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.