User Interface Design
User interface plays a significant role in interaction activities. We attempt to bridge different disciplines, including EECS, design, robotics, material science and engineering, psychology, etc., to explore new possibilities in user interface design.
Research topics include: tangible and actuated tangible UI, shape-changing UI, non-rigid UI, liquid-driven UI, haptics, etc.
Human Robot Interaction
HRI research aims to users’ perception and interaction experience while interacting with a robot. Many non-technical aspects will also affect such perception and experience. We apply interdisciplinary method to study various effects on and applications for human-robot interactions.
Research topics include: educational robots, robot and children, swarm robots, robot/animatronics for stage performance, cultural aspects in HRI, etc.
Arts & Crafts
We attempt to adopt cutting-edge interaction technologies for digital fabrication design, interactive arts and crafts. We also get inspired by the rich history of traditional Chinese arts and crafts.
Research topics include: Digital fabrication, Interactive narrative, interactive space, new traditional crafts art that utilizing new technology.
“To bridge art and technology,
to connect traditions and modern,
and to link human and artifacts”
Media and Interaction Lab (MI Lab) of Tsinghua University, directed by assoc. prof. Haipeng Mi, is an interdisciplinary research lab. Recent research topics focus interface design, human-robot interaction and interactive media and art.
Students of MI Lab come with different backgrounds. They are encouraged to conduct problem-driven research and to explore design possibilities in a wide context. Especially, We pay close attention to relations between human and technology, culture and traditions. We pursue high quality research achievements, as well as positive social impact.
MI Lab is operated under administration and supervision of Department of Information Art and Design, Academy of Arts and Design, and the Future Lab of Tsinghua University.