Jamie Zigelbaum Alumni

Jamie Zigelbaum

Jamie Zigelbaum is a PhD student in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab where he builds and studies next generation computer interfaces. He specializes in gestural and tangible interfaces and works to create new interactions between humans and machines that enable the full use of our evolutionarily developed skills, expressive capabilities, and nuanced social behaviors.

Jamie received a Master’s of Science from the MIT Media Lab in 2008 where he worked with Professor Hiroshi Ishii in the Tangible Media Group. His Master’s thesis is titled “Mending Fractured Spaces: External Legibility and Seamlessness in Interface Design”, in it he argues against the blind proliferation of single-user interfaces and presents his research in the social sciences alongside a series of new interfaces that he created at MIT and Tufts as counterexamples. Before coming to the Media Lab Jamie received a Bachelor of Arts in 2006 from Tufts University where he worked with Professor Robert J. K. Jacob majoring in Human-Computer Interaction. For his undergraduate thesis he built the Tangible Video Editor (TVE), a physical interface for collaboratively editing video. Jamie took 5 years off in the middle of his undergraduate career, before that he majored in neuroscience. In the interim he worked as a laborer on a construction crew, an artist’s assistant, and studied Buddhism in India. Jamie grew up in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Portfolio: www.jamiezigelbaum.com

Email: zig@media.mit.edu

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