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Lab Director

Lining Yao is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, directing the Morphing Matter Lab. Lining and her lab work anti-disciplinarilly, publishing and exhibiting across science, engineering, design and art. Lining gained her PhD at MIT Media Lab, where she combined natural and engineering approaches to develop physical materials with dynamic and tunable properties including shape, color, stiffness, texture and density.
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Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Guanyun Wang gained his PhD from Zhejiang University. He was a visiting researcher at MIT Media Lab in 2015 and 2016.

Research Focus: interaction design, digital weaving and kniting, digital fabrication
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Research Scientist

Byoungkwon (Kwon) An worked as a Principal Research Scientist in Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Group at Autodesk Research before. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Soongsil University and an M.S. in Computer Science from MIT. He was a research assistant at MIT CSAIL’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory directed by Professor Daniela Rus. 

Research Focus: computational geometry and theory of distributed systems in the application areas of programmable matter, cellular and modular systems and origami.
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Visiting Scholar

Dr. Ye Tao studies the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, human craft and natural science, and applies the knowledge to design new interactive entities or interfaces. Her goal is to wise apply technology, enhance multi-sensory and achieve better value by employing design principles inspired or engineered by Nature, Beauty and Mercy. Areas of application include product design, as well as digital design and fabrication.

Research Focus: human craft and design, natural science, digital fabrication
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Undergraduate Student

Hieu Pham, rising sorphomore, Mechanical Engineering. Stanford University.

Research Interests: creative design and engineering

Undergraduate Intern

Caroline(Jiatian) Sun, rising sophomore, Computer Science. CMU

Research Interests: computer graphics


Undergraduate Student

Jianzhe Gu, rising junior, Computer Science. Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Research Interests:AI, Machine Learning for Design, Responsive Material Development and Manufacturing

Undergraduate Student

Tingyu Cheng, senior, Mechanical Engineering. Fisher College.

Research Interests: digital fabrication, prototyping and mechanisms.

Research Affiliate

Dr. Wen Wang is a bioengineer. Her research focuses on bio-fabrication and bio-manufacturing, involving interdisciplinary studies that combine the knowledge of biotechnology, advanced materials, and design. Her vision is to fill the gap between bio-oriented research and the real-world applications, by making technology easy to access, and products more affordable. Prior to joining the MIT Media Lab and MIT Department of Chemical Engineering as a postdoctoral associate, she gained her PhD degree in Singapore-MIT Alliance, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Research Focus: Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Material Science and Engineering, Fermentation Technology
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