Curriculum Vitae

Alexander Reben

Work History

  • BlabDroid Inc., Boston MA, Berkeley CA – Jul 2013 – Founder and CEO
  • BlabDroid LLC, Boston MA, Berkeley CA – Apr 2013 – Founder and President
  • Stochastic Labs, Berkeley CA – Jul 2014 – Director of Research and Engineering
  • Emotional Arcade LLC, San Fransisco CA – Jul 2014 – VP Engineering
  • Independent Consulting – Apr 2013 – Product Design, Business Strategy, TV Production
  • Cisco Systems, Boxborough MA – Jun 2010 – Apr 2013 Interaction Design Strategist, CCG CTEO Group. Office of the CTO. Interaction Design and Development, R&D for Communications and Collaboration
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA – Sep 2008 – May 2010 Research Assistant
  • NASA Ames, Moffett Field CA, Jun 2007 – Sep 2007. Intelligent Robotics Group: GigaPan, Robotics Academy Team Lead

Education

  •  Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Master of Science in Media Arts & Sciences (The Media Laboratory), 2010.
  •  State University of New York, Stony Brook. Bachelor of Science in Applied Math. Cum Laude, 2008.

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2015

  • “Engineering Psychology”, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles CA.

Selected Group Shows

2017

  • Hello Robot, Design Museum Ghent, Ghent Belgium.
  • Hello Robot, MAK Museum, Vienna Austria.
  • Hierophant, Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest Romania.
  • The Basilisk, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles CA.
  • Hello Robot, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein Germany.

2016

  • IDFA, Amsterdam Netherlands.
  • WIRED 2016 UK, London England.
  • Camden Film Festival, Camden ME.
  • Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA.
  • Cineglobe, CERN, Geneva Switzerland.

2015

  • Happy Machine, Ottawa Maker Faire, Ottawa Canada.
  • LAST festival, Stanford University, Stanford CA.
  • SPEIF, Special Project Space, San Jose CA.

2014

  • “Pulse Machine”, COllISION, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston MA. (In collaboration with Alicia Eggert)
  • “Robots in Residence”, Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen CO.
  • “Phone Face Photo”, TFI Interactive, Tribeca Film Festival, New York NY.
  • New Works, Culture Shock Project Space, Volta NY.

2013

  •  “Robots in Residence”, 1MSQFT, Miami FL.
  •  “Robots in Residence”, Sheffield Doc / Fest, Sheffield England.
  •  “Robots in Residence”, Nordisk Panorama, Malmo Sweden.
  •  “Robots in Residence”, Storyscapes at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York NY.

2012

  • “Presence”, COLLISION18:Present, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Jamaica Plain MA.
  • “Robots in Residence”. International Documentary Film Festival. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2011

  •  “Acquired Knowledge”. ArtBots. Ghent, Belgium.
  •  “Solar absurdities”,  You Are My Sunshine: Axiom At Bumpkin Island Closing, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Jamaica Plain MA.
  •  “Solar absurdities”, Bumpkin Island Art Encampment. Bumpkin Island, Boston MA.
  •  “NO(0)JEWELS UNADJUSTED” IDENTITY ELEMENT: WORKS FROM THE NEW AXIOM GROUP. Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Jamaica Plain MA.
  • “Ubiquitous Sensor Network Navigator” Defy Gravity. MIT Media Lab, Cambridge MA.

2009

  • “Ubiquitous Sensor Network Navigator” ARS Electronica Festival. ARS Electronica, Linz Austria.
  • “School of The Streets” Photography Exhibit. MIT Weisner Gallery, Cambridge MA.

2008

  • “James Chimpton” Whitney Biennial. The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY. (Part of Neighborhood Public Radio(NPR) group).
  • “Edible Excess” EYEBEAM. EYEBEAM Art + Technology Center, New York NY.
  • “Suspect Device” URECA Exhibition. SAC Gallery, Stony Brook NY.
  • “A Break” LICA Long Island College Art Competition. SAC Gallery, Stony Brook NY.

Speaking / Appearances

2017

  • “Ethics and Artificial Intelligence”, CIIS university, San Francisco CA.
  • “Judah vs. The Machines”, Digital web series.

2016

  • “Emotional Arcade Live”, IDFA, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • “From cute droids to robots that stab you, it’s time to get personal with machines”, WIRED UK, London, England.
  • “The Implications of Artificial Intelligence”, Chicago Ideas Week, Chicago IL.
  • “Internet of Things and Memory”, Camden Film Festival, Camden ME.
  • LASER art lecture, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA.
  • Guest lecturer, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA.
  • “Philosophy and The Future of Technology”, Stanford University, Melno Park CA.
  • “Art and Social robotics”, Guest lecturer, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
  • “How Robots Mess With Our Minds”, MIT Club of Southwest Florida, Naples FL.

2015

  • “Homo Digitalis”, LAST Festival, Stanford University, Stanford CA.
  • “The BlabDroid robots”, Global Technology Symposium, San Mateo, CA.
  • “The Rise of the Social Robot”, Panel – SXSW, Austin TX.

2014

  • “Human-Machine Empathy”, Guest lecturer, UC Berkeley Philosophy Department, Berkeley CA.
  • “Film making Robots and Human-Machine Relationships”, Dorkbot, San Francisco CA.
  • “Robotic Art”, Guest lecturer, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA.
  • “BlabDroids”, Engadget Expand, New York NY.
  • “Drones, Phones, and Robotic Friends-Where Is Emergent Technology Taking Us?”, Panel – Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen CO.
  • “Big Ideas”, Opening session Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen CO.
  • “The Needy Robot and Our Relationship with Emotional Machines”, TTI Vanguard, Boston MA.
  • “Social Robotics – Interaction and Design”, Robo Forum, Moscow Russia.
  • “Igniters: BlabDroid”, NBC and SyFy, Las Vegas NV.
  • “Will Robots Take Over The World?”, HuffPost Live, Internet.

2013

  • “BlabDroids — Self-Learning Social Cloud Robots”, TEDx, Boston MA.
  • “BlabDroids — Self-Learning Social Cloud Robots”, Google Solve for X, Boston MA.
  •  “Control your legal landscape”, Robo Business conference panel, San Jose CA.
  • “Transmedia and robot filmmaking, Doc/Tech”, Points North at Camden Film Festival, Camden MA.
  • “BlabDroids around the world”, Nordisk Panorama, Malmo Sweden.
  • “Transmedia and technology”, Transmedia Meet Up, Malmo Sweden.
  • “BlabDroids, art as research”, Ignite at FOO, Sebastopol CA.
  • “Robots in Residence”, Sheffield Doc / Fest, Sheffield England.
  • “Robots as journalists”, Columbia Journalism School, New York NY.
  • “Emotionally Evocative Robots”, Thinking Digital, Gateshead England.
  • “Interactive Technology in Media”, Media Future, Dun Laoghaire Ireland.
  • “Robots in Residence”, Storyscapes panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York NY.

2012

  • “Robots in Residence, screening and theory ”, DocLab at IDFA, Amsterdam Netherlands.
  • “Boxie, The Story Gathering Robot”, Ignite Boston, Boston MA.

Fellowships / Appointments / Memberships

  • 2015 – 2017, UC Berkeley Psychology Visiting Scholar.
  • 2016 WIRED Innovation Fellow.
  • 2013 – 2014, MIT CMS DocLab Fellow.
  • 2010, MIT Art Scholar.
  • 2009 – 2010, MIT Center for Future Storytelling Fellow.
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
  • Golden Key International Honor Society.

Publications

  • Pao S., Reben A., Larson K., (2012) “FlickInk: bridging the physical and digital for creative work” SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 Emerging Technologies
  • Pao S., Mota S., Chung K., Reben A., (2012) A need-driven design approach: addressing latent needs in collaboration rooted in early childhood CSCW 2012 Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • Reben A., Paradiso J., (2011) A mobile interactive robot for gathering structured social video. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM international conference on Multimedia (MM ’11)
  • Pao S., Reben A., Rayes A. (2011) MoSS: Mobile Smart Services for ubiquitous network management IEEE Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS)
  • Reben, A., Laibowitz, M., Paradiso, J. (2009) Responsive Music Interfaces for Performance. NIME Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.
  • Wainer, J., Reben, A., Sudano, M., Dang, S., Et. Al., Mark León, (2007) Guidelines for a Lunar Student Satellite Solution (LSSS) NASA Internal.
  • Reben A., (2004) Laser Electron Facility Sample Changer. DOE Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Teaching / Mentorship

  • 2014, Business and design mentor, Stochastic Labs
  • 2011, Instructor for MIT semester class: Interactive Technology Design
  • 2010, Instructor for MIT semester class: PATD Promoting Art Through Design.
  • 2009 – 2010, MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) advisor.
  • 2008 Mentor for the WISE (Women In Science and Engineering) program.
  • Mentor and volunteer for high school students through the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition (6 years).