Algorithmic Trading in the Iowa Electronic Markets
In 2008 I built a fully automated computer program that could make (real) money on its own by trading securities in a small market called the Iowa Electronic Markets. The securities were linked to 2008 Presidential election. In 2012 I published a research paper explaining the results and details about how the system worked.
Processing is a Java application popular with artists and creative technologists like myself. Processing allows users to build extensions to expand the application's features and to share those tools with the community. I built one such extension called Camera3D. My code enables users to employ various 3D algorithms with ordinary P3D processing sketches to provide viewers with an illusion of depth. The collection of techniques include anaglyphs (think red-cyan glasses), 360 Video, tools for creating content for 3D TVs, and split depth optical illusions.
I created another Processing library called ColorBlindness. This is a stripped-down fork of the Camera3D code that provides tools for simulating color blindness and performing daltonization. Included are some educational color blindness utilities to help users explore color disabilities. My library also comes with tools for picking colors that would be confusing to a color blind person. With a little bit of thought, one can use these to create something that I call "pseudoisochromatic art," or art that can only be properly experienced by a color blind person.
A data representation project using live or recorded mouse and keyboard activity. Characteristics such as mouse position and keystrokes are manifested as colored lines and shapes. The background of my computer is created in real-time in response to user input. When I turn on my computer the background is black, but it quickly evolves into a unique visualization depicting my interaction with the computer.
Connect the Dots
I have an odd fascination with connect the dots puzzles. I have designed a bunch of these over the years and have used them for the front cover of my holiday cards and the back of my personal cards. I think they are a great way to engage people in a creative manner using something that people don't usually pay much attention to.