Photo courtesy from Nia Macknight

Photo courtesy from Nia Macknight

 

Viirj Kan: Designer & RESEARCHER

Working at the intersection of materials, robotics, biotechnology, and chemistry, Viirj Kan develops interfaces that connect humans to a broad range of systems. She has innovated on a range of pioneering interfaces including wearable displays, programmable foods, smart tattoos, molecular I/O, and shape displays. Skilled at designing human-centered user experiences with state-of-the-art technology, her publications in the field of Human-Computer Interaction has received a Best Paper Award at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), a Golden Mouse Award at CHI, and an Honorable Mention Award at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC). A committed advocate in the DIY and open-source movement, she engages in efforts to increase access of scientific and technological tools to underrepresented social groups.

Viirj is an alumni of the MIT Media Lab in the Mediated Matter Group. Prior to joining MIT, Viirj conducted human-robot interaction research at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from the Art Center College of Design. Her work has been featured on Popular Mechanics, TED, Vice, MIT News, Fast Company, CNN, Forbes, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 

Currently, she works as an independent consultant for a range of clients from early stage startups to mid-size and large companies. For contracting inquiries, please direct emails to Viirj@alum.mit.edu