Diego S. Maranan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Interactive Art and Design
Human-Computer Interaction
Embodied Cognition
Wearable Technologies


Plymouth University 

Doctor of Philosophy in Art and Media (2017) 

Simon Fraser University 

Master of Arts in Interactive Arts and Technology (2012)

Bachelor of Science in Computing Science with extended minor in Contemporary Dance   (2008)

Research Projects

Bodyshaping the Mind (2014-2017) (Plymouth University): PhD research project resulting in the development of Haplós, a novel wearable system that applies programmable, vibrotactile patterns to the skin for facilitating increased body awareness. www.cognovo.eu/project-8 

Biomodd (2007-2009) (UP Open University): Principal investigator. Art/science collaboration exploring how biological, technological, and social systems can be integrated into a symbiotic hybrid ecosystem. www.biomodd.net

Meaning from Motion (2010-2012) (Simon Fraser University). Research Assistant. Interdisciplinary art/science research collaboration exploring how motion can express meaningful and semantically rich information.

Social Networks & Computer Mediated Interactive Communication Technologies (2008) (Ateneo de Manila University). Research Associate. Investigated web 2.0 and mobile phones on culture, identity and everyday life in the Philippines.

Exploring Hybrid Board/Video Games (2001) (Simon Fraser University). Research Assistant. Examined how tangible interfaces can aid face-to-face interaction in computer game environments.

Authorship of Scholarly/Creative Work for Public Consumption

Loesche, F., Torre, I., Maranan, D. S., & Denham, S. (2017). CogNovo – A Case Study for Cognitive Innovation. Poster presented at the Psychology of Creativity: Building Impact, Skills, & Collaborations, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Maranan, D. S. (2016a, July). Haplós: Designing Technologies for Exploring Somaesthetic Experiences. Poster presented at the Cognition Institute Conference 2016, Plymouth University, UK. http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5086
Maranan, D. S., Haines, A., Fletcher, J., Clarke, S., Jansen, K., Mutuberria, R., & delle Luche, C. (2016, October). HAPLÓS/Bisensorial EXHIBIT: A Speculative, Adaptive, and Wearable Technology for Inducing Mental States Using Touch. Exhibit/public engagement event presented at the Bizarre Bazaar, Plymouth University, UK. http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/8345
Maranan, D. S., Haines, A., Fletcher, J., & Clarke, S. (2016, July). Bisensorial: A brain-computer interface hack using tactile and auditory stimuli. Exhibit presented at the Cognition Institute Conference 2016, Plymouth University, UK. http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5085


Published Work

Maranan, D.S. (2015). Speculative somatics. Technoetic Arts, 13(3), 291-300. http://doi.org/10.1386/tear.13.3.291_1

Conference Proceedings and Paper Presentations