Nan Zhao is currently an PhD student at MIT Media Lab. As a Diploma Engineer in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, she joined the Responsive Environments Group seeking new, interesting ways to create awareness and incentive for energy efficient behavior. Before joining the Media Lab she was engaged in smart grid and vehicle to grid research activities. 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. In addition to her interest in energy, she is also active in the field of HCI. She is interested in high density sensing, Internet and home automation, especially lighting related technology.
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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.
Nan Zhao, Xiang Cao, and Jaturont Jamigranont. 2012. Ferro tale: electromagnetic animation interface. In CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1447-1448.
Energy-efficient control of solid-state lighting, Paradiso, J.A., Aldrich, M., Zhao, N., SPIE Newsroom, March 25 2011.
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.
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 Intership at Microsoft Research Asia HCI Group
2010 Intership at RWE Deutschland AG Neue Technologien (New Technology)
2009-2007 Research Assistant at Laboratory of Machine Tools and Production Engineering RWTH Aachen University