Nathan Prestopnik

Nathan Prestopnik

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
Faculty, Emerging Media Degree
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Human-Computer Interaction, Emerging Media, Interactive Design, Game Design
Phone:(607) 274-3602
E-mail:nprestopnik@ithaca.edu
Office:401C Williams Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

I'm a human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher with an interest in games with a purpose, information visualization, and user experience design. Most of my work follows a "design science" approach where I conceptualize, design, build, and evaluate systems (like video games or visualization tools) with research goals in mind.

Current Projects

  • Arena: An RPG game where players learn Spanish while adventuring through a harrowing sci-fi world.
  • Citizen Sort: Games where players classify plants, animals, and insects for biologists. A collaboration with researchers at Syracuse University and the Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing. (www.citizensort.org)
  • TEMPO: Educational visualization of the battle of Midway (1942). (www.imperialsolutions.com/tempo)

Research and Creative Interests

  • Games, Game Design, and Games With a Purpose
  • Virtual Worlds, Presence, and Play
  • Interactive, Mixed-Media, and Linear Storytelling
  • 3D Computer Art and Technology
  • Interface Design and the User Experience

Teaching Specializations

  • Game Design and Development
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Art and Graphics (2D/3D)
  • Emerging Media

Education

  • Ph.D. in Information Science & Technology, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University (2013)
  • M.Phil. in Information Science & Technology, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University (2012)
  • M.S. in New Media, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University (2006)
  • B.A. in American History, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University (2001)
  • B.A. in TV-Radio-Film Production, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University (2001)

Career

  • Web Administrator at Morrisville State College (2006-2009)
  • UX, Web, & Interactive Designer (various companies) in Los Angeles, CA and Clifton Park, NY (2001-2005)
  • Freelance design and consulting (2001-present)

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