Josh Urban Davis

Photo by Karyna McGlynn

(Pronouns: They, Their) Josh Urban Davis is an engineer and speculative designer from Texas. They work with traditional materials as well as emerging technologies in order to create work which embeds empirical invesitgations into aesthetic efforts. 

Their visual work has been exhibited at Black Visual Arts Center, DiverseWorks, Blaffer Art Museum, Lawndale Art Center, and others. 
Their writing has been published or is forthcoming in Glass Mountain, Reality Tunnels and in 2015 they were awarded the Robertson prize for poetry. Their first children's book "The Girl Who Had No Name" was published in 2017 by Anklebiters Publishing. 

In 2012 they received their BFA in studio art and BS in computer science. They currently live in Hanover, NH with their cat, Nocturne, where they are pursuing graduate studies in computer science at Dartmouth.






Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. 2018-Present
Ph.D in Computer Science
Discovery Lab and Department of Computer Science
Advisors: Prof. Michael Casey, Prof. Xing-Dong Yang

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. 2016-2018
M.S. in Computer Science and Digital Arts
Bregman Media Labs and Department of Computer Science
Advisors: Prof. Michael Casey, Prof. Xing-Dong Yang

University of Houston, Houston, TX. 2016
B.S. Computer Science
B.F.A. Studio Arts
Cum Laude
Areas of Concentration: Embedded Systems, Machine Learning, Digital Media, Interactive Installation


  • Urban Davis, Josh (2018). The Gender Generator: A Brain Computer Interface for the Evocation of Gender Dysphoria Symptoms. CHI18 Workshop on Brain Computer Interfaces for Artistic Purposes. ACM SIGCHI 2018. 
  • Akdag, Fatih & Urban Davis, Josh & Eick, Christoph. (2014). A Computational Framework for Finding Interestingness Hotspots in Large Spatio-Temporal Grids. Proceedings of the 3rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Big Geospatial Data, BigSpatial 2014.

5/2017 – Present

Research Fellow | Bregman Media Labs | Dartmouth

●  A one-year research position funded in part by the Newkom Institute
●  Fostered cross-disciplinary collaborations between the arts and sciences
●  Conducted independent research related to brain-computer interfaces, gender, and music

07/2016 – Present
Teaching Assistant | Dartmouth Department of Computer Science| Hanover


  • COSC 39/139 (Instroduction to Computer Animation: the State of the Art)
  • COSC 2 (Introduction to Programming for Interactive Audio and Visual Media)
  • COSC 24/124 (Introduction to Digital Arts)
  • MUS 108 Systems and Signals

●  Assisted with the creation of assignments and lecturing for the course
●  Graded assignments and held office hours for consultation with students

● Held optional weekend sessions to intdouce students to contemporary work in relevant fields and guide a reverse-engineering workshop for selected pieces

07/2016 – 05/2017

Developer II | DALI | Hanover, NH

●  Supervised small teams to design develop, prototype, deploy, and deliver web-based products
●  Consulted with partners to develop a direction for the project
●  Worked with a variety of technologies and frameworks including React, Oculus, Adobe CC and others.

06/2010 – 06/2012
Honors College Tutor | University of Houston| Houston, TX
● Individually met with students to advice them on their individual assignments and term projects for EENG 1002 (Introduction to Engineering Design) and HON 1003/1004 (The Human Situation)

06/2010 – 06/2012
Teaching Assistant | Department of Computer Science | University of Houston| Houston, TX
●  Held recitation sessions, graded assignments, wrote exams and developed assignments for COSC 1004 (Introduction to Object Oriented Programming)
●  Held office hours and helped maintain administartion of a course with 400+ students

06/2011 – 06/2012
Research Assistant | Natural Language Processing Group| Department of Computer Science University of Houston| Houston, TX

●  Worked with a small group of international graduate students under the supervision of Arjun Mukherje
●  Learned standard statistical approaches and machine learning methods for the analysis of language

06/2010 – 06/2011
Research Assistant | Data Mining Machine Learning Group| Department of Computer Science University of Houston| Houston, TX

●  Collaborated extensively with post-doctoral students to large-scale novel data-analysis methods
●  Attended several machine learning conferences and presented papers



  • Moss Woods Artist Fellowship (2017)

  • Death Valley Artist Residency (2017)

  • Dartmouth Academic Fellowship (2016-2018)

  • Barthelme Prize for Poetry (2015)

  • BOLDFACE Writers Residency Scholarship (2014)

  • Honors College Undergraduate Research Award (2012)

  • Honors College Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2011-2012)

  • NSF Travel Grant (2011)



●  Digital Arts Expo 2017: Black Visual Arts Center

●  The Big Machine: The Foundry
●  The Tripatorium Inter-Dimensional Tour
●  The Future is Dumb: Museum of Human Achievement

●  Submission: Silver Street Studios
●  Last Night and Rights: Lost Ward Gallery
●  Day for Night Music Festival: Houston, TX


● Lone Star Explosion Performance Art Biennal
●  The Big Show: Lawndale Visual Arts Center
●  Continuum: Art Outside

●  Cohesion: Gallery M Squared
●  The Big Show: Lawndale Visual Arts Center
○ Audience Choice: Best in Show
●  Blood and Ink: G Gallery

●  State Fair: DiverseWorks
 Down with the Thickness: Blaffer Art Museum