Director, Advanced Prototypes and Transition
USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Todd Richmond is head of the Advanced Prototypes Group at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). Todd is a jack of many trades, master of some, and theorist/practitioner of both digital and analog arts (not necessarily all by design). His career in new media began back in 1978 producing multi-projector slide shows for entertainment, educational and corporate clients. He also spent time as a radio on-air personality in San Diego, California. He entered college as a music major — an interest he still maintains as a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, performing over 100 shows a year in a variety of ensembles — but ended up with a degree in chemistry from the University of San Diego in 1987. Todd went on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and did his postdoctoral research in protein engineering at the University of California, San Francisco.

In 1995, he accepted a position as a chemistry professor at The Claremont Colleges where his teaching experience encompassed introductory, organic, and biological chemistry lecture and laboratory courses as well as creating new curricula in medicinal and biochemistry. His research group focused on novel engineered binding sites in Green Fluorescence Protein. Early in his faculty career he incorporated multimedia and Web technologies into his teaching and research. That work led him to evolve from his specific focus on chemistry to instead pursue a broader understanding of technology and content. When moving to the USC Annenberg Center for Communication in 2000, he concentrated on current and future trends in new media, fostering emerging technologies and interdisciplinary collaboration, and examining the critical questions the world will face as it moves deeper into the digital epoch. He worked closely with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Viterbi School of Engineering, and Annenberg School for Communication, expanding his breadth and depth in traditional media forms as well as new technology and communication platforms.

In 2006 Todd moved to the USC Institute for Creative Technologies as a Project Director, and in 2012 was named Director of Advanced Prototypes and Transition, responsible for overseeing a broad spectrum of development efforts. Currently at ICT Todd works in a variety of areas including: future environments for communication and collaboration, counter-IED and situational awareness training systems involving video narrative and multiplayer gaming; intel-related training; immersive technologies; interactive education including serious games and simulations; visualization, messaging, and media as agents of change. He collaborates closely with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, especially the Mixed Reality Studio. He also is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker, having produced/directed a series of “mini documentary” projects as well as numerous new media pieces. On the music tip, he has studied with Grammy- winning bassist Victor Wooten, is currently working with Anthony Wellington, and his band nostatic released the album “Time’s Up” in early 2014.