Jen Stein is a design researcher examining the implications of ubiquitous technologies on space and place. Her research and design work explores how the technologies now commonly embedded within the world around us could be used to create more personalized and enchanted experiences for inhabitants. Jen is currently Professor of Design Futures at the University of the West of England and a Resident in the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed in Bristol, England.
Before joining UWE and the Watershed, Jen was Research Faculty in Media Arts + Practice and the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, exploring design for interactive architecture, ambient storytelling, and mobile experiences. She has worked on interactive design projects for BMW, Intel, and the 2011 Shenzhen and Hong Kong Architectural and Urban Design Biennale. Jen completed her PhD in Media Arts and Practice at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, where she combined theory and practice to speculate about near future scenarios for Interactive Architecture, and holds an MA in Media and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London.