Lining Yao is an Assitant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science. Her research group lies at the intersections of material science, interaction design, computational fabrication and biological engineering. Very recently, Lining gained her PhD at MIT Media Lab, where she combined natural and engineering approaches to develop physical materials with dynamic and tunable properties including shape, color, stiffness, texture and density. The design opportunities are embedded in the wide myriad of life: things we wear, live with and within, play with, eat or drink.
Lining and her lab work antidiciplinarilly, publishing and exhibiting across science, engineering, design and art. Previously at MIT, together with her collaborators, Lining’s work was published in both scientific journals and top conferences in the field of human computer interaction. In addition, she has won numerous design awards including Fast Compnary Design by Innovation Award, A Design Award, Core77 Community Choice Prize Winner, Red Dot Award, iF Design Award and IxDA Awards. Lining was recently named Wired innovation fellow. She has exhibited her work at Center Pompidou in Paris, Ars Electronica, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Dubai Design Week. She curated and implemented bioLogic exhibition for MIT Media Lab 30’s anniversary in October, 2015. In addition, she has been collaborating with industrial partners including Target, Food + Future, New Balance and Cisco to explore the future of wearable, mobility, communication, food and cosmetics.