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Tangible Media Group | MIT Media Lab

Tangible Media group

The Tangible Media Group (TMG) strives to push the boundaries of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) by inventing new digital/physical materials and inspiring people through engaging interactive applications. Our work centers on the vision of new materials, which we call "Tangible Bits" and "Radical Atoms." We seek to advance the mission-critical fields such as design, communication, and artistic expression. Among them, we are focusing on “Tangible Telepresence” to reinvent distancing and to strengthen the connectedness among people separated spatially and temporally by introducing "tangibility" to interpersonal communication and collaboration channels. 

We pursue a transdisciplinary focus. We expect TMG researchers to speak the languages of art, design, science, and technology fluently and express their ideas across all these disciplines. We aim to develop original ideas and visions focusing on how they will push the field of HCI forward through influential publishable material. 

What We're Looking For:

The Tangible Media Group seeks creative, design sensitive, technologically competent, hard-working, and team-oriented graduate students. Since we implement fully functioning and aesthetically pleasing tangible interfaces to bridge physical and digital worlds, our work requires a broad skill set of product design, electronic engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, digital fabrication, and computer programming. We expect applicants to have the knowledge and track record in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) research and experience in Interaction Design. Oral and written communication skills are essential, as work is regularly presented to visitors and submitted to major conferences and journals. 

Learn about applying through the Program in Media Arts & Sciences.