Sven Travis

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First name: 
Sven
Last name: 
Travis
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Travis is an Associate Professor of Media and Design within the School of Art Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design in New York. He has taught and administered at Parsons for more than twenty-five years. In addition to his faculty position, he has served as Parsons Director of Advanced Computing, as Chair of Parsons Digital Design Department (which he founded), as Director of Parsons Center for New Design (which he co-founded), as New School Associate Provost for Technology R&D. He founded Parsons BFA and MFA degree programs in Design+Technology, within which he now and forever (very happily) teaches. Travis works frequently in China, where he has ongoing relationships with Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Tongji University (Shanghai), among others.

Travis is founding partner of The Fred Group (digitally generated textile printing and design, now defunct), principal of Crazy Baldhead (neural network and fuzzy logic programming applied to interactive media-- still rumored to exist-- whereabouts unknown), founder of the Beijing Yacht Club (immersive installations), and lead researcher within the Mighty Spicy Collective (open source educational technology). Travis was raised in Wisconsin and is a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design and New York Polytechnic University. He is married with two children, and is a proud resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

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