Thecla Schiphorst

Thecla Schiphorst is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her background in dance and computing form the basis for her research in embodied interaction, focusing on movement knowledge representation, tangible and wearable technologies, media and digital art, and the aesthetics of interaction. Her research goal is to expand the practical application of embodied theory within Human Computer Interaction. She is a member of the original design team that developed Life Forms, the computer compositional tool for choreography, and collaborated with Merce Cunningham from 1990 to 2005 supporting his creation of new dance with the computer. Thecla has an Interdisciplinary MA under special arrangements in Computing Science and Dance from Simon Fraser University (1993), and a Ph.D. (2008) from the School of Computing at the University of Plymouth.


Position: Associate Professor


A Framework for Hybrid Multimodal Performances
Conference Proceedings: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, British Computer Society, July 2017
pp. 159-166, DOI:

S. Cuykendall, P. Sun, R. Muntean, T. Schiphorst, S. DiPaola

London, UK

British Computer Society

If Words Could Dance: Moving from Body to Data through Kinesthetic Evaluation
Conference Proceedings: ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, June 2016
pp. 234-238, doi: 10.1145/2901790.2901822.

S. Cuykendall, E. Soutar-Rau, T. Schiphorst, S. DiPaola

Brisbane, QLD, Australia


m+m: A novel Middleware for Distributed, Movement based Interactive Multimedia Systems
Conference Proceedings: 3rd International Symposium on Movement and Computing, July 2016
Article No. 21

U. Bernardet, . , J. Phillips, D. Adhia, M. Nixon, S. DiPaola, T. Schiphorst, N. Jaffe, O. Alemi, P. Pasquier

Thessaloniki, GA, Greece


Movement Awareness through Emotion Based Aesthetic Visualisation
Conference Proceedings: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, British Computer Society, July 2016

S. DiPaola, S. Salevati, K. Carlson, T. Schiphorst

London, UK

British Computer Society

Moving Collaborations: A Critical Inquiry Into Designing Creative Interactive Systems for Choreography
Journal Article: EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, 2016
Volume 3, Number 6

K. Carlson, T. Schiphorst, S. DiPaola

Collaborative Choreography: A Critical Inquiry into Designing Creative Interactive Systems
Journal Article: Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, 2014
pp. 46-56, 2014

K. Carlson, T. Schiphorst, S. DiPaola

Springer Lecture Notes Book

The Tacit and the Trace: Towards Syntax Of The Creative Act
Conference Proceedings: Conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language, 2012

S. Choi, S. DiPaola, T. Schiphorst