2019 –
University of Tokyo,
School of Information and Communication Engineering, Tokyo, Japan
Project assistant professor
2017 –
MIT Media Lab,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Research Affiliate
2017 –
Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society,
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, MA
Fellow (2017 – 2018), Affiliate (2018 – 2019)


2012 –
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
Doctorate of Philosophy in Media Arts and Sciences
Advisor: Joseph Paradiso, Responsive Environments Group
Thesis: Paper Electronics: Circuits on Paper for Learning and Creative Expression
Committee: Joseph Paradiso, Leah Buechley, Edith Ackerman
2010 –
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences
Advisor: Leah Buechley, High Low Tech Group
Thesis: The Fine Art of Electronics: Paper-based Circuits for Creative Expression
Readers: Leah Buechley, Erik Demaine, Jan Baker
2006 –
Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, New York, NY
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


2018 –
Founder and Author
With Carol Lin, May Qi, Ira Winder: teaching patent law using panda comics and real-life stories; connecting creators to free legal help
2017 –
Technolojie, Cambridge, MA
Founder and Principal
Design, engineering, consulting
2014 –
Chibitronics, Singapore
Cofounder and Creative Director
With Andrew “bunnie” Huang and Patricia Ng: design toolkits that blend circuits, code and paper craft; teach workshops and outreach
2016 –
Lifelong Kindergarten, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
Postdoctoral Associate
With Mitchell Resnick: research creative learning approaches that combine programming with physical making
2011 &
Exploratorium Tinkering Studio, San Francisco, CA
Build paper electronics artworks and lead workshops on museum floor
2013PCH International, Shenzhen, China
Electronics fabrication intern
Research socially and environmentally sustainable manufacturing
2008 –
Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, New York, NY
Electronics design intern
With Ayah Bdeir: prototype and build littleBits modular electronics toolkit


Paper Electronics
Explore the intersection of traditional paper craft, bookmaking and storytelling practices with contemporary digital technologies and interactivity
Open Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Investigate open approaches to intellectual property and entrepreneurship and create accessible legal resources for independent creators
Creative Learning & Diversity in Tech
Design toolkits that facilitate creative learning experiences and engage more diverse audiences in making their own expressive, personally meaningful technologies


2018 Mass Manufacturing of Self-Actuating Robots: Integrating Sensors and Actuators using Flexible Electronics
Dementyev, A., Qi, J., Ou, J. and Paradiso, J. A. In Proceedings of 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).
2018 Light it up: using paper circuitry to enhance low-fidelity paper prototypes for children
Hershman, A., Nazare, J., Qi, J., Saveski, M., Roy, D. and Resnick, M. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 365-372.
2018 Chibitronics in the Wild: Engaging New Communities in Creating Technology with Paper Electronics
Qi,J., Buechley, L., Huang, A., Ng,P., Cross, S. and Paradiso, J. A. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 252, 11 pages.
2017 Code Collage: Tangible Programming On Paper with Circuit Stickers
Qi, J., Demir, A. and Paradiso, J. A. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1970-1977.
2015 Crafting technology with circuit stickers
Qi, J. , Huang, A. and Paradiso, J. 2015. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 438-441.
2014 2013 e-textile swatchbook exchange: the importance of sharing physical work
Hertenberger, A., Scholz, B., Stewart, B., Kurbak, E., Perner-Wilson, H., Posch, I., Cabral, I., Qi, J., Childs, K., Kuusk, K., Calder, L., Toeters, M., Kisand, M., Bhömer, M., Donneaud, M., Grant, M., Coleman, M., Satomi, M., Tharakan, M., Vierne, P., Robertson, S., Taylor, S. and Nachtigall, T. R. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers: Adjunct Program (ISWC ’14 Adjunct). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 77-81.
2014 Sketching in circuits: designing and building electronics on paper
Qi, J. and Buechley, L. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1713-1722.
2014 Circuit stickers: peel-and-stick construction of interactive electronic prototypes
Hodges, s., Villar, N., Chen, N., Chugh, T., Qi, J., Nowacka, D. and Kawahara, Y. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1743-1746.
2013 Bridging books: the printed book as a support for digital experiences
Pinto, A. L., Zagalo, N., Sylla, C., Freed, N., Figueiredo, A. C., Qi, J., Branco, P. and Coquet, E. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 606-609.
2013 Microcontrollers as material: crafting circuits with paper, conductive ink, electronic components, and an untoolkit
Mellis, D. A., Jacoby, S., Buechley, L., Perner-Wilson, H. and Qi, J. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 83-90.
2012 Paper mechanisms for sonic interaction
Monache, S., Rocchesso, Gotzen, D. A., Qi, J., Buechley, L. and Cestaro, D. 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 Beyond the binding: exploring the future book
Freed, N., Qi, J., Sylla, C. and Branco, P. Proceedings of the 8th ACM conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ‘11), 445-446
2011 Sticking together: handcrafting personalized communication interfaces
Freed, N., Qi, J., Setapen, A., Breazeal, C., Buechley, L. and Raffle, H. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC), Ann Arbor, Michigan, pp. 238-241.
2011 Fine bookbinding meets electronics
Rosner, D.K., Perner-Wilson, H., Qi, J. and Buechley, L. Proceedings of the fifth international conference on Tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. TEI ‘11. Pages 345-348
2010 Electronic Popables: exploring paper-based computing through an interactive pop-up book
Qi, J. and Buechley, L. In Proceedings of the Fourth international Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied interaction. TEI ‘10. ACM, New York, NY, 121-128.
2010 ARmonica: a collaborative sonic environment
Sukan, M., Oda, O., Shi, X., Entrena, M., Sadalgi, S., Qi, J. and Feiner, S. In Adjunct proceedings of the 23nd annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST). ACM, New York, NY 401-402.
2008 Microcontact printing of proteins for cell biology
Shen, K., Qi, J. and Kam, L.C. Journal of visualized experiments (JoVE). MyJoVE Corporation, 22.