B.C. Biermann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Graphic Design

BC Biermann is Creative Director and Founder of the groundbreaking mixed reality company Heavy Projects, a Civic Media Fellow at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, and an Associate Professor of Emerging Media at CBU – Riverside. With a PhD in Humanities [Inter-media Analysis] from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, BC is a futurist whose work investigates the intersection of emerging technologies and semiotics in ways that address its impending social, political, and ethical impacts. As an internationally recognized digital artist, BC is a pioneer in interactive augmented reality [AR] design and his work has appeared in Geneva, San Francisco, New York, Miami, San Diego, St. Louis, and Perth; and in publications such as Fast Company, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, IEEE Spectrum, Creator’s Project, PC World, C|Net, and The Atlantic. A thought leader in the converging technologies space [AR, VR, AI], BC serves on the IEEE Mixed Reality and Artificial Intelligence Group as a Part of The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems. As a public speaker, BC advocates that technologists can and should implement these technologies in such a way that promotes the proposition that it’s in everyone’s interest to act justly and incentivize a collectively beneficial ethics that helps foster a healthy society.

TOPICAL EXPERTISE – Public Space Augmented Reality – Interactive Digital Art – Converging Technologies [AR, VR, AI] and the Humanities


Ph.D. Humanities, Universiteit van Amsterdam
M.A., History of Ideas / Christianity and Culture, Knox Theological Seminary
M.A., Secondary Pedagogy, Maryville University
B.A., English Literature, University of Missouri