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Damian Isla is the AI programmer on Halo 2. Before coming to Bungie, he earned a M.Eng. at the MIT Media Lab with Bruce Blumberg's Synthetic Characters Group, where he did research on learning and behavior for artificial creatures. His master's thesis, "The Virtual Hippocampus", dealt with useful spatial representations for learning, navigating and conceptualizing space. He has a B.S. in Computer Science, also from MIT. He enjoys drama of all kinds.