D. Fox Harrell


D. Fox Harrell, Ph.D., is Professor of Digital Media & Artificial Intelligence in the Comparative Media Studies Program and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. His research explores the relationship between imagination and computation. His research involves developing new forms of computational narrative, gaming, VR, social media, and related digital media based in computer science, cognitive science, and digital media arts. The National Science Foundation has recognized Harrell with an NSF CAREER Award for his project “Computing for Advanced Identity Representation.” Harrell holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. His other degrees include a Master's degree in Interactive Telecommunication from New York University, and a B.F.A. in Art, B.S. in Logic and Computation, and minor in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University (each with highest honors). He has worked as an interactive television producer and as a game designer. His book Phantasmal Media: An Approach to Imagination, Computation, and Expression was published by the MIT Press (2013).

  • Professor of Digital Media & Artificial Intelligence

  • Director, MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality

  • Director, MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory