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Lining Yao is a Chinese born designer and maker of novel materials and interfaces. Yao is currently a PhD Candidate at Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab, where she focuses on pushing Human Computer Interaction toward Human Material Interaction. Her research revolves around the intersection of novel materials, digital fabrication and interaction design. Rather than computing the virtual data, she is trying to compute the physical material. Programming the physical states of material’s shape, color, stiffness, texture and density is the long term goal of her research. Before coming to the US, she had been deeply involved in Chinese local design and manufacturing industry as a design consultant and entrepreneur. She has won numerous industrial design awards including Red Dot Award and iF Design Award. BS, MFA, Art and Design, Zhejiang University, China. MS, Media Arts and Science, MIT. Lining Yao is an Assitant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science. Her research lab seeks the design ecology of men, environment, transformation and atoms. This research lies at the intersections of material science, interaction design, computational fabrication and biological engineering. 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. 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, Toyota, Cisco, Estee Lauder and Colgate to explore the future of wearable, mobility, communication, food and cosmetics.