Ali Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran. He studied physics and music and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies in UC Berkeley. His creative works include a number of collaborative works with Robin Mandel that include large collaborative musical instruments that use pantographs and joysticks, rhythmic smoke rings. He has also worked on pervasive games that transform neighborhoods into playgrounds, played his gestural instruments in large scale operas, worked with language and accents in an interactive sound installation for the Exploratorium, and put to use stethescopes in exploring sound. He recently made a piece for a choir of mosquitoes. His interests are in computation and interactivity in the arts, technologically mediated social interaction, gesture to sound/image mappings, kinetic sculpture and data-driven search and synthesis techniques. He teaches at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.