Hi, I am Misha.

Photo credit: Oscar Rosello

I graduated with a PhD in June 2018 from the MIT Media Lab where I worked in the Fluid Interfaces group with Pattie Maes. I work in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI), specifically related to interactive devices and immersive technologies. The distance between the real and the digital 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. My approach is to create systems and devices that use the entire body for input and output to allow for more implicit and natural interactions. I call my concept perceptual engineering, i.e., an approach 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.

My recent TEDx talk on remote controlling human beings using galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS).

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.