Viirj Kan Research Scientist & DESIGNER
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 from wearable displays to IoT devices, smart tattoos, programmable foods, biointerfaces, and shape displays. 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 Honorable Mention Awards at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) and Fast Company Innovation by Design. 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 holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from the MIT Media Lab in the Mediated Matter group led by Prof. Neri Oxman and a Bachelor of Science from the Art Center College of Design. Prior to MIT, Viirj conducted human-robot interaction research at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her work has been featured on Popular Mechanics, TED, Vice, SXSW, Ars Electronica, Fast Company, CNN, Forbes, MIT News, and Museum of Fine Arts Boston.