Biography and Contact

Thanassis Rikakis is professor of Bioengineering and professor of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech. His research spans systems design, engineering and arts with a special focus on interactive neurorehabilitation, experiential media, adaptive learning and cyber-human intelligence.  He is the founding director of the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program and director of the Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation. These initiatives focus on adaptive, transdisciplinary and trans-sector life-long learning. He co-leads the Virginia Tech Carilion Smart Rehabilitation Lab and the Interactive Neurorehabilitation Lab.  Both initiatives focus on semi-automated rehabilitation in the clinic and the home.  From 2015 until 2017 Thanassis served as executive vice president and provost at Virginia Tech.  He led the development of transdisciplinary discovery communities (Destination Areas) and a new resource model (Partnership for an Incentive Based Budget) and co-led plans for the expansion of the VTC Health Sciences campus in Roanoke and for cross sector VT initiatives in Northern VA. From 2012 to 2015 he served as vice provost for design arts and technology at Carnegie Mellon University where he founded the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDEATE) network.  He has also served as founding director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University and Associate Director for Research and Development of the Computer Music Center at Columbia University.

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Contact at: rikakis at vt dot edu or through Linkedin