Winslow Burleson

Burleson, WinslowAssistant Professor Winslow Burleson received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab, Affective Computing Group. He joined ASU’s Computer Systems Engineering and the Arts, Media, and Engineering graduate program in 2006.

At MIT he was involved with the Context-Aware Computing Group and the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at the Harvard Business School. He is a National Academies of Science Kavali Fellow and National Science Foundation Panelist. He was a Senior Research Scientist at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories and Research Staff Member at IBM’s Almaden Research Center where he was awarded nine patents. Awarded a Master of Science degree at Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering Product Design Program, he taught brainstorming, creativity, innovation, and visual thinking within that department. Prior work included curriculum development at the SETI Institute, Co-Principal Investigator on the Hubble Space Telescope’s Investigation of Binary Asteroids, and consultant to UNICEF and the World Scout Bureau on Healthy Lifestyles for Youth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bio-Physics from Rice University.


Ph.D., Media Arts and Sciences, M.I.T., 2006
M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering: Product Design, Stanford University, 1997
B.A., Bio-Physics, Rice University, 1995

Research interests

Human-computer interaction applied to creativity and innovation, design engineering, scientific exploration, gaming and educational technology.

Honors and awards

  • 2012 White House Fellow Regional Finalist (Dallas, TX)
  • 2011 White House Fellow Regional Finalist (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2011 UMUAI Journal of Personalization Research, James Chen Annual Best Paper Award
  • 2011 Barrett Honors College Visiting Honors Faculty Fellow
  • 2010 Time Magazine The 50 Best Inventions of 2010: NeoNurture Incubator, Contributor
  • 2009 NAE First Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium Invited Finalist
  • 2009 AI in Education Overall Best Paper Award
  • 2009 AI in Education Overall Best Demo Award
  • 2008 ASU Dean’s recognition as an outstanding Assistant Professor
  • 2007 NSF Affective Learning Companions
  • 2007 NSF Game As Life–Life As Game
  • 2007 JPL SURP

Key activities

  • Editorial Board Reviewer, Leonardo-Transactions, Peer Reviewed Section of the Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, MIT Press.
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.
  • Chair, CHI 2012 Student Game Competition Innovative Interfaces, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012.
  • 2005-2007 Invited participant and member of the program committee for the NAS US-Chinese Frontiers of Science Symposium