Rebecca Allen is Director of Nokia Research Center Hollywood and Nokia Research Center Cambridge, US.
Previously she was founding chair and professor of the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts; creative advisor and design manager for the award-winning One Laptop per Child XO laptop; senior research scientist and founding director of the Liminal Devices research group at Media Lab Europe in Dublin, Ireland.
In addition, Allen directed the Emergence Project at UCLA, an Intel funded research effort involving artificial life, 3D virtual environments, augmented reality and unique interfaces. She was Creative Director/Executive Producer and 3D Visionary at video game company Virgin Interactive Entertainment and member of the world-renowned NYIT Computer Graphics Laboratory and MIT's Architecture Machine Group (predecessor of MIT Media Lab). She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Allen has worked extensively in Europe and the US on commissioned artworks that define new forms of art and technology. She has collaborated with artists such as musicians Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbough from Devo, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, film composer Carter Burwell and performing artists Twyla Tharp, Joffrey Ballet and La Fura dels Baus. Her work is exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum in New York and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Rebecca has also designed and directed cutting-edge projects for numerous clients including CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, Time Warner, Island, Mattel, Philips, Nintendo, Seville World Expo ‘92, Apple and DARPA. Awards include an Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Design.