About

I’m doctoral candidate in the Responsive Environments group, and before this in the High-Low Tech group, at the MIT Media Lab.  Before I came here, I got my bachelors of science in mechanical engineering at Columbia University. I also worked in electronics design and fabrication at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, on the littleBits project.

More recently I’ve focused on creating custom tools for paper electronics–blending paper craft with building electronics. In collaboration with bunnie, I created circuit stickers as part of my research, which has now spun off into a company called Chibitronics.

My research investigates materials and techniques for blending electronics with traditional arts and crafts media to create personally meaningful technology.  I’m interested in the questions that arise when we use circuits and programming– i.e. interactivity and logic– to express ourselves. What magical experiences can these techniques and materials enable? How can we learn differently with these new tools? What new stories can we tell?

You can find me at: jieqi [at] mit.edu youtube vimeo flickr