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About Jifei Ou : Jifei Ou (欧冀飞) is a designer, researcher and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab, where he focuses on designing and fabricating transformable materials across scales (from μm to m). Physical materials are usually considered as static, passive, and permanent. Jifei is interested in finding ways to redesign physical materials with the characteristics of digital information, such as the ability to change shape and and to be programmable. Such new materials could be used to construct a responsive living environment, accelerate the process of design and manufacturing, and enhance our existing interaction with products. As much as his work is informed by digital technology, he is inspired in equal measure by the natural world around him. He has been leading projects that study bio-mimicry and bio-derived materials to design shape-changing packaging, garments and furniture.

An adventurer at heart, Jifei was born and raised in southwest China and has brought his design practice and scientific research to Asia, Europe and the U.S. His works have been published in academic conferences such as User Interface Software and Technology (UIST, 2013 & 2016), Tangible Embodied and Embedded Interaction (TEI, 2014 & 2016) and Computer-Human Interaction (CHI, 2015 & 2016); interviewed and featured in publications such as Forbes, Discovery and Science Friday; awarded by design competitions such as A’ Design Award (2016), IXDA award (2016), CORE77 design award (2015), iF design award (2015), etc. He has been organizing workshops on shape-shifting materials with researchers, high school students and artists around the world. He is also deeply involved in the manufacturing community in Shenzhen in order to facilitate the real world application of his research.

Jifei holds an MS from the MIT Media Lab and a Diplom in Design from the Offenbach University of Art and Design in Germany.
ORGANIZATION:
MIT Media Lab

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
Espacio Fundación Telefónica, 3D, Printing the World | Cilllia | Madrid, Spain | In preparation, 2017
Centre Pompidou, Imprimer le monde | Cilllia | Paris, France | 2017
Centre Pompidou, Imprimer le monde | bioLogic | Paris, France | 2017
ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER, Radical Atoms | jamSheets | Linz, Austria | SEPT 2016 - JUN 2017
ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER, Radical Atoms | PneUI | Linz, Austria | SEPT 2016 - JUN 2017
ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER, Radical Atoms | bioLogic | Linz, Austria | SEPT 2016 - JUN 2017
MIT Media Lab, 30th Anniversary | bioLogic | Cambridge, MA, USA | OCT - DEC 2015
BMW Museum Exhibition, The line of Beauty | algo:rythm | Munich, Germany | OCT 2011 - MAR 2012
DMY | inStory | Berlin, Germany | JUN 2011
Euromold Fair | DaDa Box | Frankfurt, Germany | DEC 2010
Luminale | JingHua | Frankfurt, Germany | APR 2010

AWARDS:
DAAD Outstanding Foreign Student Grant| 2012
YouFab Design Award Finalist | Cilllia | 2017
Innovation by Design Winner | bioLogic | 2016
Innovation by Design Finalist | jamSheets | 2016
A' Design Award Platium | bioLogic | 2016
IXDA Design Award Finalist | jamSheets | 2015
Core 77 Interaction Student Notable Award | jamSheets | 2015
Core 77 Interaction Community Choice Prize | jamSheets | 2015
iF Student Design Awards Finalist | jamSheets | 2015
ADC Nachwuchwettbewerbe Jury Nomination | JingHua | 2011

PRESS APPEARANCES:
PRINT | MIT Technology Review | OCT 2016
PRINT | FRAME | OCT 2016
PRINT | ACM Interactions | APR 2014
ONLINE | MIT NEWS | JUN 2016
ONLINE | CNN | JUN 2016
ONLINE | FastCoDesign | MAY 2016
ONLINE | Discovery | MAY 2016
ONLINE | The Creator's Projects | MAY 2016
ONLINE | Forbes | AUG 2014
ONLINE | Science Friday | MAR 2014

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2017 Core77 Design Competition

WEB SITE:
http://oujifei.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2016-09-26 17:32:33

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Academic

Awards received by Jifei Ou


Cilllia 3d Hair Generator

Golden A' Design Award Winner for Generative, Algorithmic and Parametric Design Category in 2016
Jifei Ou - MIT Media Lab for Tangible Media Group, Mit Media Lab
Cilllia 3d Printing Hair

Golden A' Design Award Winner for 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category in 2016
Jifei Ou - MIT Media Lab for Tangible Media Group, Mit Media Lab

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