Alvaro Cassinelli was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1972. In 1990 he obtained both French and Uruguayan Bachelor degree, and a grant to pursue his studies in France. In 1996 he obtained a Graduate Engineering diploma from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (now Télécom ParisTech). He completed the same year a Doctoral Qualifying Degree (DEA) in physics (laser and matter interaction) from the University of Paris-XI/ENST/EcolePolytechnique. In 2000 he received a Ph.D degree from the University of Paris-XI Orsay. From 2001 to 2015 he was Research Fellow, Research Assistant and since 2006, Assistant Professor and leader of the Meta-Perception group at the Ishikawa-Watanabe Laboratory, Department of Information Physics and Computing, University of Tokyo. He is RCAST Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo, as well as Director R&D at SinergiaTech, the first FabLab in Uruguay. His research interests include fundamental aspects of computing as well as optical telecommunications, artificial vision systems, robotics, and more recently human-machine interfaces using state-of-the-art optical technology. In parallel, he enjoys applying the results of this research to his more personal works as a Media Artist, and has been awarded several prizes in this field, including an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica (2006), the Grand Prize [Art Division] at the 9th Japan Media Art Festival (2006), an Excellence Prize [Entertainment Division] at the 13th Japan Media Art Festival (2009), the Jury Grand Prize at Laval Virtual (2011) and the Digital Content Expo Prize at SIGGRAPH 2016.

Visiting Researcher
RCAST Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology), University of Tokyo
Montevideo, Uruguay
Focus area: 3D, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Computer Science, Code, Data, Fabrication, Maker Art, Illustration, Painting, 2D Forms, Generative Practices, Generative Art, Physics, Medicine, Wellness, Heath, Wearables, Electronics, Connected self, Telepresence