Jack FormanPh.D. Candidate

Jack Forman
Forman’s vision is to make tangible artifacts embedded seamlessly with responsive behavior, through the development of programmable materials and ways to fabricate them, to make engaging human-material interfaces that utilize the emotional power of touch. Forman sees a future where these adaptive interfaces are ubiquitous, where every material is able to accept and respond to the change that is constantly flowing through us.
Previously, Forman received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, where he double majored in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering. During that time, Forman was a researcher in the Morphing Matter Lab, directed by prof. Lining Yao, in the Human Computer Interaction Institute. There he worked on developing methods for two-way shape transforming textiles using shape-changing threads (CHI 2019).
When not in the lab, Forman can be found in a yoga class, on a rock wall, or making too many puns.



(Dis)Appearables: A Concept and Method for Actuated Tangible UIs to Appear and Disappear based on StagesCHI 2022
OmniFiber: Integrated Fluidic Fiber Actuators for Weaving Movement based Interactions into the ‘Fabric of Everyday Life’UIST 2021
MetaSense: Integrating Sensing Capabilities into Mechanical Metamaterial.UIST 2021
DefeXtiles: 3D Printing Quasi-Woven Fabric via Under-ExtrusionUIST 2020