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About Ali Shtarbanov : Ali Shtarbanov is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher and Ph.D. student at MIT Media Lab. He develops platforms, tools, and enabling technologies that empower makers, researchers, designers, and artists with new technological opportunities to rapidly bring projects and ideas to life, enabling them to create the futures they envision. Ali's primary mission is to make opportunities for creativity, prototyping, and innovation more seamless and more accessible for people from all technical and all socioeconomic backgrounds.
ORGANIZATION:
MIT Media Lab

EDUCATION:
2022, Human Computer Interaction, PhD, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge/USA.
2018, Media Arts and Sciences, MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge/USA.
2015, Electrical Engineering, BS, Lehigh University, Bethlehem/USA
2015, Physics, BA, Lehigh University, Bethlehem/USA

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2019, "The Bees of Science", MIT Media Lab, Cambridge/MA
2019, "Bubble", ACM CHI Conference, Glasgow/UK.

AWARDS:
2021, 1st Place, ACM CHI'21 Student Research Competition.
2021, Silver, A'Design Award for Scientific Instruments and Research Equipment.
2020, Best Poster Award, IROS Workshop on Application‑Oriented Modeling and Control of Soft Robotics

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
2021, "FlowIO Development Platform – the Pneumatic “Raspberry Pi” for Soft Robotics", ACM CHI'21, Yokohama/Japan
2020, "Introducing FlowIO – Modular, Integrated Development Platform for Soft Robotics", IROS 2020 Workshop Paper.
2020, "Wearable Sanitizer: Design and Implementation of an Open-source, On-body Sanitizer", SIGGRAPH Asia
2019, "Bubble: Wearable assistive grasping augmentation based on soft inflatables", ACM CHI'19, Glasgow/UK
2018, "Free-space haptic feedback for 3d displays via air-vortex rings" ACM CHI'18, Montreal/Canada
2018, "AirTap: Multimodal Interactive Interface Platform with Free-Space Cutaneous Haptic Feedback via Toroidal Air-Vortices", MS Thesis, MIT, Cambridge/USA

ACCOLADES:
Summa Cum Laude, top 1%, Lehigh University (BSEE & BA)
Lehigh University Presidential Scholarship, full tuition covered
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Francis du Pont Memorial Prize
Sherman Fairchild Fellowship
Lee Iacocca Fellowship

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English (native),
Bulgarian (native)
Russian (beginner)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
C/C++, JavaScript, PHP, Python, HTML/CSS, Verilog
Autodesk EAGLE, SolidWorks, Fusion360, Photoshop, Illustrator, Unity3D
Object Oriented Design, Design of APIs and Libraries, System Architecture Design

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
(1 place winner) Application-Oriented Modelling and Control of Soft Robots, IROS 2020
(leader) Intro to Soft Robotics Workshop at Ferrara Italy, Jan. 2020
(leader) Intro to Soft Robotics Workshop at MIT Media Lab, Nov. 2019
(presenter) Mid-Air Haptics for Control Interfaces, CHI 2018
(TA) graduate course, How to Make Almost Anything, MAS.863, 2016-2018

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
CHI 2021
IROS 2020
CHI 2019
CHI 2018

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2019, Reviewer for IEEE HAVE 2019
2019, Judge for 35 Innovators Under 35, Europe (MIT Technology Review)
2018, MIT Hacking Arts Competition and Hackathon

PORTFOLIO URL:
http://shtarbanov.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2021-02-25 23:41:12

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Academic Collaboration

Awards received by Ali Shtarbanov


Flowio Pneumatics Development Platform

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Scientific Instruments and Research Equipment Design Category in 2020
Ali Shtarbanov for Ali Shtarbanov, Mit Media Lab

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