Jonathan Foote is a recovering scientist, tinkerer, and creative technologist with decades of hands-on experience. He received a BS (Electrical Engineering) and ME (Electrical) degrees from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, where he also received a Brown Presidential Teaching Award and an Outstanding Research Award from the Brown University Chapter of Sigma Xi. Jonathan did postdoctoral research at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom from 1993 to 1996, and was a 1997 Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of Systems Science (now A*STAR) in Singapore. From 1997 to 2005 he was a Senior Research Scientist at FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc.
Jonathan's kinetic and light works explore perception and interaction using a range of sophisticated electronics, from vintage vacuum tubes to the latest semiconductors and actuators. Jonathan is an Adjunct Professor in the Interaction Design department at California College for the Arts, a member of the Kinetics and Electronics faculty at The Crucible, and a 2015 Autodesk Artist-in-Residence. He is also a founding member of the SWARM robotics collective, and has shown his work at numerous Bay Area venues as well as internationally and for commission.
Jonathan's research interests include machine learning, audio analysis and retrieval, robotics, multimedia signal processing, distance interaction, and panoramic video. Jonathan has published more than 60 papers in these areas and has received Best Paper Awards at the ACM Multimedia and ACM SIGIR international conferences. Jonathan has been awarded more than 40 US patents. Currently he is works as a Consulting Scientist to start-up and established technology, robotics, research, new media and design firms.