Ben Humberston

I’m a researcher in computer science looking at ways to build responsive, dynamic virtual actors and interactive environments. My primary background is in computer animation and rendering, but I also enjoy tapping into such fields as AI, HCI, psychology, robotics, or the occasional bit of neuroscience. When it comes to the creation of skillful agents and compelling user experiences, it helps to draw from a broad base of knowledge.

Recently, my interests have covered:

  • Character animation and control
  • Virtual environments with multimodal feedback (graphical, haptic)
  • Human sensorimotor control & perception

In the past, I’ve developed both experimental student games while an undergrad at Cornell and industry titles as a software engineer at Electronic Arts.

I am currently a 1st year PhD student in the CS department at Carnegie Mellon University. I previously was a member of the Sensorimotor Systems Lab at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Dinesh Pai, where we investigated the use of haptic feedback to augment the animation of manipulations.

In my free time, I’m most likely to be found absorbed by a sci fi or pop sci book, swimming a lap or two at the local waterhole, or out for a wandering afternoon stroll, contemplating life, the universe, and everything. The latter activity does wonders for cognitive relaxation, though it has yet to produce significant research results.

Research Interests

Character motion, computer graphics, interactive virtual environments, HCI, web & mobile computing.

Contact Info

email: bhumbers (at) cs (dot) cmu (dot) edu
location: GHC 7117, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
phone: 412-268-3074 (but email is your best bet)