Ge Wang is an Associate Professor at Stanford University at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), in the Departments of Music and Computer Science. He specializes in artful design — researching programming language and software design for music, interaction design, mobile music, laptop orchestras, aesthetics of technology-mediated design, virtual/augment reality design, and education at the intersection of engineering, art, and design. Ge is the creator of the ChucK music programming language, the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and the CCRMA VR Design Lab, the Co-founder of Smule (reaching over 200 million users), the designer of the iPhone's Ocarina and Magic Piano. Ge is the author of Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime: a comic book about design and technology, art and life (Stanford University Press, September 2018), and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Check out Ge's research group and the courses he teaches. Presently, Ge is working on the artful design of VR, laptop orchestra design and performance, human-AI interaction design, and the liberal education of the PI-Shaped person. He designs critically and writes about design. Read his recent article for the Stanford Human-Centered AI initiative, "Humans in the Loop: The Design of Interactive AI Systems". Instead of asking "how do we build a smarter system?”, artful design contemplates "how do we incorporate useful, meaningful human interaction into the system?”.
Drawing from Artful Design, Ge teaches a critical thinking course about the aesthetics and ethics of design, THINK66: Design That Understands Us, a course about the craft and practical philosophy of expressive software design, Music, Computing, Design: The Art of Design, as well as the Stanford Laptop Orchestra: Coding, Composition, Performance. Ge hosts Artful Design TV, an online series on coding, music, critical making with helpings of history and philosophy. Track Ge down: homepage, twitter, youtube, instagram, medium (Artful Design musings) or, heck, write him a physical letter (660 Lomita Dr., Stanford, CA 94305)