JoAnn Kuchera-Morin

Director, Allosphere Research Facility, California Nanosystems I, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA, United States

About JoAnn


Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is a composer, Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music, and a researcher in multi-modal media systems, content and facilities design. She created, built, and designed the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology and is the Center Director since its inception in 1986. Her years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California, the Digital Media Innovation Program. She was Chief Scientist of the Program from 1998 to 2003. In 1999 she, along with her colleagues, established the Graduate Program in Media Arts and Technology and served as Chair of the Program from 1999 to 2005. In 2000 she began the creation, design, and development of a Digital Media Center within the California Nanosystems Institute. The culmination of her design is the Allosphere Research Laboratory, a three-story metal sphere inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets. She serves as Director of the Allosphere Research Laboratory and Center.
A composer of mixed media works, she received her Ph.D. in 1984 from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Her current music research is focusing on a general-purpose interface for control of digital information through natural performance gesture, and N-dimensional mapping of the time dependent Schrodinger equation as applied to quantum dots, in order to create a quantum visual/aural symphony. A composer of primarily electro-acoustic works, her music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

TED Conference


An idea worth spreading

Artists, scientists and engineers working together in research teams to uncover new science and art, redefining who we are as immortal beings and the way we use technology for research, production and new discovery.

I'm passionate about

The intersection of arts, science and engineering and the importance of the artist/composer as scientist, working with scientists in mapping N-dimensional equations for new scientific discovery.

My TED story

I am excited about the opportunity to speak to the TED community about a research community of artists, scientists and engineers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who have been working together for the past 24 years in order to uncover new scientific and artistic discoveries leading to quantum entanglement. We have built one of the largest scientific and artistic instruments in the world, the AlloSphere Research Facility, a 3-story sphere in an echo free chamber, that functions as one of the largest dynamically varying digital microscopes in the world, connected to a super computer for atomic, particle and wave research, a virtual super- collider! The research we are currently embarking on is bringing top minds together in these three disciplines for new artistic and scientific discoveries.