Research Scientist II, College of Architecture
Matthew Swarts is a member of the research faculty in the College of Architecture. His formal education in the field of architecture provides him with the design sense needed for the development of custom hardware sensors, interactive systems, and software applications for capturing occupant behavior, testing human spatial perception in 3D virtual environments, running discrete-event and agent-based modeling and simulation, and performing spatial analysis within GIS and BIM. His research focuses on the translation of human behavioral patterns and perceptions within real and virtual environments into computer models and simulations to inform the design decision making process. Mr. Swarts works in the Interactive Media Architecture Group in Education (IMAGINE Lab) in the Center for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) developing models of landscape perception and predictive models of building performance based on social interaction probability. He work in the SimTigrate Design Lab developing sensor technologies for tracking human behavior in healthcare environments to produce simulation models for optimization of the patient experience. In the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), Mr. Swarts leads several software development projects around custom user interfaces designed using universal design principles. He assists in running the Interactive Product Design Lab (IPDL) where Industrial Design and Human Computer Interaction students come to create functional interactive electronic prototypes. Additionally he teaches courses on computer programming for designers in the School of Architecture, and he teaches courses on designing for interaction and interactive environments in the School of Industrial Design. Mr. Swarts is a co-founder of Paracision LLC, which develops workshops and custom software solutions for design firms around parametric modeling and decision making. He is also the co-founder of Mitto Design LLC, a design consultancy firm for all things interactive.