Phoebe Sengers builds intelligent, interactive, expressive information systems. The goal of her work is to analyze carefully what these systems currently unconsciously express, and to develop technology that allows us to express new aspects of human experience. She uses the tools of cultural theory as a way to understand these systems better, and to generate technical ideas for new forms of technology.
Phoebe Sengers is currently doing research on agents, avatars, virtual environments, and computer graphics at the GMD in Bonn, Germany. She's also active in the Narrative Intelligence research community. She was a Fulbright Guest Researcher at the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. In August 1998, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, with a self-defined interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and Cultural Theory (administered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Program in Literary and Cultural Theory).