Who we are


We are faculty, graduate students and members of the CU community who may be writers, programmers, game designers, artists, scholars, researchers, and educators.  We collaborate in the creation and study of the digital humanities, including electronic literature, interactive digital narratives, immersive simulations, socially transformative, educational, literary, and mainstream games and other forms of new media.  If you’d like to join the EL3 community, drop an email to Judith Pintar: jpintar@illinois.edu.

Lisa Bievenue

bievenue@illinois.edu

Affiliations

Illinois Informatics Institute
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Fields

Community Informatics
Public Health

El3 Research Interests

Digital Inclusion
Programming Literacy
Interdisciplinary Research

Projects

Informatics Program Development

Grant-writing support for EL3

Collaborating with EL3 members on
The Illinois Map Project

Jarai Carter

carter31@illinois.edu

Affiliations

Illinois Informatics Institute

Fields

Agricultural Informatics
Data Visualization

El3 Research Interests

Emerging media in agriculture

Projects

Collaborating with EL3 members on
The Illinois Map Project

Patricia Franke

pfranke@illinois.edu

Affiliations

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Illinois Informatics Institute

Fields

Computational Physics
Electromagnetism
Fluid Dynamics

El3 Research Interests

Active Learning Pedagogies
Robotics
Game Studies

Projects

Robot Dreams, a collaborative project bringing together students of robotics and authors of science fiction.

Collaborating with EL3 members on
The Illinois Map Project

William Gillespie

william@spinelessbooks.com

Affiliations

Illinois Informatics Institute

Fields

Emerging Media
Narrative and Literary Informatics

El3 Research Interests

Text mining and visualization, with an emphasis on narrative texts and structure

Projects

Creating a responsive cloud-driven literary platform of superlative literary quality, with unique reader/text interactive capacities, and a reader interface optimized for legibility, comprehension, retention, and ergonomics.

Creating a growing, multi-leveled, multi-diegetic literary world, incorporating the most addictive aspects of serial fiction (including serial television), narrative development and closure, games, and compelling prose.

Brian Guerrero

guerre10@illinois.edu

Affiliations

School of Education

Fields

Digital Environments in Learning
Teaching Agency

 El3 Research Interests

Mobile Devices and Virtual Reality in adult education

Projects

Collaborating with EL3 members on
The Illinois Map Project

David Hopping

dhopping@illinois.edu

Affiliations

Department of Sociology
Illinois Informatics Institute

Fields

Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Game Studies

El3 Research Interests

Digital Literacy
UX, content and service design
Game design for augmenting capacities

Projects

Collaborating with EL3 members on
The Illinois Map Project

Sharon Irish

slirish@illinois.edu

Affiliations

Center for Digital Inclusion
School of Information Sciences
School of Architecture

Fields

Art and Architectural Histories
Participatory Research and Design
Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Urbanism

EL3 Research Interests

Feminist technologies
Second-order cybernetics and art
digital archiving

Projects

FemTechNet digital archiving

Creating a Scalar book on artist Stephen Willats, with commenting capability using Hypothes.is

Collaborations with Will Patterson on Ghetto Genius Enterprises

Robb Lindgren

robblind@illinois.edu

Affiliations

College of Education
Embodied and Immersive Technologies Group
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Beckman Institute
Illinois Informatics Institute

Fields

Learning Sciences
Technology-Enhanced Learning
STEM Education
Embodiment

EL3 Research Interests

Educational Games
Immersive and Embodied Digital Environments
Digital Literacy Education

Projects

GestuRe-Augmented Simulations for supporting exPlanations (GRASP)

Embodied Learning Augmented through Simulation Theaters for Interacting with Cross-Cutting Concepts in Science (ELASTICS)

Move2Learn

Ethan Madarieta

ermadarieta@gmail.com

Affiliations

Department of Comparative Literature and Latina/o Studies

Fields

Critical Race, Literary, Memory, and Performance Studies
Latin American Dictatorships & U.S. Involvement
Art Actions
Utopology

El3 Research Interests

Virtual and Actual Affinity Spaces
Cybernetics, Closed-Circuit Video and Radical Ethnography

Projects

Not Yet, Now!: Performing Utopian Futures Under Oppressive Regimest

“Juan Downey’s Cybernetic Utopia:  Trans-Spatial Affinities, Energetic Assemblages

Alaina Pincus

apincus2@illinois.edu

Affiliations

Department of English
Grand Challenge Learning Project

Fields

English
Digital Humanitie

El3 Research Interests

Interactive Digital Narrative
Gender and Women’s Studies

Projects

“Interactive Emma”, translation of Jane Austen’s novel into a multi-modal interactive format

Collaborating with EL3 members on
The Illinois Map Project

ABO Public
An interactive forum for Women in the Arts, 1640 – 1830

 

Judith Pintar

jpintar@illinois.edu

Affiliations

Illinois Informatics Institute
School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics
Russian, East-European & Eurasian Center
Department of Sociology

Fields

Game Studies
Cultural Informatics
Public Humanities
Study of Science, Technology and Medicine (STS)

El3 Research Interests

Interactive Fiction
Gaming Pedagogies/Emergent Learning
Collaborative Authoring
Participatory Media

Projects

The Illinois Map Project
Playful by Design IPRH Research Cluster
Robot Dreams Project, with Patricia Franke

Randy Sadler

rsadler@illinois.edu

Affiliations

Department of Linguistics
School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics

Fields

Language Learning
Pedagogy in Virtual Worlds

El3 Research Interests

Language learning in Virtual Worlds
Interactive Digital Narrative
Game Studies

Projects

Computer & Language Learning Reading Group

Collaborating with EL3 members on
The Illinois Map Project

Ted Underwood

tunder@illinois.edu

Affiliations

School of Information Sciences
Department of English

Research Interests

Literary history
Data science
Sociology of literature
History of science

El3 Research Interests

History of Literary Form
Digital Analysis of Literary Language

Projects

Text-Mining the Novel

The Curve of the Literary Horizon (book under contract)

Caleb Wilson

rotifer@gmail.com

Affiliations

Urbana Free Library

El3 Research Interests

Interactive Digital Narrative

Projects

Interactive Fiction Projects in development

Collaborating with EL3 members on
The Illinois Map Project