Hi, I am Misha.

Photo credit: Oscar Rosello

I graduated with a PhD in 2018 from the MIT Media Lab where I worked in the Fluid Interfaces group with Pattie Maes.

If we think about the distance between the real and the digital, it is clearest at the interface layer. The ways that our bodies interact with the physical world are elaborate and rich while digital interactions are far more limited. I build systems and devices that use the entire body for input and output to enable natural and even implicit interactions. I call my concept Perceptual Engineering -- a way to alter the user’s perception (or more specifically the input signals to their perception) and manipulate it in subtle ways. For example, I build systems and devices that modify a user’s sense of space, place, body, balance and orientation, and manipulate their visual attention and more, all without the user’s explicit input, and in order to assist or guide their interactive experience in an effortless way.

TEDx talk (October 2018) on remote controlling human beings using galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS). Article about my work in Forbes India -- Fresh off the (MIT Media) Lab (April 2019)

I enjoy doodling, photography and playing video games. I also like glass blowing and kyudo. You can contact me at sra (at) media (dot) mit (dot) edu.