Nan Zhao is an Electrical Engineer, Lighting Designer, and Tree Hugger. She believes that wearable technology, such as Google Glass, is much more than mere another way to check our e-mails. She believes in the potential of mobile technologies to revolutionize the way we think about infrastructure of our essential resources, such as power, light and heat. At the MIT Media Lab she is redesigning our facilities to enable more sustainable living spaces.
Nan Zhao is a PhD student at MIT Media Lab, where she works on interfaces and devices that enable sustainable behavior while also improving user experience. Her work spans indoor lighting design to smart urban furniture, and borrows from a variety of fields, including psychology, sensor technologies, and wearable computing technology.
Before joining the Media Lab, Nan conducted research in smart grid and vehicle-to-grid technology. As a fellow of RWE AG, a leading electricity and gas company in Germany, she was closely involved in the development and kick-off of a smart grid project in collaboration with IBM. She is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
Nan Zhao’s work has been covered by The Boston Globe, CNN, MIT News, Engadget, Home and Garden TV, and others.
Random Walk and Lighting Control
.,Aldrich, M., Badshah, A., Mayton, B., Paradiso, J.A., in in Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2013.
WristQue: A personal sensor wristband
.,Mayton, Brian D., Zhao, N., Aldrich, M., Gillian, N., Paradiso, Joseph A. in Body Sensor Networks (BSN), 2013 IEEE International Conference on , vol., no., pp.1,6, 2013.
A Customizable Sensate Surface for Music Control
, Gong, N-W, Zhao, N., and Paradiso, J.A., in Proceedings of NIME 2012, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2012, pp. 417-420.
Energy Efficient Control of Polychromatic Solid-State Lighting Using a Sensor Network
, Aldrich, M., Zhao, N., and Paradiso, J.A., in Proc. SPIE (OP10) 7784 , San Diego CA, August 1-5, 2010.
Awards and Fellowships:
2013-2014 MIT Energy Fellow
2012 Department of Energy Better Building Case Competition
2011 RWTH Aachen Springorum-Denkmuenze
2007 Nokia Siemens Networks Frauenfoerderpreis Nokia Siemens Networks Women’s Prize
2007 RWE Studienfoerderung RWE Industry Fellowship
2006 Ideenwettbewerb: Wohnkomfort 2020 Ideas Competition: Living Comfort 2020
2005 DPG-Buchpreis German Association of Physics Book Prize
2011 Internship at Microsoft Research Asia HCI Group
2010 Internship at RWE Deutschland AG Neue Technologien (New Technology)
2009-2007 Research Assistant at Laboratory of Machine Tools and Production Engineering RWTH Aachen University