Photo credits: 1. Teaching in Singapore (Henry Duh) 2. Biking to St.Javier's Mission, Baja (Jorge Salas) 3. Contemplating the Truckee River (Irma Campbell) 4. Above Lake Tahoe (Irma Campbell) 5. Visiting Windsor, Ontario (Bruce Donald Campbell)


I am an information and computer scientist, bridging the gap with art and design to bring the full potential of simulation, visualization, and
computer-mediated communications to an augmented human mind for better understanding of a mindful life interconnected with nature.


virtual scalable basin

Software to model a watershed basin for 26 key basin attributes (soil moisture, river channel flow per second, water table, etc.) using the OpenMI platform to virtualize the process based on the DHSVM and VIC hydrology models.

watershed-to-ocean visualization

Software developed for use by zoos and aquariums for community-based collective action focused on ocean conservation.

rimsim: response

Software developed for use by emergency first responders to gain a broader situation awareness through evolving visualization skills.

cyberarts mixed media plants

Software to demonstrate plant mating and development through 3-D models as shown at the Boston Cyberarts festival in 2001 - based on the ARToolkit, X3D, and an L-System engine.

evolution technology grid

Software aiming to create a simulation, the "EvoGrid", utilizing a large interconnected grid of computers which could plausibly model the pre-biotic chemical environment which was the precursor stage to evolution and life arising on Earth.


active sites

  • RI Blueways Alliance: ExploreRI has information on fresh and saltwater paddling in Rhode Island and the Narragansett Bay watershed
  • The Ocean Project: Advancing Ocean Conservation in Partnership with Zoos, Aquarium, and Museums Around the World
  • Watersheds Project: Providing Visual Literacy and Social Media for Empowering Personal Action in the Local Watershed
  • Friends of the Moshassuck: A Local Watershed Initiative for Residents of Providence and North Providence
  • Community Learning Partnership: A Non-Profit Group Empowering Under-served Communities to Serve Themselves Through Education and Organization
  • Center for Environmental Visualization: A University of Washington Facility for Environmental Imagery and Web Presentation
  • Seeyond: Creating differentiated spaces with user-driven parametric design systems
  • Disc Golf Musings: Tracking the experience of an addictive new hobby


less active sites

  • Seattle HIT Lab: Increased Bandwith to the Brain for Connecting Minds in Cyberspace
  • Virtual Cities: A Blog on the Value of a Shared, Online, 3-D City
  • Me To The Sea: Investigating the Path to the Sea from My Location on Earth
  • OWorld: Connecting 3-D Cyberspace
  • ArtStar: The Keith Tabellione On-Line Artist Community




As of July 15, 2014, I am a co-editor of a new Arts on Graphics department of Computer Graphics & Applications magazine. Please help co-editors Francesca Samsel and I find the best articles with which to perform our editor duties.



On April 26, 2014, I attended the fabulous Investing in a Sustainable Future program at MIT. A daylong get together of economists and environmental scientists to discuss where their bodies of knowledge should overlap: advising conservation for a functional planet through sustainable processes (investment markets being one of the bigger ones). Fantastic case studies on Chinese apple orchard pollination and Sudd Marsh in South Sudan.



During Roger Williams Park and Zoo's annual Party for the Planet during April 21-25 2014, I spent time with Providence and Boston area families discussing their actions and the state of the ocean. Nothing feels more immediately impactful than talking to your greater neighborhood on global affairs and their place in them. I had three wonderful interns with me this year so we broke new records for effectiveness.



During February 18-21, 2014, I joined a review panel to advise the iUtah program on possible improvements to their second-year initiative. Working with four other colleagues who came into the state for the review with different academic backgrounds, we listened to two days of presentations and a day of critique.



During Oct-Dec 2013, I buried my head into creating a portfolio of some of the work I've done since 1996 — while staying local in Providence, RI. Not too many people want to read a book that hasn't already been recommended by Oprah or the New York Times — that's quite an investment of time. Hopefully, they'll play with an interactive portfolio where each example will be worth hundreds of thousands of words. The process is quite enjoyable as I get to revisit aging C, C++, and Java code and port it over to the exciting realm of HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.



On September 20th, 2013 I visited the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition labs at the University of Maryland. The institute had recently increased their staff of PhD researchers from two to six and had increased their world reach thanks to the momentum of changes to the Health Maintenance Act in DC. The labs were full of visitors from all over our lovely planet — learning testing methods and food safety requirements should their food products be exported to the USA. I was especially pleased to see water testing labs similar to those I worked near at the University of Washington. I was also enthused that the ten information technologists supporting the lab were interested in data visualization methods. Great day of discussions and perspective.



During May-August 2013, I buried my head into writing a new book, The Simulaton Life, while staying local in Providence, RI. The book should motivate others to understand my passion for simulation as understanding and hopefully find new collaborators willing to put serious effort into that endeavor.