Prof David Novick – human-computer interaction (#88)

David Novick earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Oregon. He joined the University of Texas at El Paso in 1999. His research interests center on human-computer interaction, with current emphasis on embodied conversational agents in virtual reality, color illusions, and engineering education. Along the way, David performed as a nightclub magician and mentalist, and taught skiing as a member of the PSIA. His current outside interest is coaching and performing improv comedy.

Prof. Kokichi Sugihara – optical illusion engineer (#70)

Kokichi Sugihara is a Meiji University distinguished professor emeritus as well as a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo. His research area is mathematical engineering. In his research on computer vision, he found a method for constructing 3D objects from “impossible figures,” and extended his research interest to human vision and optical illusion. Constructing mathematical models of human vision systems, he created various new impossible objects, and has won the Best Illusion of the Year Contest multiple times. 

Interview 30. – Gianni Sarcone

Visual artist and author from Italy with over 30 years' experience in the fields of visual creativity, recreational mathematics and educational games. Much of his art blurs the line between cognitive sciences and communication. As Gianni puts it, his work is intended to “encourage people to look beyond what seems obvious and to open their mind to new emotions and dimensions."

Interview 19. – Mark Setteducati

Magician and Inventor of games, puzzles and magic. Companies worldwide have marketed over fifty of his creations, including "Magic Works", "Jigazo Puzzle" and "Rubik's Game". He is the Author of "The Magic Show", an interactive book of magic published by Workman Publishing. In 2014 the Academy of Magical Arts awarded Setteducati a Creative Fellowship and honorary lifetime membership to The Magic Castle.

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