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.
N. Zhao, G. Dublon, A. Dementyev, N. Gillian, and J.A. Paradiso. "EMI Spy: Harnessing Electromagnetic Interference for Low-Cost, Rapid Prototyping of Proxemic Interaction", presented at IEEE Conference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN), Cambridge, MA, 2015.
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.