Julian Bleecker is an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Cinema-TV’s Interactive Media Division, and research faculty at USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy. He is Director of the Mobile and Pervasive Lab, a near-future think tank and research and development lab run by the School of Cinema-TV and Annenberg Center at the University of Southern California. In 2005-06 he is a Research Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication.
Currently his research vectors focus on investigating new and future forms of social cooperation, social networking, entertainment and communication, particularly through location-specific mobile, wireless and “WiFi” enabling technologies.
His technology designs and wireless innovations have been exhibited and presented in many academic, commercial and art-technology venues including the Banff Center for the Arts, Canada, American Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, Art Interactive in Boston, the Annenberg Center at the University of Southern California, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, ACM SIGCHI, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Keio University in Japan, Eyebeam Atelier in New York City and Fuji Xerox PARC in Palo Alto.
Presently, Bleecker is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Interactive Media Division and Critical Studies Department of the School of Cinema-TV at the University of Southern California, where he directs research at the Mobile Media Lab, a collaborative research and project design facility run by the Annenberg Center, the School of Cinema-TV and the Interactive Media Division at USC. He has an appointment as a Faculty Researcher at the Annenberg Center’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy at the University of Southern California. He was appointed to sit on the steering committee of the Provost’s Mobile Media Action Group at USC to help encourage and direct the development of Mobile Media research at the University. He also has an appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, within the Design and Technology Division
Bleecker has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in Computer-Human Interaction, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his dissertation is on technology, culture and entertainment.