My work focuses on knowledge systems and simulations. I develop my own software for simulations to explore nature, reality and imagination.

Rama Karl Hoetzlein

Adjunct II Professor | California College of the Arts, San Francisco


Curriculum Vitae:

RAMA KARL HOETZLEIN is a computer scientist and media artist. His early work examined robotic and mechanical sculpture, completing a dual-degree in Fine Arts (BFA) and Computer Science (BA) from Cornell University in 2001. From 2001 to 2004, Rama co-founded the Game Design Initiative at Cornell University with David Schwartz. His masters work at the Media Arts and Technology program with University of California Santa Barbara considered the development of novel semantic databases, Quanta, to explore representations of interdisciplinary knowledge. From 2007 to 2010 he was co-director in the Digital Humanities with Alan Liu to develop a novel social network (RoSE) for living and historic persons. In 2007, his dissertation focused on Procedural Art and issues of creative freedom in media arts. Rama has exhibited works internationally in Beijing, Genève, Seattle, New York and Copenhagen. In 2011 he was Professor of Computer Graphics at the Mediology, Department of Architecture and Media Technology (Medialogy) at Aalborg University, Copenhagen. From 2013 to 2019, Hoetzlein was a Senior Engineer with NVIDIA Corporation and the Lead Architect of GVDB Voxels, an open source framework for volumetric data in motion pictures, additive manufacturing and scientific visualization. From 2019 to 2023, Dr. Hoetzlein was Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University, co-founder of the new Digital Media Design major, and Director of the Interaction Research Lab. Hoetzlein is currently a part-time instructor at the California College of the Arts and the founder of Quanta Sciences, a tech startup focused on knowledge systems and visualization.