Daniel Chávez Heras

Daniel Chávez Heras

Lecturer in Humanistic and Social Computing Education

King's College London

Bio

Daniel has been working with moving images and computers for the last ten years, initially as a designer, later as a researcher and academic. He was a digital manager for the British Council in Mexico; founded an international short film and digital art festival that took place entirely online; and collaborated with the BBC to create the world’s first broadcast AI-TV programme. He has six years of teaching experience in higher education in Mexico and the UK, and before joining King’s a lecturer he was a research fellow at the Cultural Analytics Open Lab in Estonia. Daniel’s main strand of research focuses on the computational production and analysis of audiovisual culture, an area he approaches through a critical-technical blend of film theory, interdisciplinary design, and creative AI.

Interests

  • Computational humanities
  • Interdisciplinary design
  • Machine vision
  • Film and moving image studies
  • Critical technical practice

Education

  • PhD in Digital Humanities, 2020

    King's College London

  • MA in Film Studies, 2011

    King's College London

  • BA in Design, 2008

    Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Projects

.js-id-machine-vision

The Shape of Computer Vision

A Pytorch implementation of a focal lenght classifier using EXIF data
The Shape of Computer Vision

Logia de los 7 Pixeles

Long-form video series of informal conversations on art and technology
Logia de los 7 Pixeles

FOFA

The first online short-film festival in Mexico: Festival Online Futuros Astimétricos
FOFA

Estudio PEC

Mini-documentary about the architecture firm Estudio PEC in Mexico City
Estudio PEC

Lost and Found

Short film created from urban exploration and found footage
Lost and Found

Travelogue no.1

Short film about travelling and living in-between cities
Travelogue no.1

Teaching

 
 
 
 
 

King’s College London

Jan 2018 – Present London, UK

Modules taught:

  • Design in the Digital World
  • Introduction to Programming in the Humanities (Python)
  • Online Networks and Social Media
  • Digital Politics
 
 
 
 
 

UAEMex

Sep 2015 – Dec 2016 Estado de Mexico

Modules taught:

  • Practice-based Arts Research
  • Digital Animation
 
 
 
 
 

Tec de Monterrey

Sep 2011 – Aug 2015 Estado de Mexico

Modules taught:

  • New Media Aesthetics
  • Sound Design
  • Visual Narrative

Contact

  • daniel.chavez [at] kcl.ac.uk