Andy Nealen 

I design interfaces, algorithms, and systems for games, digital shape modeling tools, and virtual cameras. My research is based on minimalist principles, and leverages and extends our understanding of how humans perceive shape, motion, and color. Some of my past projects include FiberMesh (SIGGRAPH 2007), Osmos (Apple Design Award winner 2011), Models of Viewpoint Preference (SIGGRAPH 2012), Pixelation, RigMesh (SIGGRAPH Asia 2012), Exploring Game Space (FDG 2015), AniMesh (SIGGRAPH Asia 2015), Highscores (FDG 2016), and Depth in Games (AAAI 2017).

I'm an assistant professor of Computer Science at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where I am the co-director of the Game Innovation Lab, am affiliated with the NYU Game Center, and teach classes in Game Design, Computer Graphics, and Digital Shape Modeling. I am also a member of Hemisphere Games, and host the Indie Tech Talk series at NYU.

To find out more about me, you can read about my opinion on the future of AI, listen to a conversation on Game Design Advance, watch this tek syndicate interview, watch a YouTube feature on my research, browse my talks on the GDC vault, search for my name on the Web, or check out the tabletop games I like. I'm also featured in a TIME video on the DIY of indie gaming, a PBS Off Book on the creativity of indie video games, and have helped out with the annual Independent Games Festival.

Here's a short bio, my CV, a list of my publications, some games I've worked on, and a link to my old (bloated and outdated) website. Click here to see my email address.

"To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection."  - Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis, 1905.