Thanassis Rikakis is an academic administrator and innovator as well as a transdisciplinary researcher. His research spans design, arts and technology with a special focus on applications in interactive neurorehabilitation. From 2015 until 2017 he served as executive vice president and provost at Virginia Tech. He led a number of new initiatives including cross university transdisciplinary discovery communities (destination areas) and a new resource model (Partnership for an Incentive Based Budget). 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. From 2001 to 2012 he was founding director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. From 1995 to 2001 he served as Associate Director for Research and Development of the Computer Music Center at Columbia University. He is currently the Presidential Fellow for Academic Innovation, Professor of Bioengineering, and Professor of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech.