Arnav Jhala is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence and digital media, particularly in the areas of computer games, cinematic communication, and narrative discourse. Arnav has developed computational models of film idioms and algorithms for automatically generating cinematic discourse. He heads the Computational Cinematics Studio at UC Santa Cruz. Arnav came to Santa Cruz from IT University of Copenhagen, where he was an assistant professor in the Center for Computer Games Research. He has interned at University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies where he was part of the Leaders project, applying Hollywood storytelling techniques to the design of story-based training applications with branching storylines. He also spent a summer working on the America's Army: Adaptive Thinking and Leadership game at Virtual Heroes, Inc., a leading serious games developer. Prior to graduate school, he spent a year at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in the Space Applications Center working on his undergraduate senior project. Arnav holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the North Carolina State University (2004, 2009). He received his B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University (2001).
"Only one of those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have four million human beings all jostling each other within the space of a few square miles. Amid the action and reaction of so dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events may be expected to take place, and many a little problem will be presented which may be striking and bizarre without being criminal." - Sherlock Holmes (The Blue Carbuncle, 1892 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)