Laura Herman is a Senior Research Lead at Adobe and a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, funded by the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council. Laura’s academic research examines the role of algorithmic curation on global visual cultures. She takes an inclusive and international approach with a particular focus on the Global South and people with disabilities. To this end, Laura holds OII-Dieter Schwarz & Erasmus University Rotterdam FemLab fellowships.

At Adobe, Laura leads a team that researches emerging creative technologies & platforms. Previous creative applications that she has worked on have been acknowledged as Apple’s “App of the Day” and as a Webby People’s Choice Award winner. Laura has previously held research positions at Intel, Harvard, and Princeton, from which she graduated with honors in Neuroscience & Psychology.

A common thread runs through Laura’s research: an investigation of how emerging technology influences human artistry. Her understanding of the creative process has been deepened by her own artistic & curatorial practice; Laura has exhibited projects at the Tate and at Ars Electronica. She has also been a “Researcher in Residence” at the studio of Olafur Eliasson, one of the most famous living artists. Laura’s curatorial and research work has been covered by venues including the BBC, Forbes, Artnet, New Scientist, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal.

Laura sits on the Boards of Trustees for two arts organizations: Eastside, which provides creative education for historically marginalized youths, and the Old Fire Station, which serves as an artistic hub for people experiencing homelessness.