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Brandon Mechtley

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Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802

With Synthesis at ASU, I develop steerable, responsive simulations of complex systems using whole-body interaction and manipulation of tangible objects and architecture for collaborative research and sense-making. Prior to returning to ASU, I developed tools for studying spatial synchrony in complex food webs and computational models of parasitism in the Reuman Lab at the Kansas Biological Survey, and I developed machine listening software for large-scale analysis of acoustic environments at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at ASU.

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, Arizona State University
  • B.S. Computer Science, Arizona State University

L Sheppard, B Mechtley, J Walter, D Reuman, “Self-organising cicada choruses respond to the local sound and light environment,” Ecology and Evolution, 2020; 00:1-12.

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.

B Mechtley, C Roberts, J Stein, B Nandin, Sha X W, “Enactive Steering of an Experiential Model of the Atmosphere,” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality, pp. 126-144, Springer, Cham., 2018.

B Mechtley, J Stein, C Roberts, Sha X W, “Rich State Transitions in a Media Choreography Framework Using an Idealized Model of Cloud Dynamics,” in Proceedings of the Thematic Workshops of ACM Multimedia 2017, pp. 477-484, Mountain View, CA, 2017.

B Mechtley, P R Cook, and A Spanias, “Sound Mapping on the Web: Current Solutions and Future Directions,” Symposium on Acoustic Ecology, Kent, United Kingdom, 2013.

B Mechtley, P R Cook, and A Spanias, “Shortest Path Techniques for Annotation and Retrieval of Environmental Sounds,” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2012.

D Birchfield, H Thornburg, MC Megowan-Romanowicz, S Hatton, B Mechtley, I Dolgov, W Burleson, G Qian, "Interactive Multimedia Technology in Learning: Integrating Multimodality, Embodiment, and Composition for Mixed-Reality Learning Envirorments," in Multimedia Image and Video Processing, 2nd ed., L. Guan, Y. He, and S.-Y. Kung, Eds. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012, pp. 659-690.

A Fink, B Mechtley, G Wichern, J Liu, and H Thornburg, “Re-sonification of Geographic Sound Activity Using Acoustic, Semantic, and Social Information,” in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Auditory Display, Washington, D.C., 2010.

B Mechtley, G Wichern, H Thornburg, and A Spanias, “Combining semantic, social, and acoustic similarity for retrieval of environmental sounds,” in Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Dallas, TX, pp. 2010, 2402-2405.

G Wichern, B Mechtley, A Fink, H Thornburg, and A Spanias, “An Ontological Framework for Retrieving Environmental Sounds Using Semantics and Acoustic Content,” in EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing, vol. 2010, pp. 1-11, 2010.

G Wichern, J Xue, H Thornburg, B Mechtley, and A Spanias, Segmentation, indexing, and retrieval for environmental and natural sounds, in IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 688-707, 2010.

D Birchfield, H Thornburg, MC Megowan-Romanowicz, S Hatton, B Mechtley, I Dolgov, and W Burleson. Embodiment, Multimodality, and Composition: Convergent Themes across HCI and Education for Mixed-Reality Learning Environments, in Advances in Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 2008, pp. 1-20, 2008.

D Birchfield, B Mechtley, S Hatton, and H Thornburg. Mixed-reality learning in the art museum context, in Proceedings of the 16th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Vancouver, BC, 2008. pp. 965-968.

G Wichern, H Thornburg, B Mechtley, A Fink, K Tu, and A Spanias, Robust Multi-feature Segmentation and Indexing for Natural Sound Environments, in Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing, Bordeaux, France, 2007, pp. 69-76.

Spring 2020
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AME 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 531Experiential Media Studies II
AME 590Reading And Conference
Fall 2019
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AME 484Internship
AME 494Special Topics
Fall 2018
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AME 484Internship
Fall 2017
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AME 484Internship
Fall 2016
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AME 484Internship