Brian Orland
  • Co-Director
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts & Architecture

Interests include environmental perception and the computer modeling of environmental impacts. Studies have included the impacts of highway development, of insect pest impacts and logging on national forests, and of the effects of military training activities. In the early 1980s he was one of the first to adopt microcomputer-based image capture technology as a tool in the systematic investigation of public perceptions of an array of environmental management issues. He developed image processing algorithms for the synthesis of ground-level imagery showing the effects of progressive insect damage in national forests in Alaska, Utah, New Mexico and Oregon. In the early 1990s he developed a data-driven forest visualization tool for forest management, capable of representing forest landscapes at unprecedented scale, that has been widely applied to natural and commercial forest management in the United States, Finland and New Zealand. Recent work has focused on the evolution of urban systems (US National Science Foundation), the assessment of climate change impact on regional landscapes (US Environmental Protection Agency), and the influences of forest bio-physical characteristics on perceived fire hazard (US Forest Service).

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Nilam Ram
  • Co-Director
  • Penn State
  • College of Health & Human Development

Nilam is an Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at Penn State. He studies how short-term changes (e.g., hourly fluctuations in emotion, information processing, etc.) develop over the course of the lifespan and how intraindividual change and variability study designs (like the multi-burst iSAHIB design) might contribute to our knowledge base. Current projects include examinations of: age differences in short-term dynamics at the cognitive/affective/temperament interface; cyclic patterns in the day-to-day progression of emotions; and change in cognition and well-being over the lifespan, particularly in the oldest old. He seeks to develop a variety of analytical methods that maintain a focus on the individual while still tackling issues of population aggregation and generalizability. StudioLab projects include development of the Real-Time Carousel technology for conducting ecological momentary assessment, analysis, and intervention, development of multi-modal assessments, Serious Games, Data Visualizations and Data Analysis.

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Dena Lang
  • Penn State
  • College of Health & Human Development

Dena's previous professional experiences and research interests have been diverse ranging from mechanical engineering facilities design to research that applied engineering and molecular biology approaches to the study of the skeletal response to mechanical loading.  As a Mechanical Engineer, she worked on facility design projects involving mechanical systems that included heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and energy conservation systems, as well as R&D of air conditioning equipment for Navy ships.  Her current work investigates relationships among components of the indoor environment, occupants, and energy usage. Specifically, the effects of the indoor environment on occupant health and well-being and in parallel, how socially-mediated energy-saving strategies can increase awareness of energy use and/or increase energy saving behaviors.

Lisa Kopp
  • Penn State
  • College of Health & Human Development

Lisa is an Assistant Professor in Human Development & Family Studies at Penn State. Lisa’s research focuses on developmental influences on brain function. In particular, she is interested in individual differences in reinforcement learning and reward processing that influence risk for psychopathology. In conjunction with the art team at StudioLab, Lisa is working on developing interactive video stimuli that adjust dynamically in response to child physiology.

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Martin Sliwinski
  • Penn State
  • College of Health & Human Development

Dr. Sliwinski is a Professor of Human Development and Family Study and directs the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State. How research examines on how aging, health and disease can influence a person’s ability to memorize, reason and concentrate. Specifically, he is interested in linking micro-level processes (e.g., daily stress, affect, rumination) to long-term changes in mental, physical and cognitive health.  The theoretical model guiding this research links environmental influences (e.g., daily stressors, life events) to physiological dysregulation and cognitive decline via ruminative processes (e.g., intrusive thoughts). Dr. Sliwinski is working on the Mobile Toolkit for assessing cognitive function.

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Matt Kenyon
  • University of Michigan
  • School of Art & Design

Matt Kenyon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States and has a M.F.A in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is interested in the convergence of art, emerging technologies and popular culture. Many of his recent works feature wearable computing technologies and robotics as a means for making cultural critique. Matt currently is an Assistant Professor of New Media at Penn State University where he teaches physical computing, Game Design and 3D animation.
Matthew’s art has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia in such venues as SIGGRAPH 2005-Emerging Technologies in Los Angeles, The International Symposium of Electronic Language in Sao Paolo Brazil, Nicograph Internation, The Society for Art and Science in Seoul, South Korea, Bilbao Arte in Bilbao Spain, Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario among others.

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Amanda Child
  • Penn State
  • College of Health and Human Development
Amanda is a research assistant for Dr. Chuck Geier in Human Development and Family Studies. As an RA, she helps conduct experiments that explore how nicotine dependence in adolescents is related to reward processing and inhibitory control. She has previously studied music cognition as an undergraduate at Bucknell University.
Andre Plate
  • Penn State
  • Department of Psychology

Andre is a senior majoring in psychology with aspirations to attend graduate school in clinical psychology. Prior to joining StudioLab, Andre worked with Dr. Nilam Ram in the iSAHIB lab.   He is currently analyzing twitter data for a StudioLab project aimed at investigating patterns of diseases spread among individuals based on their geo-located tweets on the social networking site.

Anna Long
  • Penn State
  • Department of Psychology

Anna is a Senior from Mifflintown, Pa who is currently en route to graduate in the spring with a bachelors degree in psychology. Anna will be pursuing further education in clinical or counseling psychology following graduation.

Caitlin Smith
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts and Architecture

Caitlin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. She works as the manager for StudioLab, coordinating people and projects. Caitlin is also involved in StudioLab’s data visualization investigations and projects concerning land use, planning, and public perceptions of landscape in the context of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. Caitlin intends to continue her work in landscape planning and conservation as a landscape architect following graduation.

Cody Goddard
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts & Architecture

Cody Goddard works as a photographer and multimedia developer at the College of Arts & Architecture at Penn State.  He received his BFA in art with concentration in photography and BA in integrative arts with honors from Penn State in 2010.  Cody has wide-ranging interests that influence his work, including alternative and antique photography, woodworking, metalworking, new media art, and sculpture.  He frequently gives guest demonstrations and lectures for photography classes at Penn State.

Curtis Kling
  • Penn State
  • Computer Science & Engineering

Curtis is a senior computer science major at Penn State. He develops PC and mobile video games as the head programmer of SharkArm Studios. His studio lab jobs are mobile device programming, web applet programming, and game design. His work habits include eating cold pizza and programming with his shoes off. He is currently working on the mobile cognitive task tool set as the engine programmer for the Android platform and web applet.

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Ee Ching Ng @ Candice
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts & Architecture

Ee Ching Ng @ Candice is an artist researcher who uses art, critical design and technology to explore the frameworks of relationships that are negotiated between humans, mediated spaces and objects. Through fabricating and constructing possible futures that situate interactions with emerging technologies, both her creation of objects, its contextual narratives and interaction that ensues provides a platform to explore the manifold philosophical and conceptual systems that technology manifests within society. 

Emily Wilhite
  • Penn State
  • Department of Psychology

Emily is currently a senior Psychology and Spanish major. She is working as a temporary project manager for StudioLab/RAID.  In addition to her work at StudioLAB, she has studied abroad in Brazil and will be abroad in Argentina starting at the end of February. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to attend graduate school to earn her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. At Penn State she is involved in THON, peer advising for the Study Abroad program, and promoting healthy choices for students through volunteering with Healthworks. She has worked as a research assistant for iSAHIB and as a project manager for StudioLab/RAID.

Hannah Mincemoyer
  • Penn State
  • College of Health and Human Development

Hanna is a sophomore in the College of Education and the Schreyer Honors College. Her major is Secondary Education with a Math Option and an IST minor. She works in StudioLab as one of Lauren Molloy's undergraduate research assistants. In addition to this research, Hanna tutors local high school students in math and participates in a service organization at Penn State called Adopt-A-School. Upon graduation she hopes to teach for a few years and then return to school to get certified in Educational Administration.

Kellie Waksmunski
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts & Architecture

Kellie is an undergraduate student studying Landscape Architecture and Environmental Soil Science. She began working on this project in July, researching and compiling information for the website and also helping with website creation and formatting.

Kristi Goetz
  • Penn State
  • College of Health and Human Development

Kristi is a first year graduate student in the department of Human Development and Family Studies working as a research assistant for Dr. Charles Geier.  She is interested in risk-taking, rewarding processing, and addictive behavior, particularly in adolescence- the age at which drug use is often initiated.  Kristi enjoys teaching and serving as a lab instructor for an undergraduate research methods course with Dr. Sherry Corneal.

Kyle Hood
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts & Architecture

Kyle Hood is a recent graduate of the College of Arts and Architecture, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media.  His personal studio practice investigates the applications and consequences of modern technologies in media consumption.  His art mainly consists of computer-aided installation and digital art that plays off of a viewer's digital literacy, subversively turning them from observer into participant.  Kyle's art is informed by emerging trends in data-sensitive advertising, video game culture, and the rise of participatory mash-up in the age of Web 2.0.

At StudioLab, Kyle is involved in many projects with a variety of tasks.  Kyle designed and manages StudioLab's website, creates prototypes for Real-Time Data Visualization, and conducts media research for Lisa Kopp's HINPORL study.

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Laura MacLean
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts and Architecture

Laura is a recent Masters of Fine Art graduate from Penn State's School of Visual Art.  She joins Studiolab as a resident artist, contributing her visual understanding toward collaborations in data visulizations.  When not in studio lab Laura is working on publishing a book titled "A Year in Observation" based on her photographic contemplation of daily life.  She is also undertaking the study of food in current western culture, exploring how it relates to personal health and well-being and how it feeds back into an artful practice of living

Lauren Molloy
  • Penn State
  • College of Health & Human Development

Lauren Molloy is a 5th year graduate student in Human Development & Family Studies, mentored by Drs. Scott Gest and Nilam Ram. Lauren is interested in the ways in which social relationships shape individual development (e.g., friends’ influences on adolescents’ engagement in school or substance use).  The majority of her work has been focused around two areas: 1) exploring how peer relationships contribute to adolescents’ behavioral choices (e.g., friends’ influence on adolescents’ engagement in school or substance use); and 2) developing and applying cutting-edge statistical tools (i.e., social network analysis, intra-individual change and variability methodologies, and an innovative integration of these two methods) to advance theory in this area.  Continued work in these two areas has sparked a more recent interest in a third focus: 3) exploring how these advanced statistical tools – and the theoretical change processes that they allow us to test – can inform the evaluation and improvement of preventive interventions.  Current projects outside of StudioLab include: examination of the relations between early adolescent peer networks and the emergence of substance use, through involvement on the NIDA-funded PROSPER Peers Project (led by Wayne Osgood) and the LEAPS Project (led by Scott Gest).

StudioLab projects include 1) UNITE project (P.I.), an innovative social network study aimed at developing and testing a new research paradigm to examine time-varying intra-group dynamics in group-based intervention settings and their relation to intervention outcomes; 2) exploring ways to enhance visualization of time-varying social network data; and 3) iSAHIB Project (led by Nilam Ram), aimed at developing analytic tools for measuring and describing dynamic processes of social interactions in a within-person modeling framework.

Nate Kling
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts & Architecture

Nate is a new media artist working with games, animation and mobile phone development. He is a recent graduate of Penn State in New Media Art and creates animation and artwork for games as the creative director and lead artist for SharkArm Studios. He has been working at studio lab on projects such as Tech Savvy Girls Camp, CoDL, and the mobile cognitive tasks project. He works as a designer, coder and artist on these projects , contributing to the design and layout of the projects.

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Peifeng Yin
  • Penn State
  • Computer Science & Engineering

Peifeng is a 3rd year Ph.D student in Computer Science and Engineering. His research interest lies in recommendation on (location-based) social networks. Peifeng started working at StudioLab in September, 2011. Since then his major work has been focused on exploiting data mining techniques in data analysis and modeling of human emotions.

Sarah Rumbaugh
  • Penn State
  • College of Arts & Architecture

Sarah is an undergraduate student majoring in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Geography. As a research assistant since Summer 2011, Sarah helps to assemble information for the Energy Saving through Social Media website, which she also helped to develop.

Sydney Fitzgerald
  • Penn State
  • College of Health and Human Development

Sydney is a Senior Majoring in Education and Public Policy, en route to graduating in the spring. She is currently working as a research assistant on the UNITE project. Upon graduation she hopes to seek work in a education research firm looking at inner city schools. In addition to her studies Sydney is a captain for the Penn State Dance Marathon, and is actively involved with both her majors student council, and Alpha Phi Omega a community service fraternity.

David Lydon
  • Penn State
  • College of Health and Human Development

David is a graduate student in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. Working in the Geier Lab for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Addiction, he is pursuing his interest in adolescent decision-making. Specifically, his research is focused on understanding the dynamics between areas of the brain involved in incentive (reward) processing and cognitive control in order to gain insight into the increase in risky behaviors (e.g. the initiation of substance use) observed during this developmental period. He is also interested in emerging adolescent nicotine dependence and its effects on the brain.