Qian (Janice) Wang



I’m a researcher at the MIT Media Lab in Kevin Slavin's Playful Systems group. I’m interested in the experience of eating, in how culture shapes the way people eat and in how cognitive psychology can be used to enhance the eating experience. My work spans psychological experiments, technological enhancements, and designed dining experiences. The focus of my master's thesis was around the interaction between music and taste perception.

I received a BS in computer science from Caltech. While working as a software development at engineer at Microsoft, I trained at Le Cordon Bleu’s patisserie program and received a Level 3 Award through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. In my other life, I'm a dedicated tango dancer, DJ, and organizer (I help run the MIT Argentine tango club). I’m interested in both encouraging people to dance, and in measuring the emotional experience of musical expression through movement.