Michael B. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Media Arts & Sciences
from MIT's Media Lab. He was at the Media Lab since 1988,
where he also received his MS in Visual Studies in 1991.
At the Media Lab, his work has ranged from distributed simulations
to digital multi-plane cameras, animation languages to scientific
visualization, character construction and debugging environments
to narrative intelligence, parallel computation to malleable
Before coming to the Media Lab, he studied
at the University College of Swansea in Wales and received
his BS in Computer Science at the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign. While an undergrad, he was heavily involved
in the local theater scene, taking graduate classes in theatre
and being involved in community theater in Chicago. He worked
for IBM in Florida and Cambridge, MA as a co-op, and was
a staff member in the Scientific Visualization Program at
NCSA for the last two years of his undergraduate studies.
Dr. Johnson is a Media Arts Technologist at Pixar
Animation Studios, where he works on future interactive
entertainment technology. Before settling in at Pixar, he
was affiliated with Thinking Machines for four years, working
in the Graphics Group, where he spent two years as a Future
Technologies consultant to the Director of Software.
Michael B. Johnson gave a presentation at the DEAF95 symposium.