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About Harpreet Singh Sareen : Harpreet Sareen is a scientist, artist and educator based in New York. His work is situated at the intersection of Material Science, Biology and Electronics and draws on the complementary abilities of the biological and artificial worlds. Harpreet terms this as 'Convergent Design' to create hybrid substrates and bionic materials that lend themselves for future ecological machinery, sensing systems and interaction design.



Harpreet is an Assistant Professor of Interaction and Media Design at Parsons School of Design, New York. He also directs the Synthetic Ecosystems Lab that focusses on biological futures, their implications in interaction design, and the cybernetics of organisms and materials.


Harpreet earned a graduate degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab and has previously lived and worked in the Austria, India, Japan, Singapore and USA. His experience spans corporate research wings, studios, museums to academic centers having previously worked at Google Creative Lab, Microsoft Research, MIT Media Lab, Ars Electronica Museum, National University of Singapore, Keio University and more. His projects are often a synergistic integration of robotics, software, electronics for prototype or final interactive experiences.



Harpreet has previously been named as MIT Technology Review Under 35 Innovator (2013), awarded Genpact-NASSCOM National Social Innovation Honour and other recognitions from Microsoft. His academic work has been published at peer-reviewed conferences like CHI, UIST and HCI journals; and his artwork has been showcased at Beijing Biennale, Ars Electronica Festival, MIT Museum and more. He has also been invited to TEDx venues and lectures internationally in universities or innovation centers.
ORGANIZATION:
Parsons School of Design

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Abrasive wheel former Industrial production, manufacture, metal

EDUCATION:
2017, Media Arts and Sciences, M.S.
MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston USA

EXPERIENCE:
Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York City, NY. Assistant Professor, Interaction and Media Design

Google Creative Lab, Google Dec 2017 – May 2018 Creative Technologist/Hardware Interaction Designer

MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sep 2017 – Present. Research Affiliate at Fluid Interfaces Group

MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Aug 2015 – Aug 2017. Graduate Research Assistant. Fluid Interfaces Group.

xLab, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University SFC. Visiting Researcher. Japan Science and Technology Agency ERATO Project.

Keio-NUS CUTE Research Center, National University of Singapore NUS. Research Assistant. Augmented Learning.

Ars Electronica FutureLab. Researcher-in-Residence. Interaction Ecology.

Moonraft Innovation Labs Oct 2012 – Nov 2014 Bengaluru. Creative Engineering Lead. Emerging Media Division

Microsoft Research Labs Jan 2012 – Aug 2012 Bengaluru, IN. Research Intern. Advanced Development Group

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
2020 Science Gallery Bengaluru, Bengaluru, India
“In-Vivo Quantum Dot Sensors for Water Monitoring” Dec-Jan

2019 Tower Hill Botanical Gardens Growbots, Boston, USA ”Elowan: Swarm of Plant-Robot” Hybrids Oct-Nov

2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Argus, Austin, USA ”Argus: Water Monitoring through Living Plants” Mar 9th-11th

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2019 Ars Electronica Festival Out of the Box - Post-City, Linz, Austria “Floral Cosmonauts” September 4th - 8th

2019 Ars Electronica Festival Out of the Box – Post-City, Linz, Austria “Fluorovine” September 4th - 8th

2018 Suzhou Hanshan Art Museum Elowan, Suzhou, China ”Elowan: A Plant-Robot Hybrid” Nov

2017 CHI Interactivity FaceDisplay, Denver, USA
”FaceDisplay: Enabling Multi-User Interaction for Mobile Virtual Reality May 6th-13th

2015 MIT Media Lab 30th Anniversary ViewCast, Cambridge, USA
ViewCast: Gaze activation and control system for everyday objects October 28th - 29th

2014 Ars Electronica Festival Future Playground, Linz, Austria
Quadrocopter Gaming Experiences in Indoor Environments September 4th - 8th

2014 Honeywell International Symposium, Bengaluru, India
Retail devices as carriers of information August 18th - 20th

2014 PluggedIn Innovation Zone, Bengaluru, India
Interactive Appliances – Smart Table November 14th - 16th

2014 CeBIT Research & Innovation, Hannover Germany
Personalized AR Invitation Popup Brochure March 10th - 14th

2014 WPP Stream Tech Labs, Jaipur, India
Vertigo – Spatial Augmented Gaming February 12th- 15th

2014 WPP Stream Tech Labs, Jaipur, India
In-store Comparison Shopping Table February 12th- 15th

2013 Mahindra e20 Reva Launch Event, India & Nepal
Live the Reva – Projection Mapping March 18th, August 14th

2012 MIT Museum MIT, Boston, USA
Rivers of Ice (Rich Interactive Narratives) April 13th Duration: 1 year

2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Redmond, USA
Mount Everest Exhibit Kiosk - Rich Interactive Narratives July 16th- 17th

2012 MSR TechFest Multilingual Systems, Redmond USA
Search Engine Query Segmentation and Evaluation March 6th - 7th

2012 Techshare Innovation Zone, Delhi, India
Web@ssist - Cloud based accessibility solutions February 6th - 7th

2011 Microsoft World Festival Imagine Cup, New York USA
Adaptive Cloud Interfaces July 8th – 13th

2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup National Finals, Delhi, India
Web@ssist - Towards a truly inclusive Web April 4th - 8th

2010 Microsoft Imagine Cup Demo Day, Bengaluru, India
Multimodal learning for resource constrained schools April 28th - 29th

EVENTS:
China Academy of Art – Special Talk
Design for non-humans / Convergent Design

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, Boston, USA Nature:Evolution, Culture:Revolution. Oct

Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China Nature:Evolution, Culture:Revolution Oct

Zhejiang University, Zhenjiang, China Interaction Design with Nature. Nov

Ningbo Unviersity, Ningbo, China Interaction Design with Nature. Nov

Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Bioelectronic Media and Affordances of Interaction. Nov

MIT Media Lab, All Hands-on Deck, Ocean Exploration Initiative, Cambridge, USA Interactive Aquatics Oct

Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing China Digital Nature. Sep 12

Communication University of China, Beijing, China.
Augmented Nature: Interaction through bio-electronic plants Sep 15

Sketching in Hardware, Detroit, USA Cyborg Botany July 31 – Aug 2.

Presenter, Conference on Human Factors in Computing
Printing Human-Scale, Functional and Dynamic Inflatable Objects May 6-13.

TEDx, Narsee Monjee College of Management Studies NMIMS, Bengaluru India Different Strokes March 1st.

Microsoft Youth Spark Live Panelist with GM, Microsoft India and VP, Microsoft Worldwide Innovation and Entrepreneurship May 21st.

Microsoft TechEd, Bengaluru – IN
Rendezvous with leadership and Web@ssist product demos. March 21st.

NASSCOM India Leadership Forum, Mumbai – IN
Invited for Panel Discussion on Social Innovation moderated by Genpact CEO. February 15th.

Techshare India, Delhi – IN
Invited to present Web@ssist for Innovation Zone demos. February 6th.

AWARDS:
Fast Company World Changing Ideas (Experimental Category) Top 10
37th Computer Human Interaction (CHI) Conference Golden Mouse Award
Fast Company Innovation by Design (Experimental Category) Top 10
22nd Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. Winner. Speculative Design.
9th Annual Pan-India Community Awards for Research & Education. In presence of President of Kenya MIT TR35 Under 35 Young Innovator India Technology Review List
National Social Innovation Honour by IT Minister of India and NASSCOM leadership


National Winner (1st), Microsoft Imagine Cup India Software Design out 100,000 students 2011
National Runners-up (2nd), Microsoft Imagine Cup India Accessibility Innovation Award 2011
Worldwide Finalist (1st), Represented India amongst 70 countries at New York 2011
Best Challenge Paper Award, ACM endorsed W4A Conference 2011
National Runners-up (3rd), Microsoft Imagine Cup India Software Design out of 85,000 students 2010
National Winner, Windows 7 Award, Microsoft Imagine Cup 2010
National Winner, Internet Explorer 8 Award, Microsoft Imagine Cup 2010
Letter of Appreciation, Government of Punjab for Educational Technology initiatives 2010

PRESS APPEARANCES:
DE TIJD 2017 "Who is afraid of the future” Apr 29
The Sunday Guardian 2012 “Disabled-friendly software makes the Web accessible” December 2
India Today 2013 "Harpreet has transformed the web for the disabled" November 11
The WEEK 2013 "Creating a real impact for a better tomorrow" November 7
Economic Times 2013 "Tech Start-ups churn out innovative products for differently-abled" June 25 Hindustan Times 2013 “Patiala boy makes it to the prestigious TR35 list” December 2
Science Mag 2012 “Mountains of Data” August 17
Times of India 2012 "Imagine!" April 2
Education Times 2012 Interview for "Imagine!" April 2
Business Standard 2012 "Social innovators seek to balance economic sustainability and impact" February 15 The WEEK 2011 "Change agents" November 20
Innovate Microsoft IDC Mag 2011 “Brimming with innovation” June Issue
The Tribune India 2011 "Another aid for visually impaired" May 13
Punjabi Tribune 2011 “Young researchers honoured for their software solution” May 6
The Times of India 2011 “Tech students ace Microsoft s contest” May 1
Hindustan 2011 “Students showcase their technology for differently abled May 12
Dainik Bhaskar 2011 “Rescuers to the disabled s web” May 4
Daily Ajit 2011 “Students develop solution for visually impaired to use web” May 2
Education Times 2011 “Tech grads from Punjabi University make software for disabled” May 1
Hindustan 2011 “Youngsters come forward to make our life easier” April 29
Microsoft India Press Release 2011 “Project synopsis: Prakash ESP” April 28
Campus Mag 2010 “Team proves its mettle with educational softwares” August Issue
Hindustan Times 2010 "Thinking Tough" May 7
Indian Express 2010 “Students shine at tech competition” May 5
The Opinion 2010 “Inferno emerges amongst nationwide champs” May 3

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
(In Progress) Tan Z and Sareen H. "L/R Touch: Design of Dual Channel Haptics for Accessible Bimanual Interaction on Touch Screens" Proceedings of the 2020 International conference on Multimodal Interaction. Utrecht, Netherlands. October 25.
(In Progress) Zhou R and Sareen H. "TactorBot: Design of an Expressive Robotic Interface" Proceedings of the 2020 International conference on Multimodal Interaction. Utrecht, Netherlands. October 25.
Zhou R and Sareen H. "EmotiTactor: Emotional Expression of Robotic Physical Contact" Proceedings of the 2020 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference. ACM, 2020. Eindhoven, Netherlands. July 6.
Sareen H and Maes P. "Cyborg Botany: Exploring In-Planta Cybernetic Systems for Interaction." Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2019. Glasgow, Scotland. May 4-9 2019.
Sareen H, Zheng J, and Maes P. "Cyborg Botany: Augmented Plants as Sensors, Displays and Actuators" Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2019. Glasgow, Scotland. May 4-9 2019. Golden Mouse Award
Gugenheimer, J., Stemasov, E., Sareen, H., & Rukzio, E. March 2018. A Demonstration of FaceDisplay: Asymmetric Multi-User Interaction for Mobile VR. In 2018 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR) pp. 753-754. IEEE.
Gugenheimer J., Stemasov E., Sareen H, Rukzio E. May 2017. FaceDisplay: Towards Asymmetric Multi-User Interaction for Nomadic Virtual Reality. In Proceedings CHI 2018 (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 2018. May 6-11, 2017. CHI ’17. ACM New York, NY.
Sareen Harpreet, Udayan Umapathi, Patrick Shin, Yasuaki Kakehi, Jifei Ou, Pattie Maes, Hiroshi Ishii. May 2017. Printflatables: Printing Human-scale, Functional and Dynamic Inflatable Objects. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Denver, US, May 6-11, 2017. CHI ’17. ACM New York, NY.

WEB SITE:
harpreetsareen.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
https://www.newschool.edu/parsons/faculty/harpreet
-sareen/

REGISTRATION DATE:
2020-06-11 05:37:14

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Academic

Awards received by Harpreet Singh Sareen


Argus Nanosensors Inside Plants

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Cybernetics, Prosthesis and Implant Design Category in 2020
Harpreet Singh Sareen for Parsons School of Design

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