Curriculum Vitae

Education

2012 to present MIT MEDIA LAB, Cambridge, MA – High-Low Tech Group
Candidate for Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences
 
 
2010 to 2012 MIT MEDIA LAB, Cambridge, MA – High-Low Tech Group
Master of Media Arts and Sciences
 
 
2006 to 2010 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY – School of Engineering & Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
 

Selected
Talks &
Exhibitions

2012 ENTERTAINMENT GATHERING, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
Exhibited Pu Gong Ying Tu (Dandelion Painting)

SAY SOMETHING POSTER SHOW, Fourth Wall Gallery, Boston, MA
and Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Guest exhibition of interactive electronic posters

ITP AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY New York, NY
Guest lecture on paper and tape-based circuit building

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM, Brockton, MA
Electronic origami pieces featured in Mens et Manus: Folded paper of MIT

 
2011 PECHA KUCHA BOSTON, Oberon, Cambridge, MA
Six-minute presentation on paper-based circuits

SKETCHING IN HARDWARE, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Presentation on research in paper-based electronics and shape memory metal actuation

ENTERTAINMENT GATHERING, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
Invited talk on paper-based electronic artworks

PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN, New York, NY
Guest lecture on soft circuits, paper-based electronics and shape memory alloys

 
2010 WORLD MAKER FAIRE, New York Hall of Science, New York, NY
Taught and presented painted circuits workshops as part of High-Low Tech’s exhibit

DORKBOT NEW YORK, Location One, New York, NY
Invited talk on Electronic Popables book

WE LOVE TECHNOLOGY, Lovebytes, Sheffield, UK
Video presentation on Electronic Popables book

 
2009 GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN COMPUTING, Tucson, AZ
Invited panelist on the importance of undergraduate research

ARS ELECTRONICA, Linz, Austria
Electronic Popables featured as part of the MIT Media Lab exhibit

BAY AREA MAKER FAIRE, San Mateo, CA
Presented the littleBits project

 
2008 AROUND THE COYOTE FALL ART FESTIVAL, Plumbers Hall, Chicago, IL
Juried group exhibition; selected for Curator’s Choice Award

CREATIVE CARTOGRAPHIES, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
Juried group exhibition featuring DNA collages

CALCULATING ART: MATHEMATICS IN THE VISUAL FIELD,
Maloney Art Gallery, Morristown, NJ
Juried group exhibition featuring pattern and fractal collages

Research &
Design
Experience

2010 to present PAPER BASED ELECTRONICS FOR CREATIVE EXPRESSION
High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
advisor Dr. Leah Buechley
Investigate techniques for integrating circuits and programming with paper in order to create expressive and personally meaning technologies. Teach workshops and classes to share and test techniques.
 
2008 to 2010 littleBits
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, NY
artist Ayah Bdeir
Produced and maintained electronic and computational artworks. Designed and fabricated electronic circuits for littleBits, an open source modular electronics project.
 
2009 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MICROFLUIDICS ARTWORK
Lab for Microscale Transport Phenomena at Columbia University, New York, NY
advisor Dr. Daniel Attinger
Created microscale artworks using photolithography and casting microfluidic channels

DISTRIBUTED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES
High-Low Tech group at MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
advisor Dr. Leah Buechley
Designed and fabricated Electronic Popables, an electronic pop-up book of paper-based sensors and actuators

 
2008 SCULPTURE STUDIO INTERNSHIP
Lumenhouse Studio, Brooklyn, NY
artist Aurora Robson
Fabricated and assembled sculptural installations from recycled plastic

INDEPENDENT STUDY & SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Microscale Biocomplexities Lab at Columbia University, New York, NY
advisor Dr. Lance Kam
Cell signaling research using wet lab techniques. Performed microcontact printing, slide preparation, cell culture, fluorescence microscopy and data analysis

Teaching
Experience

2012 SANTA FE INSTITUTE, Santa Fe, NM
Guest lecture and workshop for GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) y Girls program

EXPLORATORIUM, San Francisco, CA
Artist in residence

BMW GUGGENHEIM LAB, Berlin, Germany
Designed and taught workshops on paper electronics, reverse engineering and programming

3RD WARD, Brooklyn, NY
Co-teaching workshop: electronic pop-ups

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, RI
Wintersession course: Beginner electronics through paper-based circuits

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA
IAP Course:  Paper-based electronics for creative expression

 
2011 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, RI
Guest workshop for Form + Communication class: Paper-based electronic pop-ups

GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN COMPUTING, Portland, OR
Co-taught workshop: Expressive electronics for computer scientists: introduction to e-textiles

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFT, Deer Isle, ME
Teaching assistant: Interactive objects in Wood class

CESARE POLLINI CONSERVATORY & IUAV UNIVERSITY OF VENICE, Padova, Italy
Co-taught workshop: Sounding Popables workshop in paper-driven sonic narrative

MIT MUSEUM, Cambridge, MA
Co-taught workshop for the Cambridge Science Festival: Electric origami flapping cranes

 
2010 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, Electrical Engineering Department, New York, NY
Teaching assistant and lab assistant: E1101 Digital Information Age

Publications

2012 Qi, J. and Buechley, L. 2012. Animating paper with shape memory alloys. Upcoming in Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI).

S. Monache, D. Rocchesso, A. Gotzen, J. Qi, L. Buechley, and D. Cestaro. 2012. Paper mechanisms for sonic interaction. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied interaction (Kingston, ON, Canada,February 19-22, 2012). TEI ‘12. ACM, New York, NY.

 
2011 N. Freed, J. Qi, C. Sylla and P. Branco. 2011.  Beyond the binding: exploring the future book. 2011. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 445-446.

N. Freed, J. Qi, A. Setapen, C. Breazeal, L. Buechley, and H. Raffle. 2011.  Sticking together: handcrafting personalized communication interfaces. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC), Ann Arbor, Michigan, pp. 238-241.

D. Rosner, H. Perner-Wilson, J. Qi and L. Buechley. 2010. Fine binding meets electronics. Fine bookbinding meets electronics. In Proceedings of the fifth international conference on Tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction (TEI ’11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 345-348.

 
2010 M. Sukan, O. Oda, X. Shi, M. Entrena, S. Sadalgi, J. Qi and S. Feiner. 2010.  ARmonica: a collaborative sonic environment. In Adjunct proceedings of the 23nd annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST ’10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 401-402.

J. Qi, and L. Buechley. 2010. Electronic Popables: exploring paper-based computing through an interactive pop-up book. In Proceedings of the Fourth international Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied interaction (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, January 24 – 27, 2010). TEI ‘10. ACM, New York, NY, 121-128.

 
2008 Shen, K., Qi, J., and Kam, L.C., Microcontact Printing of Proteins for Cell Biology, JoVE 22. (2008).

Awards &
Fellowships

2011 to present NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOW
 
2010 STEVEN R. HOLTZMAN FELLOW for Digital Expression
PI TAU SIGMA mechanical engineering honor society member
 
2009 ENGINEERING ARTS GRANT from Columbia University
DISTRIBUTED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES at MIT Media Lab
 
2008 SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP at Columbia University
 

Technical
Skills

SOFTWARE: Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver; EAGLE Layout Editor; Rhino, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER; LabVIEW
 
PROGRAMMING: C, Java, MATLAB; Max/MSP, Processing; familiar with HTML, CSS, PHP, XNA Game Studio
 
HARDWARE: microcontroller programming in assembly, C, Arduino; digital and analog electronics design and fabrication, PCB design; mechatronics; paper-based electronics and e-textiles
 
FABRICATION: laser cutting, vinyl cutting, CNC milling, waterjet, 3D printing; wood shop, metal shop; welding