Steve DiPaola is an Artist, Scientist and Associate Professor at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT), SFU, Surrey, BC, CA. As Director of the I-Viz Lab his research combines computer system design, with a cognitive approach to modeling social, cognitive and biological behavior. DiPaola arrived at SIAT from Stanford University and before that spent 10 years as a senior researcher at NYIT Computer Graphics Lab, an early pioneering lab in high-end 3D techniques. He has held senior positions at Electronic Arts and Saatchi & Saatchi Innovation and has consulted for HP, Kodak, Macromedia and the Institute for the Future. His artwork has been exhibited internationally including the A.I.R. and Tibor de Nagy galleries in NYC as well as the Whitney Museum of Art, and the IBM Gallery of Science and Art. He co-curated the first computer art show in a major NYC gallery in 1988. See his portfolio and research site for additional information.

Steve DiPaola, Professor
School of Interactive Arts & Technology, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, Canada
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The original Evolving Darwin's Gaze computer program was written in Java by the artist and is based on the work and code of Laurence Ashmore and Julian Miller who pioneered Cartesian Genetic Programming that allows for such techniques as genetic drift and is well suited for visual work.

The creativity theory aspect of the work was also co-formed by DiPaola's academic collaborator Liane Gabora. See the published papers section for additional information.

Curator Victoria Moulder project managed this project and its many aspects.

DiPaola's graduate student (in evolved creativity research) Nathan Sorenson, wrote the Java Applet on this site, based on the original code.

Josh Tanenbaum and Brian Quan worked with the artist to implement the DVD and website respectively. Poster and layout work was co-designed by Angela Tomizu.