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Connor Rawls

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Research Specialist
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Research Specialist
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Research Specialist
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Research Specialist
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802

An alumnus of the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering; I work with Synthesis at ASU to create Responsive Media Environments. I participate in Synthesis affilitated research projects both as a software developer and a technical consultant. My main focuses are on design of realtime, interactive media systems; tangible, alternative control systems; and computational modelling for both scientific and artistic purposes. During my time at ASU I have helped to develop software control systems for the Synthesis research apparatus "iStage" (MCENT 222-224) and contributed to faculty led exhibitions which have shown internationally. My passion is for finding algorithms, methodologies, and techniques from other disciplines and incorporating them into the practice of interactive and responsive media.


B.A. Digital Culture, Arizona State University

Research Interests: 

Responsive Environments:
How do artists and designers create spaces that react to their users in ways that extend beyond binary logics and decision trees? Can we enrichen the spaces where people live and work by adding subtle digital characters who respond to occupants without the need for a discrete interface?

Media Choreography:
In what ways can a simple change in media completely alter the perceived theme or message of an exhibit? How can we design towards affecting a change in mood or emotion with interactive media without the need to modify underlying software functionality?

Research Group: 

Synthesis Center, School of Arts, Media, and Engineering



R. Bhushan, K. Kulkarni, V. Pandey, C. Rawls, B. Mechtley, S. Jayasuriya, C. Ziegler, "ODO: Design of Multimodal Chatbot for an Experiential Media System", Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 2020.


B Mechtley, T Ingalls, J Stein, C Rawls, Sha X W, “SC: A Modular Software Suite for Composing Continuously-Evolving Responsive Environments,” in Proceedings of the Living Architectures Systems Group Symposium, Toronto, ON, 2019.

Evan Montpellier, Concordia University, Canada; Garrett Johnson, Arizona State University, United States; Omar Al Faleh, Concordia University, Canada; Joshua Gigantino, Assegid Kidane, Arizona State University, United States; Nikolaos Chandolias, Concordia University, United States; Connor Rawls, Todd Ingalls, Xin Wei Sha, Arizona State University, United States. "Suturing Space: Tabletop Portals for Collaboration", HCII 2015

Exhibited Works

SERRA : Vegetal Life Exhibition (2015 - 2018)

ODO: Nobody Lives Here (2020)

Cosmos (2018)

iMonsoon (2015) presented at the Conference on Complex Systems


Improvisational Environments (2014)

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 294Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 294Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 494Special Topics
AME 531Experiential Media Studies II