Norman Makoto Su


Before I came to Bloomington, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Information & Library Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland. I did my PhD in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. I was also an ARCS scholar at UCI. Gloria Mark (advisor), Bo Begole, Martha S. Feldman, and David Redmiles were on my committee. During my PhD, I did internships at IBM, The Aerospace Corporation, and PARC. My BA was in Computer Science with a Music minor at the University of California, Berkeley. My last year as an undergrad was spent as an exchange abroad student in the Nishio-Lab at Osaka University, Japan. Living abroad is something I recommend everyone do at least once.

I grew up in San Martin, California, a small unincorporated community. We were sandwiched between the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras and the Gilroy Garlic Festival. My brother, Brian, is a talented developer and artist who lives in Australia.


I’m mad for trad. I play the tin whistle and the Irish flute (Bryan Duggan was my teacher). I occasionally play in The Runcible Spoon on Tuesday nights. I love to play piano as well. My favorite composer is Robert Schumann. Thanks to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, I know a lot of random facts about the piano and classical music. Did you know that Kalkbrenner offered to teach Chopin but Chopin politely demurred, much to Mendelssohn’s relief?

I’m part an exclusive swimming club in SOIC with Apu, David, and YY.


Here are some of my favorite software tools that I use frequently. For this website, I use:

  • Layout: Pure
  • Static website management: nanoc

When writing papers, I use:

When analyzing, I use: