Brian Magerko

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Digital Media

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
Office Location: TSRB 319
Email Address:


Pronunciation of Name:
Muh-GRR-koh / Muh-gAir-koh
Personal Pronouns:

Dr. Magerko is a Professor of Digital Media, Director of Graduate Studies in Digital Media, & head of the Expressive Machinery Lab at Georgia Tech. He received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon (1999) and his MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan (2001, 2006). His research explores how studying human and machine cognition can inform the creation of new human/computer creative experiences. Dr. Magerko has been research lead on over $15 million of federally-funded research; has authored over 100 peer reviewed articles related to computational media, cognition, and learning; has had his work shown at galleries and museums internationally; and co-founded a music-based learning environment for computer science - called EarSketch - that has been used by over 160K learners worldwide. Dr. Magerko and his work have been shown in the New Yorker, USA Today, CNN, Yahoo! Finance, NPR, and other global and regional outlets.

Areas of
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computational Media
  • Computer Science Education
  • Creativity And Cognition
  • Educational Media
  • Improvisation
  • Music Technology


Research Fields:
  • Digital Media
  • Environment
  • Aesthetics and Technology
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Education
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Innovation
  • Media
  • Performance
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Science and Engineering Workforces
  • Science and Technology
  • Technology


  • LCC-2700: Intr-Computational Media
  • LCC-4720: Interactive Narrative
  • LCC-4731: Game AI
  • LCC-6215: Media Studies
  • LCC-6317: Interactive Fiction
  • LCC-6650: Project Studio
  • LCC-8833: Sp Top-Tech of Represent
  • LMC-4725: Game Design
  • LMC-6213: Edu Applications New
  • LMC-6215: Issues in Media Studies
  • LMC-6310: The Computer Expressive
  • LMC-6325: Game Design and Analysis
  • LMC-6650: Project Studio
  • LMC-6800: DM MS Project Course
  • LMC-8801: Special Topics