Hiroshi Ishii

“Transform: Beyond Pixels, Towards Radical Atoms”

This lecture was part of the CMU University Lecture Series and the School of Design’s Design the Future Lecture Series.

Hiroshi_IshiiToday’s technologies will become obsolete in one year, and today’s applications will be replaced in 10 years, but true visions can last longer than 100 years. Tangible Bits and Radical Atoms are driven by vision. Tangible Bits seeks to realize seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment by giving physical form to digital information, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible. Radical Atoms takes a leap beyond Tangible Bits by assuming a hypothetical generation of materials that can change form and properties dynamically, becoming as reconfigurable as pixels on a screen. Dr. Ishii will present the trajectory of the vision-driven design research from Tangible Bits towards Radical Atoms, and a variety of interaction design projects that were presented and exhibited in Media Arts, Design, and Science communities.

Hiroshi Ishii was named Associate Director at the Media Lab in May 2008.

He is the director of the Tangible Media Group that he founded in 1995 to pursue new visions of Human Computer Interaction (HCI): “Tangible Bits” and “Radical Atoms.” Ishii and his team have presented their visions at a variety of scientific, design and artistic venues (including ACM SIGCHI, SIGGRAPH, among many others) emphasizing that the development of vision requires the rigors of both scientific and artistic review. In 2006 Ishii was elected to the CHI Academy by ACM SIGCHI. Prior to joining the MIT Media Lab from 1988-1994, Ishii led a CSCW research group at NTT Human Interface Laboratories Japan, where he and his team invented the TeamWorkStation and the ClearBoard.

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