Date: 2023-06-012 14:20-15:30
Location: CSIE R104
Speaker: Prof. Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Cornell University
Host: Prof. Lung-Pan Cheng
Hybrid Skins are an emerging form of conformable interface situated at all scales of the human experience. These conformable interfaces are hybrid in their integration of technological function with cultural considerations, blending historical craft with miniaturized robotics, machines, and materials in their development. The resulting skins also serve hybrid purposes that are social, technological, and expressive. This seminar examines recent work from the Hybrid Body Lab in designing Hybrid Skins through under-explored approaches of robotics, and textile manufacturing, to design for materiality. With their slim and conformable form factor, Hybrid Skins afford unprecedented intimacy to the human experience. This presents opportunities for designing new modes of symbiosis with technology and ways to interact with others and our surrounding environments.
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao is an Assistant Professor in Human Centered Design with graduate field faculty appointments in Information Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, where she founded and directs the Hybrid Body Lab. Her research practice in Hybrid Skins blends cultural perspectives into designing conformable interfaces across all scales. Kao was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her research agenda. Kao and her lab have received numerous Honorable Mention/Best Paper Awards in top-tier Computer Science conferences (ACM CHI, UIST, ISWC and DIS) and media coverage by Forbes, CNN, and TIME Magazine. Kao served as the program chair for ACM International Symposium of Wearable Computers (ISWC), the premier conference for wearable computers.
Kao and her lab also strive to make an impact in the design and art communities. To this end, Kao's work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture, and on the New York Fashion Week runway, along with recognitions from the design community through the A'Design Award, the Fast Company Innovation by Design Award Finalist, an Ars Electronica STARTS Prize Nomination, and the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.
She holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab, along with a Master's degree in Computer Science; and two Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and in Technology Management, all from National Taiwan University. Kao was born and raised in Taiwan.