Ben Chang

Ben Chang

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ben Chang is a game designer, media artist and educator whose work includes games for learning, virtual reality experiences and interactive installations.  He is Professor of Arts and Director of the interdisciplinary Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program, and director of the Center of Excellence in Digital Gaming at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  His recent work in games research includes an educational game about the process of new drug discovery and development, in collaboration with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital; and the use of virtual reality environments for foreign-language learning, in collaboration with IBM’s Cognitive Computing group.  His installations, performances, and immersive virtual reality environments have been exhibited in numerous venues and festivals worldwide, including the GAME HAPPENS festival in Genoa, Italy; the Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture in Shenzhen, China; the Arts for A Better World fair at Art Basel Miami Beach; the Boston CyberArts Festival; the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery; the FILE International Electronic Language Festival in Sao Paulo, the Athens MediaTerra Festival, Wired NextFest, and the Vancouver New Forms Festival, among others.  He has designed interactive exhibits for museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Field Museum of Natural History.