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My name is Diego S. Maranan, and I am an artist, academic, and activist who works in the area of human-technology interaction, specifically around creative practice, movement research, sustainable technology, and digital media installation. As a Gordon Shrum International Scholar at Simon Fraser University, I completed my BSc in Computing Science and Contemporary Dance. My MA research at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology focused on how technological metaphors influence the creative movement practices of urban dancers. I am currently working on my PhD as a Marie Curie fellow with the CogNovo project at Plymouth University, exploring the development of new forms of participatory mobile sound environments and musical instruments based on dynamic interactions within a biologically inspired mobile object-network. I am on leave as a full-time faculty member of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies at UP Open University and an affiliate faculty with the Centre for International Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. I also coordinate educational partnerships, digital media communications, and technology strategies for WeDpro, a feminist non-profit that empowers marginalized women and youth in the Philippines. I am a co-founder of Curiosity, a human-centered research company in Manila that aims to design a more inclusive future by innovating on products and services in ways that are relevant, responsive, and scalable to the Philippines. I divide my time between the Philippines and Canada.

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