Introducing Xiao Xiao: Inventor, Artist, Human Computer Interaction Researcher, and Spring 2016 Taylor Visiting Scholar

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The Taylor Center announces Xiao Xiao as the Spring ‘16 Taylor Visiting Scholar. Xiao Xiao will be leading the module: Smash Course: Prototyping Interactivity for Music, Movement, and Medicine. This module will introduce a set of techniques for prototyping interactive devices and applications culminating in a final project.

Xiao Xiao is an inventor, artist, and human computer interaction researcher. As a lifelong pianist, she designs and builds technologies for more effective and enjoyable music learning. Her research also examines how the art of music performance may inspire the design of more engaging experiences with digital information. Xiao’s work been published at various international academic conferences, such as CHI, TEI, NIME, and has been featured on television in the U.S. and abroad. Venues where she has spoken include: TEDxBoston, TEDxSan Diego, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Xiao Xiao will be in residence at the Taylor Center during February and March of 2016.

In collaboration with SE Professor Lars Gilbertson and others, Xiao Xiao will be holding a series of workshops on ideation and prototyping techniques from the MIT Media Lab. The workshops will cover basic hardware and software programming as well as sketching, physical prototyping, and video prototyping/documentation. To provide context for students’ own designs, tools and methods will be introduced in conjunction with some short lectures on the intersection music, movement, and medicine. See the workshop description and information below:

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Xiao Xiao (萧潇) spent her first 8 years in China, the next 10 in New Orleans, and most of the rest on the campus of MIT. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, where she completed an M.S. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT with a minor in Architecture.

See (and experience) some of Xiao Xiao’s work below, including a performance from the P3+ exhibit at Historic New Orleans Collection featuring Mr. Allen Toussaint: