Jas Brooks is a graduate student at the University of Chicago pursuing a Computer Science PhD, under the guidance of Assistant Professor Pedro Lopes, and a lecturer in the Department of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science.
Their technical research interests lie in developing novel devices that directly interface with our senses of smell and taste. Jas's research is funded by an NSF GRFP Fellowship. They previously worked in the Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, developing immersive scientific visualizations primarily in collaboration with Assistant Professor Bobby Kasthuri's lab.
Their artwork deals with themes of technological injustice, sexuality and gender, and the amplification of emotional and aesthetic experiences by technology, chiefly employing a combination of taste, smell, and immersive environments.