D. Fox Harrell
Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence, MIT
Biography
D. Fox Harrell is Professor of Digital Media in both the Comparative Media Studies Program and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. His research focuses on the relationship between imaginative cognition and computation. He founded and directs the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab) to develop new forms of computational narrative, gaming, social media, and related digital media. He is the author of the book Phantasmal Media: An Approach to Imagination, Computation, and Expression. In 2010, he received an NSF CAREER Award, and in 2014–2015, he was awarded a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and was a recipient of the Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellowship in Communication.
D. Fox Harrell
Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence, MIT
SPEAKER FILM
Fox Harrell — Virtual Identities
Fox Harrell — Virtual Identities

D. Fox Harrell, Professor of Digital Media in both the Comparative Media Studies Program and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, has discovered that the human biases that shape our society are replicated—and sometimes intensified—in the virtual world. To understand and combat this phenomenon, Harrell founded and directs the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab), which seeks to develop new forms of computational narratives, video games, social media, and other types of digital media that empower users and address biases. Harrell's work investigates how the lines between the digital and physical have become blurred, and how the lack of nuance in digital media can lead to damaging behaviors and stereotypes.