Interaction Researcher and Designer, MIT Media Lab
Working at the intersection of materials, chemistry, and robotics, Viirj Kan develops interfaces that connect humans to a broad range of systems. Currently at MIT Media Lab, she translates molecular signals to human senses – environmental information to user experience. Utilizing organic compounds from food, she develops smart biomaterials that change color, scent and form in response to chemical stimuli.
Prior to joining MIT, Viirj conducted human-robot interaction research at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and worked as a freelance design consultant. Her work has been featured on Fast Company, CNN, Vice, MIT News and the Museum of Fine Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.