Al Biles (aka John A. Biles)

Al Biles Pic Professor
School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM)
Faculty Affiliate with MAGIC
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Golisano Building, Bldg 70 - Room 2559
102 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603 USA

Email: jabics@rit.edu
Phone: (585)475-4149 (Not there much. Email is better.)
Fax: (585)475-7680 (Might get to me. Email is better.)
Office: Golisano Building, 70-2559
Fall Office Hours: MWF 12:30-1:30
Photo taken by Joe Hornak at Jazz Zone, Lima, Peru


How to get to me

The best way to contact me is via email. If I'm in my office and the phone rings, I'll answer it, but I get so few phone calls that I seldom check for messages. I definitely will be in my office during office hours, but I'm around at other times as well. If I'm in my office with the door open, I'm fair game.

Research Interests

Classes (Fall, 2016)

Out on the Web

A note on style

You may have noticed that this Web site reflects a minimalist, almost retro style with respect to the level of technology that is employed. This is a conscious decision reflecting the author's design philosophy that "less is more." He believes that content must be presented as transparently as possible and must not be obscured by elaborate and often gratuitous displays of "features."

This Web site also demonstrates the author's utter lack of knowledge about any but the most rudimentary "features" and amply displays his embarrassing lack of skill in creating compelling Web presentations. The best that can be said is that this is a time capsule of what Web sites looked like in the early days of the Internet. Needless to say, it's not optimized for smart phones!

Addendum from November 2016:
Thanks to a visit to RIT by Andrew Raffo Dewar, who performed his really cool live saxophone/biofeedback/analog electronic piece Anabolism, I can now feel less guilty about my troglodism. Over drinks after his concert, I made my standard apology for this website as expressed above (unchanged in about 10 years except for the crack about smart phones). He countered by saying that it was a really hip "brutalist" website. I thought he was kidding at first, but it seems that "brutalism" on the web has acquired a web-design connotation to accompany its undeniable characterization of most of the language and actions in the social networking space. Not only is brutalist web design a thing, there's a website devoted to worthy examples: http://brutalistwebsites.com/.

Needless to say, I have just submitted this now vindicated site to be included in the above gallery. It just goes to show that discarded technology, like ties, cycle back into favor in about 20 years.


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Last modified: 3 December, 2016