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HCII Seminar Series - Michael Wessely

Michael Wessely

Michael Wessely
Postdoctoral Associate at MIT CSAIL


We will be presenting in Newell-Simon Hall 1305 and broadcasting virtually.

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"Fabricating Physical User Interfaces with Smart Materials"

Physical user interfaces like mobile phones, or wearable health monitors fundamentally changed how we live and work. However, their fabrication is still exclusive to industry and manufacturing experts. I envision that in the future everyone will be able to fabricate interactive objects that can detect user input with sensors and give feedback, for example, with printed displays. Fabricating sensors and output components also requires the integration of smart materials into the fabrication process including conductive, color-changing, and shape-changing materials. The increased complexity of creating such objects will also require novel intelligent tools that mitigate low-level knowledge and enable makers to focus on the design of such objects and their functionality.

In this talk, I address these challenges by investigating the following research topics: (1) How can we update the appearance of physical objects just like we update digital content, (2) how can we embed computing capabilities in physical objects by seamlessly integrating sensing and (visual) feedback, and (3) how can we sense and manipulate material properties just like we change materials of a digital object in a 3D editor.

Speaker's Bio

Michael Wessely is a post-doctoral researcher working with Stefanie Mueller in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the fabrication of physical user interfaces using smart materials that integrate computing capabilities and can sense and control their material properties. He has published several papers at ACM CHI and ACM UIST, the leading conferences in Human Computer Interaction, received for his work 2 Best Paper Awards and a Best Paper Nomination, and is a program committee member at ACM CHI and ACM UIST. Michael holds a PhD in Human Computer Interaction from Inria and the Université Paris-Saclay advised by Prof. Wendy Mackay, and Prof. Theophanis Tsandilas. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science and Visual Computing from Saarland University advised by Prof. Juergen Steimle.

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