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  James Patten: Biography

James Patten is an interaction designer, inventor and visual artist working at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds. Patten is a TED fellow and has exhibited or performed in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Transmediale festival in Berlin, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, the Museo d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria and the Instituto Tomie Othake in Sao Paulo. Patten's work has been recognized in several international design competitions including the International Design Magazine's Annual Design Review, and the Industrial Design Excellence Awards.

Patten earned his doctorate at the MIT Media Lab where he studied in the Tangible Media Group under Hiroshi Ishii. During his time at the Media Lab, Patten developed a series of interactive tables for a diverse set of applications. Prior to the Media Lab, Patten studied virtual environments with Randy Pausch at the University of Virginia, and developed new interfaces for visualizing time-varying volumetric data at NASA Langley Research Center.