Co-founder and Director of the Kata Project
Omar Ahmad, Ph.D. joined the BLAM Lab in March 2012 as a co-founder of the Kata Project.
Dr. Ahmad is the Chief Creative Engineer and Director of the Kata Project. He is responsible for Kata’s creative output and all Kata personnel. His strategic vision focuses on three fundamental aspects:
- Fostering the best entertainment content possible through artistic/emotional mastery, scientific research, and creative technological innovation
- Bridging the gap between academia and commercial-quality engineering
- Applying the creative output of the Kata project to medical therapeutics, scientific study, animal conservation, and commercial production
Dr. Ahmad is the inventor of a number of physics-based real-time entertainment technologies and algorithms to create visceral user experiences. He is responsible for maintaining tangible product output for KATA, so that it exceeds, in quality and innovation, what would be expected from academic or commercial production in isolation.
He received his BS, MSE, and PhD degrees in Computer Science, from the Johns Hopkins University, GWC Whiting School of Engineering.