My Visit to the MIT Media Lab

I was so excited to be invited to the MIT Media Lab by Joichi Ito, the current director and Nicholas Negroponte, one of the founders. I had always wanted to visit the Media Lab, and was not disappointed. It is a graduate level program, described on their website as "...actively promoting a unique, antidisciplinary culture, the MIT Media Lab goes beyond known boundaries and disciplines, encouraging the most unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. It creates disruptive technologies that happen at the edges, pioneering such areas as wearable computing, tangible interfaces, and affective computing."

The architecture of the the building was very impressive, and inspiring. You just want to be creative to fit in the building! The architect of the first building was I.M. Pei, and the current building was designed by Maki and Associates of Tokyo.

The new building has two atria - this is the public one.

All of the labs face one of the atria.

We met Ellen Hoffman, Director of Communications, who gave me and my family the grand tour, introducing us to several grad students that were part of the 24 research groups in the Media Lab, including Mediated Matter, Personal Robots, Fluid Interfaces, Lifelong Kindergarten, and Responsive Environments.

With Nexi, the humanoid robot

Each lab had an digital sign with details on their people and their research.

I had the privilege of meeting Joi Ito and discussing the program. What a great place to study!

Quin and Joi

Jie Qi's famous interactive artwork, "Pu Gong Ying Tu (Dandelion Painting)"

Quin and the 3D printed glass artwork from Dr. Neri Oxman's Mediated Matter group

A big thank you to Joi Ito, Ellen Hoffman, Heather DeManbey, and the grad students who were our excellent tour guides. I hope to be a part of the Media Lab one day!

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