Ali was born in Isfahan, Iran, and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition and computer music from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley. Between 2007 and 2011, Ali was an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni next served as an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University where he founded and directed CMU ArtFab (an art-and-tech design and fabrication lab). He was also a founding faculty member in CMU’s IDEATE program (an undergraduate art-design-engineering program), and contributed to the Music Technology masters program. In 2018, Ali joined Shield AI as a Senior Principal Scientist focused on User Experience, and Brown University as a Professor of Practice within the Brown Arts Initiative and Data Science Initiative. Ali is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley. In addition to his work in industry and his academic research and teaching, Ali is also co-founder of IRL Labs, an educational technology start-up focused on transforming everyday situations into interactive learning opportunities using everyday technologies. His research interests include human-machine-interaction and interactive tools for music-making, storytelling and experiential learning.
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