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Dimitri Darras

Alumni, Class of 2006

Dimitri Darras graduated from ITP in 2006 where he learned to think critically about technology, which meant accepting success and failure alike and learning from the latter.

Prior to ITP, he built web sites for language learning, consumer electronics, small businesses, and asset management , including the first ever digital photography web site for Panasonic in 1997.

He is currently the Manager, Web Operations at the AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants) and prior to that was a Front-end Web Developer working on the smokefree.gov sites for MMG, a healthcare communications firm, and the National Institutes of Health.

Dimitri holds a BA from Oberlin College in Comparative French and German Literature with a foundation in micro and macro economics and international relations. He is a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), and former CUNY-LGCC and SUNY-WCC Adjunct Professor (Game Design, Multimedia Development, Web Design). As an aspiring writer, he is passionate about creative writing and the intersection of language, semantics, and technology.

ITP Projects:

Dynamic Web Development
Multimodal Web Page Navigation with VoiceXML and AJAX

Code & Me
Painting Tool - Processing
Painting with Voice - Processing/MySQL/PHP/VoiceXML

Physical Computing
Electric Weathervane (w. C. Chen)
Interactive Punching Bag (w. W. Koss)

Interactive Storytelling
The Snoopy Doll

Ubiquitous Computing
VintageFinder - a Wine Ratings & Location Tool

Interactive 3D
Virtools/Maya Cityscape Fly-through
Multimodal Navigation of 3D spaces with DTML/VoiceXML

Linear CG Animation - MAYA Caustics
Vodka/Vermouth

Thesis- Ithaca

A visual representation of connectivity using a cell phone/VoiceXML as a controller for a 3D virtual environment. Tools included Dassault Systems virtual reality software Virtools, Virtools Scripting Language (VSL), PHP, Perl, MySQL, and VoiceXML as well as 3D sprites, particle systems, and animation. Video archive of the project was featured at DUMBO artist’s loft in Brooklyn, NY. Underlying mechanism and scripts for the controller were shared with ITP for project usage.