Dr Bjorn Sommer

Group Lead, Research Tutor

Bjorn Sommer’s interdisciplinary background ranges from Computer Science over Visualization towards Design. Bjorn is Tutor and Year 1 Lead for Innovative Design Engineering (IDE).

Bjorn received his BSc in Media Informatics and Design in 2004 from Bielefeld University and Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences (Gestaltung). There he also completed an MA Interdisciplinary Media Sciences in 2006 and initiated the CELLmicrocosmos project ‘Starting from an animated cell model’.

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Jerry Lin

PhD Student

Zidong (Jerry) Lin is a PhD candidate in the School of Design at the Royal College of Art. He has a BA (Hons) in Product Design (University of Lincoln) and an MFA in Design Informatics (University of Edinburgh). Under the supervision of Dr Bjorn Sommer, his current research focuses on developing a novel framework for designing emotional user experiences for Internet of Things (IoT) products.

As a researcher and an interaction designer, Zidong (Jerry) Lin’s design practices explore the human-nonhuman relationship by socio-technical narratives and experimental design methods.

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Dr Nurul ‘Ayn Ahmad Sayuti

Visiting Researcher, PostDoc

Ayn Sayuti is a Visiting Researcher (Postdoc) with a scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. She graduated from the University of Canberra, Australia, with a PhD in Environmental Design in April 2017. She also has a Master’s degree in Design Technology from UiTM, Malaysia. Her research interests are biophilic design, bio-inspired design, furniture design, emotional design and innovative cultural products.
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Caroline Yan Zheng

PhD Student

Caroline Yan Zheng is a designer and researcher at the intersection of interaction design, soft robotics, and fashion practice. She is specialised in theories and practices on designing for the emotions applying to the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

She is a PhD candidate from RCA Information Experience Design. Her practice-led research explored a design framework to develop affect-enabling interactive artefacts, by bringing in fashion practice and material-centred interaction design approach.

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Emre Kayganaci

Master Student

Emre Kayganaci is a Master’s student in Innovation Design Engineering, a joint program between Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He studied Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

He is interested in the intersection of design, technology and big problems. Bringing his design and innovation skills to solve problems across industries, such as renewable energy, toy design, manufacturing & recycling, and sports innovation.

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Shefali Bohra

Master Student

Shefali Bohra is a Master’s student in Innovation Design Engineering, a joint program between Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

Dr Chang Hee Lee

Visiting Researcher, Assistant Prof.

Chang Hee Lee is interested in finding new meanings for interaction and to explore novel methods of communication between human and machine.

Chang was founding member of this research group during his time at the RCA and is leading now the Affective Systems and Cognition Lab at KAIST.

His projects and research interest revolve around the subject of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction design, embedded system, experience design, communication design​, synaesthesia, perception, play, tools, creativity, and so on

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Scientific Board Members

Prof Paul Anderson

Dean School of Design

Paul Anderson has an international profile in leading-edge research into fundamental human computer interface issues associated with 3D interfaces, haptics, 3D sound and gesture-based interaction.

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Prof Ashley Hall

Head of Design Product
Head of Healthcare & Design MRes

Ashley Hall’s international activity has included leading cross-cultural design innovation collaborations and he has developed and led commercial-academic partnerships in the transport sector.

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Jenny Hu

M.A./M.Sc. Student IDE

Jenny Hu is a Master’s student in Innovation Design Engineering which is a joint program between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. She has a B.Des from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied Industrial design and HCI.

Her research interests are to explore novel, artifact-based human-computer interaction and define new opportunities at the intersection of design, craft, and machine.”