoreLight. SNUMOA, Game+Interactive Media Art, Museum Seoul Nat. Univ..

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2020). scoreLight. Disseny Hub Barcelona.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2020). Khronos Projector. Ars Electronica Center (AEC).

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2020). boxedEgo. SNUMOA (Museum of the Seoul National University).

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2019). A Forgotten Exercise?. Indra and Harry Banga Gallery.

Daniel Eckhoff, Alvaro Cassinelli, Christian Sandor (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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Alvaro Cassinelli (2019). The Analogue Notebook: a forgotten exercise?. Leonardo da Vinci: Art and Science, Then and Now.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Daniel Saakes (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). scoreLight. Laser Pong first Mini-Maker Faire, Sinergia Tech.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2017). Ratchair. Discovery Channel Canada.

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

Alvaro Cassinelli (2017). Khronos Projector. ANTEL (Uruguay’s government-owned telecommunications company),Espacio Ciencias.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2016). Ratchair. Digital Content Expo (CONTEX’16).

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2016). Ratchair. Seoul, South Korea.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2015). Dancing Robots Lamps. E.Montgomery, Quantum concert, SODRE.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2014). Simul-Tango. Studio RADA.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2014). Interactive Notebook Exhibition. Cafe & Shop Uma Merdre.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2014). Hapti-Cat mask & Electric Silhouette. DOIT Taiwan Open Innovation Festival.

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Jordi Puig, Andrew Perkis, Aud Sissel Hoel, Alvaro Cassinelli (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.

Alvaro Cassinelli, Jussi Angesleva, Yoshihiro Watanabe, Gonzalo Frasca, Masatoshi Ishikawa (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 (2012). Skin Games. MIT Media Lab.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2012). scoreLight. Tokyo Designer Week.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2012). scoreLight. CHI’12 Interactivity session.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Charleston/Create Space, Carson Reynolds (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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Alvaro Cassinelli (2011). scoreLight. Sonar Tokyo Festival.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2011). scoreLight. Microwave Festival: Alchemy: Drifting labs.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2011). scoreLight. Dancing Machine / Monaco Dance Forum.

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Perrin Stephan (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.

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

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight. SCOPITONE FESTIVAL.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight. Okayama Media Art Festival.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight. Nihon Terebi (Japanese TV).

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight. Lille3000, Dancing Machine.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight. Kyoto Media Art Festival.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight. Japanese television, TV Asahi, Sakicho program.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight. Fuji TV stage.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2010). scoreLight. EXIT & VIA festival.

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

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

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

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

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2009). scoreLight. SIGGRAPH ASIA, Art Gallery Adaptation & E-Tech.

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

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Carson Reynolds, Alvaro Cassinelli, Masatoshi Ishikawa (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).

Carson Reynolds, Alvaro Cassinelli, Masatoshi Ishikawa (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).

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

Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Wireless Haptic Radar. Ars Electronica/HYBRID EGO, Tokyo Univ. Campus Exhibition.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Sticky Light. Ars Electronica/HYBRID EGO, Tokyo Univ. Campus Exhibition.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Khronos Projector. VIA’08 Festival International.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Khronos Projector. Tokyo Science and Technology Museum.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Khronos Projector. SCOPITONE Festival.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). Khronos Projector. EXIT’08 festival international, Maison des Arts de Creteil.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). boxedEgo. Sonar/Sonarmá́tica: FUTURE PAST CINEMA.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). boxedEgo. Medialab-Prado, Vision Play workshop exhibition.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2008). boxedEgo. Ars Electronica/HYBRID EGO - Tokyo Univ. Campus Exhibition.

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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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Alvaro Cassinelli (2007). Khronos Projector. OPENPLAY, Digital Art Festival Taipei.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2007). Khronos Projector. NTT Inter-Communication Center (ICC).

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2007). Khronos Projector. Design Pavillon at WIRED NEXTFEST.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2007). Flat Elephant Walks. Okamura Design Space R / New Otani Garden.

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

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

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Khronos Projector. O.K. Center for Contemporary Art.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Khronos Projector. NHK Digital Stadium.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Khronos Projector. NHK Digital Stadium.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Khronos Projector. Laval Virtual.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Khronos Projector. Future of Design Pavillon at WIRED NEXTFEST.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Khronos Projector. Animatronica - Microwave Int. New Media Arts Festival.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Khronos Projector. “On a tout essaye” TV program.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2006). Khronos Projector. 9th Japan Media Art Festival.

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

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Stephane Perrin, Masatoshi Ishikawa (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 (2005). Khronos Projector. Split Film Festival.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2005). Khronos Projector. Interactive Tokyo.

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Alvaro Cassinelli (2005). Khronos Projector. Digital Art Festival.

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

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“Alain Goulet”, Alvaro Cassinelli, “Makoto Naruse”, “Fumito Kubota”, “Masatoshi Ishikawa” (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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Alvaro Cassinelli, Makoto Naruse, Alain Goulet, Masatosh iIshikawa (2003). Arbitration-free Time-Division Permutation Switching suitable for All-Optical Implementation. proceedings of Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers(IEICE).

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Makoto Naruse, Masatoshi Ishikawa (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 (2000). Optoelectronic cellular automata for video real-time vision. ROMOPTO, 6th Optics Conf..

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Alvaro Cassinelli, Philippe Lalanne, Pierre H. ChavelI. Glaser (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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