CHANGE OF ADDRESS for Hiroshi Ishii and the Tangible Media Group:
On December 1, 2009, The Tangible Media Group relocated to the new Media Lab building (E14).


HCI Courses
Tangible Media Group

Muriel R. Cooper Professor of
Media Arts and Sciences

Associate Director, MIT Media Lab

Co-Director, Things That Think
Head, Tangible Media Group

MIT Media Laboratory, Room E14-464F
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge,
Massachusetts 02139-4307 U.S.A.
e-mail: ishii <*at*>

Photo credit: Webb Chappell

Where the sea meets the land, life has blossomed into a myriad of unique forms in the turbulence of water, sand, and wind. At another seashore between the land of atoms and the sea of bits, we are now facing the challenge of reconciling our dual citizenships in the physical and digital worlds. Windows to the digital world are confined to flat square screens and pixels, or "painted bits." Unfortunately, one can not feel and confirm the virtual existence of this digital information through one's body.

Tangible Bits, our vision of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), seeks to realize seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment by giving physical form to digital information and computation, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible. The goal is to blur the boundary between our bodies and cyberspace and to turn the architectural space into an interface.

To pursue the vision of Tangible Bits, Prof. Ishii founded the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab in the end of 1995.

He was named Associate Director at the Media Lab in May 2008. He is a co-director of Things That Think (TTT) consortium and a project leader of Digital Life (DL) consortium at the MIT Media Lab.

He has done extensive research on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). His team at NTT Human Interface Laboratories invented TeamWorkStation and ClearBoard. He has been active in a variety of academic, industrial design, and media art communities including ACM SIGCHI, SIGGRAPH, IDSA, and Ars Electronica.

Last updated on August 28, 2010