PhD candidate and research assistant at MIT Media Lab
Valentin Heun is a PhD candidate and research assistant at MIT Media Lab, where his research focuses on new computer interaction metaphors for the physical space. He is interested in transferring benefits from our shared digital experiences to our physical reality. Currently, he is using his interdisciplinary design and engineering skills to build tools that empower designers. His works have been published in academic conferences such as Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP, 2012, 2013), SIGGRAPH Asia (SA, 2012), Tangible Embodied and Embedded Interaction (TEI, 2013), Computer Human Interaction conference (CHI, 2013) and User Interface Software and Technology (UIST, 2014). He has been interviewed by online media outlets such as Fast Company, Vice, Verge, Wired, Core77, PSFK, the Daily Dot, Stylepark, Makezine and Boston Globe; received the 2012 SIGGRAPH Asia Emerging Technologies Prize, was awarded by Wired UK to the Smart List 2013, Postscapes 2016 Editors Choice Award for IoT Software & Tools, a finalist for the Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Award and his work was named by Fast Company as Boldest Ideas in User Interface Design 2015. He works closely with industry collaborators such as Steelcase, Audi, Lego, Qualcomm, Sony and NEC to create a new human interaction experience with everyday objects. His talks and workshops are valued by international organizations such as WeSchool Bombay, Royal College of Art London, MIT Sloan School Executive Programs, O’Reilly Media, Natura Cosméticos and Deutsche Telekom. Valentin holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the German Diplom in Design from the Bauhaus-University Weimar. He was an NEC fellow and EXIST scholar.