Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao - Designing Hybrid Skins

Speaker: Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao , Cornell University

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: Star (D463)

Event Type: Seminar

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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 social and cultural perspectives, blending historical craft with miniaturized robotics, machines, and materials in their development. The resulting skins also serve social, cultural, and technological purposes while supporting the construction of individual identities. This seminar examines recent work from the Hybrid Body Lab in designing Hybrid Skins through under-explored approaches of textile robotics, bio-fluid sensing, modular flexible electronics, and sustainable materials exploration. With their seamless and conformable form factor, Hybrid Skins afford unprecedented intimacy to the human experience and an opportunity for us to carefully rethink and redesign how our relationship with technology can, should (or should not) be. By blending engineering, design, and committed engagement with diverse communities, Kao and her lab’s research aims to foster inclusive design for future wearable technology that can celebrate (instead of constrict) the diversity of the human experience.

Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao is an assistant professor at Cornell University. She directs the Hybrid Body Lab, which focuses on integrating cultural and social perspectives into the design of on-body interfaces. Through her research, she aims to foster inclusive designs for soft wearable technologies, like smart tattoos and textiles and develops novel digital fabrication methods. Kao, honored with a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, has received accolades in major ACM Human-Computer Interaction venues and media attention from Forbes, CNN, WIRED, and VOGUE. Her work has been showcased internationally, including at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and New York Fashion Week, earning multiple design awards. Kao holds a Ph.D. from MIT Media Lab.

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