Matthew Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University. He holds a joint appointment with the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) in the College of Arts and Sciences where he has taught and collaborated on faculty, staff, and student research projects since 1992. He is additionally affiliated with the Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI), the campus hub for big data analysis and visualization research.

Dr. Lewis’s current research is in the areas of emerging technologies and generative processes in the arts and design. In particular, he is investigating the use of novel data acquisition, fabrication, and display systems for interactive performance, installation, and data visualization applications. He has taught courses on creative coding, interactive performance and installation technologies, virtual environments, 3D animation, digital lighting, and procedural animation. He has presented generative art and design research and artwork internationally.


  • Emerging Technologies
  • Generative Design
  • Computer Graphics


  • PhD in Computer and Information Science, 2001

    The Ohio State University

  • BSE in Computer Science Engineering, 1991

    University of Pennsylvania

  • BA in Philosophy, 1991

    University of Pennsylvania




  • Design 6400: Graduate Design Studio (AU17-20)
  • Design 4650: Collaborative Design Studio (SP19-20)
  • ACCAD 5102: Programming Concepts for Artists and Designers (SU17, SP18-20)


  • ACCAD 4101/7101: Performance and Installation Technologies (SP13-17), co-taught with Alex Oliszewski in SP13
  • ACCAD 7104: Procedural Animation (SU14/16)
  • Design 797: Designing Responsive Historical Environments (AU11), co-taught with Jeff Haase (Design) and David Staley (History)
  • ARTSCOL 763: Procedural Animation (SU09-10,12)
  • ARTSCOL 694AZ/758: Performance and Installation Technologies (SP04-12)
  • Dance 692: New Ground (SP06), co-taught with Norah Zuniga Shaw (Dance/ACCAD)
  • ARTSCOL 755: Advanced Digital Cinematography (AU02-03, WI05-06)
  • ARTSCOL 762: Virtual Environments (WI98-02), co-taught with Peter Gerstmann in WI02
  • Art 894.12: Digital Lighting (SP00)
  • Art 752: Computer Animation (SP97)
  • Art 894Z12: Procedural Animation (AU94, WI95-97)


Virtual Spaces from 360° Photos

modeling and texturing process

TDAI Meeting Room

VR IoT Prototyping Tablet/Lamp/Speaker

Virtual Dojo

WebXR space

Technology System Evolution

Navigating Possibility Spaces

Emerging Tech Design Library

electronics for students

Humane Object Agency

IoT VR Performance

Seeding Sullivant

Historical Locative Media

Woven Text

Procedural 3D Typography

Torrence 6-⁠36-⁠86

360 Video Dance Installation

Vehicle Test Course Visualization

Parametric Road Tools


Visualizing Animals


Theatrical Projection Mapping

Interactive Evolutionary Design

Genetic Algorithm 3D Framework

3D Printed Data Sculpture

Visualizing History

Motion Bank: Two

Choreographer InfoVis

Columbus Bicentennial Digital Exhibits

Interactive Video Projection

Reading the Code: Genetic Literacy

Genetic Literacy System

Wireless VR

Motion Capture Framework

Gesture Map

3d Printed Concept Space

Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur

Dinosaur Visualization Exhibit

Synchronous Objects

Visualizing Choreography

Laban Floor Plans

Generative Choreography


Computer Vision for Dance Sound Volumes

Processing Spheres

Minimalist Interactive Code Sketches

String Drawings

Interactive Particle Drawings


Generative Typographic Forms

Data Visualization for Art’s Birthday

Responsive Networked Architecture

Video Filter Evolution

Interactive Realtime Video


Interactive Video Dance Installation

Memory Lattice

Photo Text Grid Installation

Sleep Deprivation Chamber

Theatrical Interactive Video


Motion Capture Photo Album

Boccaccio Theatre Project

Visualizing Set Design in Game Engines

Finger spelling

Web3D Interactive Hands

Image Population

Evolved Color Grid

Virtual Theatre

Web3D Stage Simulation


Aesthetic Evolution Design with Data Flow Networks


Generative Postscript Drawings


VFX Animation

Conversation and Other Noises

Web3D Animated Stick Figures

Viento Nasa Simulation

Dataflow interfaces

Abulafia Gallery

Virtual Paintings

Processing of Perception

Computer Graphics Arts Exhibition

Recent Talks

Technology Prototyping in Virtual Campus Environments

XR Strategy for Design Education

Emerging Technology System Evolution

interactive genetic algorithms and network diagrams

A Framework for Introducing Emerging Technologies in Design Studio Classes

abstract space visualization and experiential prototyping