Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Courtesy Appointment, Mechanical Engineering

Lining Yao

Source: College of Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Office: Newell Simon Hall 3613


Administrative Staff: Ebony Dickey


Lining Yao is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science.  She is the founding director of the Morphing Matter Lab. By developing transformative and adaptive materials, the lab designs interfaces that redefine the interactive relationship between human, other living organisms, environment, objects and intangible data. Her team challenges the definition of traditional human computer interface which was constrained on a computer screen, and encode information and interactivity into physical materials. They call such interactive material as "morphing matter"! In the lab, they design for the myriad of life experiences, including clothes we wear, objects we use, environment we habitate, robots and AI we rely on, and even food we eat.

Lining and her lab work antidiciplinarilly, publishing and exhibiting across science, engineering, design and art. Lining's work appear in both scientific journals (e.g. Science Advances, Journal of 3D Additive Manufacturing) and top conferences in the field of human computer interaction. She has been awarded Best Paper award (UIST 2013), Nominated Best Demo award (UIST 2013), Best Talk award (CHI 2015) and paper Honorable Mention award (CHI 2015). She has won numerous design awards including Fast Company 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.