Tomlinson, Bill

Assistant Professor, Informatics
, Arts and Humanities
Division: UCI
Phone: 949-824-9333
Research Layer: New Media Arts


Bill Tomlinson is a researcher and animator of autonomous computational characters.  His interactive projects have been shown at SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, the ZKM Future Cinema exhibition and other venues, and have been reviewed by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Sculpture Magazine, Scientific American Frontiers, the LA Times, and the BBC. In addition his animated film, Shaft of Light, screened at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by the Anti-Defamation League in its Anti-Bias/Diversity Catalog. He holds an A.B. in Biology from Harvard College, an M.F.A. in Experimental Animation from CalArts, and S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Synthetic Characters Group at the MIT Media Lab.


Tomlinson's current work explores the connections between social relationships, emotion, and human ethical systems.