Memory Palaces
Computing and History in The Built Environment - Instructor
with Kevin Hamilton
"Everyone's talking about space. The last ten years or more has seen a "spatial turn" in the arts, humanities and social sciences, with research turning to examine the utilization of space in the production and reception of self and society. At the same time, networks and mobile technology have made possible some of the dreams of "pervasive computing" in Computer Science and Engineering. When computing can happen anywhere, the metaphorical space of the network becomes real, and design of user experiences has to consider factors once limited to architectural design."

Public and Virtual Social Spaces - Instructor
with Roy Campbell, Jonathan Fineberg, Karrie Karahalios
Small interdisciplinary teams develop applied projects that engage with specific sites, and address sociability and physical experience in those spaces. Using techniques and materials from the disciplines represented, students explore the potential impact that technological and artistic mediation can have on spaces and in the
minds of the people who occupy them. An emphasis is placed on how the understanding of spaces can change when a site-specific solution (sculpture, new media installation, computer based projected visuals) is introduced… opening the spaces to new forms of physical exploration and promoting change in patterns of social behavior.

Mobile Mapping for Everyday Spaces - Instructor
with Kevin Hamilton, M. Simon Levin, Laurie Long
Through an investigation of walking, this course will develop a suite of devices and programs for the mapping and recording of everyday spaces. Using simple sensors, reverse-engineered consumer products, open-source mapping resources, and location-aware devices, we'll discover new and meaningful ways of capturing and sharing the rich data of our everyday walking patterns through neighborhoods, campuses, streets, cities and trails. An emphasis will be on how the collection of ambulatory and locative data can offer programmatic ways to shape social and personal identity.

Metropolitan Museum of Art


University of Illinois
Human Factors,
Library, Information ScienceMath, and Computer Science

pdadamcz (at) uiuc.edu
pdadamczyk (at) google.com

Research Interests
Attention, Cognition,
Collaboration, Creativity

Ongoing Work
Publications / Activities
Exhibitions / Press