By day, Todd Richmond is the director of the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and Mixed Reality Studio and the USC School for Cinematic Arts. By night he is a musician, visual artist, and conceptual troublemaker. In a previous life Richmond was a chemistry professor at The Claremont Colleges where early in his faculty career he incorporated multimedia and web technologies into his teaching and research. That work led him to evolve from his specific focus on chemistry to instead pursue a broader understanding of technology and content as managing director of the USC Annenberg Center for Communication (a new media research center).
In 2006 Richmond moved to ICT and currently leads the Mixed Reality Lab and advanced prototype group. He also heads the Mixed Reality Studio at the USC School for Cinematic Arts and is research faculty in the Media Arts + Practice division. He works in a variety of areas: emerging disruptive technologies and their implications/applications for training, learning, and operations; future environments for communication and collaboration; immersive technologies; interactive education; visualization and analytics. He works closely with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, has studied with Grammy- winning bassist Victor Wooten, and performs regularly with a number of different ensembles. Richmond earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of San Diego and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in protein engineering at U.C. San Francisco.