Glorianna Davenport is Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she founded the
Interactive Cinema group (1987-2004) in 1987 and most recently the
Media Fabrics group that she directs. She holds a B.A. in English from Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Ma. and a M.A. from Hunter College in NYC.
Trained as a sculptor and documentary filmmaker, Ms. Davenport has achieved international recognition for her work in the digital media forms. Davenport's research explores fundamental issues related to the collaborative co-construction of digital media experiences, where the task of narration is split among authors, consumers, and computer mediators. Davenport's recent work focuses on the creation of customizable, personalizable storyteller systems which dynamically serve and adapt to a widely dispersed society of audience.
In 2000 Davenport co-founded MediaLabEurope, a research partnership between the MIT Media Laboratory and the Government of Ireland where from 2000-2004 she ran the Story Networks Group.
Highlight: "Desire vs Destiny: the question of payoff in Narrative" is the title of an invited paper Davenport recently delivered at the Caixa Forum on MetaNarrative held in Barcelona Spain. Discussion largely in Spanish can be found at

"The Storied Machine" was delivered recently on Radio Telefís Élreann (RTÉ), the Irish Public Service Broadcasting Organization.

Research Highlights