David Nelson

Director, Mixed Reality Research
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David Nelson is an award-winning Producer and Director, who has worked for 20th Century Fox, Disney, HBO and Sony Pictures Entertainment, winning a Hugo Award for Excellence in Television Documentary for “Positively Naked” (2005).

As the Director of the Mixed Reality Lab (MxR) at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, Nelson has delivered multiple UX research-based technology prototypes, adaptive user interfaces, and immersive training systems, for clients including US Army, US Navy, Military and Sealift Command Fleet, Army SHARP Academy and ARL-West.

He is currently spearheading a major interdisciplinary research study on the “Language of Immersion” and its impact on the future of narrative storytelling. Raised in Brooklyn, Nelson graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with a BFA, Dramatic Writing and Film Production.