Keaton Shurilla

Engineer // Researcher // Artist


I am a 1st year PhD student in the optical sciences program at the University of Arizona. Previously, I received a master’s degree in informatics from the University of Tsukuba, where I was advised by Yoichi Ochiai in the Digital Nature Group. Prior to that, I earned a BS in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University with university honors, advised by Daniel Smalley as a member of the Electro-Holography Lab.

My research is fixed at the nexus of 3D displays and physical informatics—I’m interested in designing interactive photonic systems using physical learning. As a PhD student my quest is to free the user from the pixel prison of modern technology by creating cyber-physical interfaces that autonomously adapt in-situ. My current focus is on guided-wave acousto-optic devices for holographic video and multimodal volumetric displays.

In addition to my academic work, I am a DJ and write electronic music.

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Latest Posts


▩ 2023: Research Lab visit on Weekly Ochiai [video]
▩ 2022: FUTURES PIXIE DUST RADIO – Interview on Tokyo FM [recording]
▩ 2021: “BYU Capstone team creates world-champion educational device” [article]
▩ 2021: “Electrical Engineering: A Pathway to New Forms of Creativity” – individual highlight [article]

Keaton as DJ