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Benjamin Knapp

Benjamin Knapp: Professor 

213 Moss Arts Center
Phone: (540) 231-1911

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
Stanford University, 1989

M.S., Electrical Engineering
Stanford University, 1986

B.S., Electrical Engineering
North Carolina State University, 1984

R. Benjamin Knapp is the founding director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and professor of computer science at Virginia Tech. For more than 20 years, he has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity.

Knapp's research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.