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Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                   Cambridge, MA                     2005-2011
Candidate  for Doctor of Philosophy in Department of  Architecture and  Planning.

Thesis on a new concept of teaching reading using multisensory gestures. Developed technology for parent-child reading, and demonstrated that parents become better storytellers and children become active learners when using this new method for literacy. Patents pending on the technology. MIT Media Lab. Advisor: Cynthai Breazeal. GPA 5.0/5.0.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                   Cambridge, MA                     2000-2002
Masters of Science in Department of  Architecture and  Planning,  earned at the MIT Media Lab.

Thesis  on  design  and testing  of  a vibrotactile interpersonal communication device. Demonstrated people use a vibrotactile channel to exhibit physical turntaking gestures during remote conversations and also invent personal encoding schemes as part of conversational expression. Advisor: Hiroshi Ishii in the Tangible Media Group.  GPA 5.0/5.0.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                   Cambridge, MA                     1993-1997
Bachelors   of  Science  in  Department   of   Mechanical Engineering

Thesis on  distributed  modeling  of manufacturing systems using neural networks (DOME). Thesis advisor: Dave Wallace. GPA  4.1/5.0  

Research / Product Development Experience

MIT Media Lab
PhD Research Assistant                                                            Cambridge, MA                   2005-2011
Research in sensory interfaces, focusing on haptic technology. Design and prototyping of novel communication devices. Published academic research papers on haptics, multisensory design, and development of novel interfacesd. Utilized product development knowledge, research methods, and design skills to create sensory experiences and products for reflection and wellness.


Motorola, Inc.
Senior Design Engineer & Haptics Research                       Cambridge, MA                     2002-2005

Experience prototyping and design of new user interface scenarios for mobile phones. Focus on presentation of concepts and rapid prototyping of experiences. Worked collaboratively on hard appearance models and demos using J2ME, audio editing software, and engineering design. FIled 4 patents on innovative communication techniques and prototypes.

  MIT Media Lab
Masters Research Assistant                                                     Cambridge, MA                     2000-2002

Designed and implemented sensorial communication devices. ComTouch is a mobile phone wrapper transmits touch as vibration and LumiTouch a digitally augmented picture frame that transmits touch as light. Presented research and prototyped demonstrations at conferences and at the Media Lab. Wrote user documentation and filed 2 intellectual property documents.
  LCS Telegraphics, Inc.
Software Engineer                                                                      Cambridge, MA                     1997-2000

Software engineer for leading pointing device driver company. Programmed drivers in C and Assembly for tablets and touchscreens. Answered developer questions about the Wintab Application Programming Interface, a specification for pointing devices in windowing environments.
  Horiba, Ltd.
Engineering and Programming Intern                                      Kyoto, Japan                      Summer 1996

Programmed a window-averaging filter in C. The purpose was to smooth the driving patterns within a user-specified tolerance for an automatic driving robot. Performed emissions tests on the robot using the new algorithm to study the improvement of emissions when driving under certain conditions.
  Cummins Engine Co.
Mechanical Engineering Intern                                                  Columbus, IN                    Summer 1995

Assisted in field test at a beta site and assisted data analysis of engine experiments. Learned how to take apart diesel engines, observe the relationship between engineers and consumers, and developed a testing database for improving efficiency by multiple engineering teams.
Patents List
Composer Circuit and Method for Encoding Device Independent Multi-modal Content,
Filed in June, 2006. Motorola, Inc.

Integrated input roller having a rotary mass actuator Filed April 2006. Motorola, Inc.

Tag for facilitating interaction with a wireless communication device, US Patent ;7,433,649 granted Oct. 2008 to Motorola, Inc.
Handheld device having multiple localized force feedback, US Patent 7,148,789 granted Dec. 2006. Inventors: Sadler, Daniel J.; Caine, Michael E.; Chang, Angela; Dai, Xunhu; Jensen, Claudia; Zindel, Daniel to Motorola, Inc.
Methods and apparatus for vibrotactile communication, US Patent 7,098,776 granted Aug. 2006.
Inventors: Chang, Angela; Ishii, Hiroshi; Gouldstone, James E.; and Schmandt, Christopher, to MIT.

Socializing Remote Communication, US Patent 6,940,493  granted Sept.2005.
Inventors: Blumberg, Bruce; Chang, Angela; Ishii, Hiroshi; Koerner, Brad; Resner, Benjamin; Wang, XingChen, to MIT.

Publications list - Refereed Conference Publications
Chang, A., Tilahun, L., Nunez, D., and Breazeal, C. Data Collection for Literacy Tablet Reading Project in Rural Ethiopia presented in June, 2014 at UNESCO Tech4Dev 2014 Conference hosted by EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland..
Chang, A., Tilahun, L., and Breazeal, C. Visualisations of Data from the LIteracy Tablet Reading Project in Rural Ethiopia presented in July, 2014 at Electronic Visualisation and the Arts London 2014, hosted by the British Computer Society. paper link

Chang, A., Mota, S. and LIeberman, H. GestureNet: A Common Sense Approach to Physical Activity Similarity, presented in July, 2014 at Electronic Visualisation and the Arts London 2014, hosted by the British Computer Society. paper link

Chang, A., Nunez, D., Roberts, T., Sengeh, D., Breazeal, C., Pre-pilot findings on developing a literacy tablet. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 471-474.
Puccini, A. M., Puccini, M., Chang, A. Acquiring educational access for neurodiverse learners through multisensory design principles. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 455-458.
Chang, A., Breazeal, C., Faridi, F., Roberts, T. , Davenport, G., Lieberman, H. and Montfort. M. Textual tinkerability: encouraging storytelling behaviors to foster emergent literacy. In CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 505-520.

Alonso, J., Chang, A., and Breazeal, C. Values Impacting the Design of an Adaptive Educational Storybook presented at the Fourth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS2011). Interactive Storytelling, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 7069, 2011, pp 350-353.

Alonso, J., Chang, A., Robert, D. and Breazeal, C. Toward a Dynamic Dramaturgy: An Art of Presentation in Interactive Storytelling in the Proceedings of Creativity & Cognition 2011 (CnC2011), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 311-312.
Chang, A. and Breazeal, C. TinkRBook: shared reading interfaces for storytelling. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 145-148.
Knight, H.; Toscano, R.; Stiehl, W.D.; Chang, A.; Yi Wang; Breazeal, C., "Real-time social touch gesture recognition for sensate robots," Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2009. IROS 2009. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on , vol., no., pp.3715,3720, Presented in St. Louis, Mo. on 10-15 Oct. 2009
Stiehl, W. Chang, A., Wistort,R., Breazeal, C. The Robotic Preschool of the Future: New Technologies for Learning and Play, Finalist in the Como 4 Children (C4C) Competition at Interaction Design and Children 2009, June 3-5, 2009, in Como, Italy.
Chang, A. 2008. Touch proxy interaction. In CHI '08 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Florence, Italy, April 05 - 10, 2008). CHI '08. ACM, New York, NY, 2665-2668.
Chang, A., Gouldstone, J., Zigelbaum, J., and Ishii, H. 2008. Pragmatic Haptics. In Proceedings of Tangible and Embedded Interaction TEI 2008 (Bonn, Germany, February 18 - 20, 2008). . ACM, New York, NY, 251-254.
Zigelbaum, J., Chang, A., Gouldstone, J., Monzen, J. J., and Ishii, H. 2008. SpeakCup: simplicity, BABL, and shape change. In Proceedings of TEI (Bonn, Germany, February 18 - 20, 2008). TEI '08. ACM, New York, NY, 145-146.
Chang, A. and Ishii, H.Zstretch: A stretchy fabric controller Presented at t NIME 2007 at NYU, NYC.
Chang, A., Zigelbaum. J, Gouldstone, J. and Ishii, H. Simplicity in Interaction design Presented by videoconference at Tangible & Embedded Interaction 2007 at LSU, Louisiana.

Chang, A. and Ishii, H. Sensorial Interfaces. Proceedings of DIS 2006, presented on June 26-28 State College, PA.

Chang, A. and O'Sullivan, C. Audio-Haptic Feedback in Mobile Phones. CHI '05 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Portland, OR, USA,  ACM Press, 2005, 1264 - 1267.

Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2002, British Museum, London  
Chang, A.O'Modhrain, S., Jacob, R., Gunther, E., & Ishii, H. ComTouch: Design of a Vibrotactile Communication Device Proceedings of the conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, and techniques (DIS '02), London, England, ACM Press, 2002, 312, 320.

April 2001 CHI 2001 Presentation of LumiTouch: An Emotional Communication Device (Short Talk) for Chang, A., Koerner, B., Resner, B., Wang, X. LumiTouch: An Emotional Communication Device. Extended Abstracts of CHI '01. Seattle, WA, USA, ACM Press, 2001, 313-314. April 2001.
Publications list - Refereed Journal Publications

Chang. A.and O'Sullivan, C An Audio-Haptic Aesthetic Framework Influenced by Visual Theory in the Proceedings of HAID 2008 in Jyväskylä, Finland.

O'Sullivan, C. and Chang. A. An Activity Classification Method for Vibrotactile Phenomena in the Proceedings of MultiVis 2006. 31 August- 1st September 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland. Lecture notes in computer science [0302-9743] O Sullivan yr:2006 vol:4129 pg:145
O'Sullivan, C. and Chang, A. Dimensional Design; Explorations of the Auditory and Haptic Correlate for the Mobile Device, Presented at the Internatioal Conference on Auditory Display, and Meeting of the ICAD. ICAD 2005: 11th International Conference on Auditory Display ; 11th Meeting of the ICAD, July 06 - 09, 2005 : Proceedings. 2005, Limerick, Ireland.
Peer Reviewed Workshop Publications
Knight, H., Chang, A., Stiehl, W.D., Toscano, R., Wang, Y. and Breazeal, C. Robot Design Rubrics for Social Gesture Categorization and User Studies with Children, presented at Human Robot Interaction (HRI 2009) Workshop Social Responsibility in HRI: Conducting our Research, Changing the World Workshop in La Jolla, CA..
Alonso, J., Chang, A., Orkin, J., and Breazeal, C. Eliciting collaborative social interactions via online games, Presented at Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2009) Workshop, in Sanabel Island, FL.
  Chang, A. and Ishii, H., Personalization for Tangible Interfaces, Presented at CHI 2007 workshop on Tangible User Interfaces in Context and Theory
Chang, A. and Ishii, H. Personalization in Reality Based Interfaces, Presented at CHI 2006 "What is the Next Generation of Human-Computer Interaction?" Workshop.
Chang, A. Kanji, Z., Ishi, H. Designing Touch-Based Communication Devices, Presented at CHI 2001, Universal Design: Towards universal access in the Information Society Workshop in Seattle, WA.

Exhibitions, Invited Talks, & Activities in the HCI and Media Art community
Taper Digital Poetry Talk at Invited Presentation at WinterHack February 26, 2022, virtually hosted by Code & Supply Hackerspace in Pittsburgh, PA.
UNESCO Tech4Dev Conference Presentation July 4-6, 2014
Chang, A., Tilahun, L., Nunez, D., and Breazeal, C., “Data Collection for Literacy Tablet Reading Project in Rural Ethiopia,” to be presented in July, 2014 at the UNESCO Tech4Dev 2014 Conference at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland
PaxEast 2013 Designing to Do Good Panelist, a panel on game design for non-traditional learners and abilities. Angela's focus was on how universal usability can be accomplished by working with people who have disabilities to make a better game. @hackcessibility March 22, 2013, Boston Convention Center.
PaxEast 2013 Ready Player Everyone! Panelist, a panel about collaboration and gaming. Angela's focus was on the importance of mentorship as a collaborative learning tool. March 23, 2013, Boston Convention Center.
Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book, Interactive Showcase hosted at MIT, May 2012,
Dangerous Readings unConference Nov 19-20, 2011
Narrative Interfaces Talks at One Laptop Per Child, Invited Talk on myinteractive storybook research. 6/14/2011
Siggraph Emerging Technologies 2006 Exhibit Coordinator for Tangibles at Play
Sensorial Communication, Colloquia Talk at Tufts Computer Science Department
CHI 2004 Conference in Vienna, Austria  Session Chair
DIS 2004 Proceedings Editor, 374 pages.
Sensorial Mobile Interfaces Presentation Talk\\ Sensing Change Conference @ Media Lab Europe \\ Dublin, Ireland  [Pix]
Extreme interfaces Conference at @MediaLabEurope  Technology Exhibition of ComTouch at Media Lab Europe

"Get in Touch" in Linz, Austria-  Ars Electronica Exhibition (TakeOver)   * musicBottles **InTouch

"Tangible Bits" in Tokyo, Japan- NTT Intercommunications Center  Art Exhibit (August '00)

Teaching and Lecturing on Sensorial Interfaces and Prototyping
Teaching Assistant
Product Engineering Processes Lab Instructor, Fall 2009 @ MIT Mechanical Engineering Dept. My team developed a robotic basketball return system using IR tracking.
Toy Design Class Lab Instructor, Fall 2008 @ MIT Mechanical Engineering Dept. Our team received top rankings for all the metrics in the class for the presentation of our toy invention. Our invention won the 2nd prize for free product development.
Tangible Interfaces Class, Fall 02, Fall 05-07@ MIT Media Lab, 4 years of TAing experience.
How to Make Almost Anything, Fall Term 2005 @ MIT Media Lab.
IAP Workshops (one-time seminars in January)
Electro-Textile Workshop (2007), fabric prototyping using sewing machine, yarns, and circuits
Easy Dorm Renovations (2001), basic dorm room decoration, repair and maintenance
Guest Lectures

TEDx:Amoskeage Millyard, Tinkering with Stories to Teach Emergent Literacy, Oct.29, 2012 @ University of Manchester Manchester New Hampshire video


LumiTouch: Path from Idea to Prototype, a case study of the LumiTouch Project and rapid prototyping. For Human Comp-Interfaces, Tangible Interface, and Reality-Based Interfaces Class 2002-2008, @ Tufts and Tangible Interfaces class 2002@ MIT Media Lab .

Sensorial Communication in Tangible Interfaces Class, Fall 2004-2005@ MIT Media Lab and Reality Based Interfaces Class, Fall 2005@Tufts.
Sensorial Interaction Design about sensorial activity theory applied to HCI in Tangible Interfaces Class, Fall 2006@ MIT Media Lab.

Leadership and Volunteer Activities
Sierra Leone Innovate 2012 Judge reviewing and giving feedback to applicants of grassroots innovation contest.
Graduate Resident Tutor residential advisor to MIT undergraduates (4 years of experience)
Organizer, Weekly student lunches @ MIT Media Lab Women's Group @ MIT Media Lab for the larger student research community (2 years).
Organizer, weekly meetings for Tangible Media Reading Group, involving students from Fall 2005 Tangible Interfaces Class from Tufts and the Media Lab (1 semester).
Organizer, MIT Media Lab Women's Group @ MIT Media Lab, planning events and community building. Founding member 2000 (5 years).
Organizer, Student Committee at the Media Lab (3 years).

Membership Societies
5+ years of membership in following societies

ACM, IEEE, Society of Women Engineers, MIT Alumni Association, Association of MIT Alumnae

Awards and Honors
  MassChallenge 2012 Semi-Finalist for TinkerStories
  MIT $100k 2012 Semi-Finalist for TinkerStories
  IDC 2011 Doctoral Consortium Award
  IDC Como 4 Children Competition, proposal for The Robotic Preschool of the Future: New Technologies for Learning and Play, Finalist in the Como 4 Children Competition at IDC 2009, June 3-5, 2009, in Como, Italy Authors are: Stiehl, W. Chang, A., Wistort,R., Breazeal, C.
  CHI 2008 Doctoral Consortium Award
  Samsung Fellow Recipient, 2008-2009
  Toshiba Fellow Recipient, 2001-2002

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