Lining YaoAlumni

Lining Yao
Lining Yao is a Chinese born designer and maker of novel materials and interfaces. Yao is currently a PhD Candidate at Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab, where she focuses on pushing Human Computer Interaction toward Human Material Interaction. Her research revolves around the intersection of novel materials, digital fabrication and interaction design. Rather than computing the virtual data, she is trying to compute the physical material. Programming the physical states of material's shape, color, stiffness, texture and density is the long term goal of her research. Before coming to the US, she had been deeply involved in Chinese local design and manufacturing industry as a design consultant and entrepreneur. She has won numerous industrial design awards including Red Dot Award and iF Design Award. BS, MFA, Art and Design, Zhejiang University, China. MS, Media Arts and Science, MIT.

Thesis Defense

Presentation at Aspen Ideas Festival 2013

Presentation at WIRED 2015

Presentation at Meet the Media Guru 2017

Presentation at K12LIVE! 2014

TPC TV & Business in China Television Network 2017




Hygromorphic living materials for shape changingRobotic Systems and Autonomous Platforms: Advances in Materials and Manufacturing 2018
Harnessing the hygroscopic and biofluorescent behaviors of genetically tractable microbial cells to design biohybrid wearablesScience Advances 2017
Transformative Appetite: Shape-Changing Food Transforms from 2D to 3D by Water Interaction through CookingCHI 2017 2017
xPrint: A Modularized Liquid Printer for Smart Materials DepositionCHI 2016
bioPrint: A Liquid Deposition Printing System for Natural Actuators 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing 2015
bioLogic: Natto Cells as Nanoactuators for Shape Changing InterfacesCHI 2015
Sticky Actuator: Free-Form Planar Actuators for Animated ObjectsTEI 2015
bioLogic: Natto Cells as Nanoactuators for Shape Changing InterfacesCHI 2015
bioPrint: An automatic deposition system for Bacteria Spore ActuatorsUIST 2014
jamSheets: Thin Interfaces with Tunable Stiffness Enabled by Layer Jamming TEI 2014
Weight and Volume Changing Device with Liquid Metal TransferTEI 2014
Integrating Optical Waveguides for Display and Sensing on Pneumatic Soft Shape Changing InterfacesUIST 2014
FocalSpace: Multimodal Activity Tracking, Synthetic Blur and Adaptive Presentation for Video ConferencingSUI 2013
PneUI: Pneumatically Actuated Soft Composite Materials for Shape Changing InterfacesUIST 2013
PingPong++: Community Customization in Games and EntertainmentACE 2011
Rope Revolution: Tangible and Gestural Rope Interface for Collaborative PlayAdvances in Computer Entertainment 2011
Multi-Jump: Jump Roping Over DistancesCHI 2011
RopePlus: Bridging Distances with Social and Kinesthetic Rope GamesCHI 2011
Kinected Conference: Augmenting Video Imaging with Calibrated Depth and AudioCSCW 2011