<== My work explores (usually by building things) how emerging technologies can serve expressive and social goals.

I’m interested in enabling and creating new relationships among media, performer, audience, and the built environment.

Currently, I am Professor In-Residence in the Department of Theater and Associate Dean for Technology and Innovation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT).

At TFT, I helped to start and still co-direct REMAP, the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance, a collaboration with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science that explores new enriching cultural forms and empowering social situations enabled by the thoughtful interweaving of engineering, the arts and community development.

From 2006-12, I was area lead for participatory and urban sensing at the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), where I learned a lot about multi-disciplinary collaboration in large scale research efforts.

Currently, I co-lead in a few major technology research programs:

In addition to my own research, over the past few years I have produced a number of special projects for TFT, including:

  • WATERSCHOOL, a feature-length documentary shot by our students in six countries, now available on Netflix.
  • DISTANT VISION, Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental live cinema workshop at UCLA, involving over 200 students, staff, faculty, and professionals.
  • The UCLA TFT / UCLA Storytelling Institute in Cannes, a new resident screenwriting program in Cannes supported by Vivendi/Canal+.


UCLA Optimist profile.

Vita (pdf).

Email: jburke at ucla dot edu.

Twitter: @_jeffburke, @uclaremap, @openptrack.

Video: See UCLA REMAP on Vimeo.

Office: 202 East Melnitz Hall, UCLA.