Águeda Simóat University of Beira Interior
Águeda Simó is an artist, researcher and academic who works at the confluence of art, science and technology. She began her work in the area of virtual reality in 1992, applying concepts and technologies drawn from mathematics, biology, neuroscience and engineering. She specializes in interaction design, tangible interfaces and stereoscopic visual displays, with stress on natural paradigms and interactive narratives that reflect multicultural, ecological and bioethical issues.
Simó exhibits internationally at venues including ZKM, Laboral Art Center, SIGGRAPH, IMAGINA, ArtFutura, ICMC, ISAMA-BRIDGES, CIBERVISION, ARTECH and the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Her artwork resides in collections that include the Queen Sofia National Center of Art Museum, Madrid and the Museum of Science of San Sebastian. Her study and research projects have been awarded and funded by the Basque Government, Fulbright Program, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Annenberg Center for Communication, VRCAI-SIGGRAPH, the Science and Technology Foundation of Portugal (FCT), PT Inovação-Portugal Telecom, and others. She publishes and lectures widely on Electronic Media Art and Technology, and taught the first Virtual Reality courses at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and at CalArts. She currently teaches at the University of Beira Interior, Portugal where she created and directed the Master in Design Multimedia program. She holds a PhD in Fine Arts, MA in Image Synthesis and Computer Animation, BA in Fine Arts and BA in Communication Science.