Roland Graf is a co-founder of the artist collective Assocreation and Associate Professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where he has started several art & technology research initiatives including Daylight Media Lab, a collaboration with material scientists and engineers exploring sunlight as a medium for interactive outdoor media systems; Internet of Shoes (IoS), a sensory networking platform for street-level interactions in collaboration with embedded systems research; and, in collaboration with computer engineers, iGYM, an inclusive augmented reality system designed to provide co-located play and exercise opportunities for people with different abilities.
Graf works as a media artist, design researcher, architect, and inventor. He collaborates across many disciplines to design and study novel interfaces that inspire ludic behavior and reframe the body and interactivity in the built environment. Over the past 20 years, his work has been exhibited internationally and published in academic conferences such as CHI and CHI Play. It has received awards, patents, and recognition in fields ranging from interactive art, design, to human-computer interaction including Excellence Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival for the street video game Solar Pink Pong, Prix Ars Electronica Distinction for the interactive sidewalk Bump, and Winner of the Play Everywhere Challenge with the urban intervention Brightmoor Runway.