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Alexandra Ion

Assistant Professor

Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Alexandra Ion

Alex directs the Interactive Structures Lab, which investigates and develops interactive design tools that enable digital fabrication of complex shapes and structures for novice users. Their research and expertise lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction, digital fabrication, metamaterials and computational design. Alex’s research has been published in and awarded by premier HCI venues, has been invited for multiple exhibitions, including a permanent exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center and travelling exhibitions through South America and Germany. Before joining CMU, Alex was a postdoc at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and a PhD student at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany.

Research Interests

Digital fabrication, metamaterials, computational design, interactive design tools, programmable matter.