V. Michael Bove, Jr. (group head) V. Michael Bove, Jr. holds an S.B.E.E., an S.M. in Visual Studies, and a Ph.D. in Media Technology, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently head of the Object-Based Media Group at the Media Lab, and co-directs the consumer electronics working group CE2.0. He is the author or co-author of over 100 journal or conference papers on digital television systems, video processing hardware/software design, multimedia, scene modeling, visual display technologies, and optics. He holds patents on inventions relating to video recording, hardcopy, interactive television, medical imaging, and holographic displays, and has been a member of several professional and government committees. He is co-author with the late Stephen A. Benton of the book Holographic Imaging (Wiley, 2008). He is on the Board of Editors of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, and has served as SMPTE’s Education Director. He served as general chair of the 2006 IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC’06) and co-chair of the 2012 International Symposium on Display Holography. Bove is a fellow of the SPIE and of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity, and Capital. He was a founder of and technical advisor to WatchPoint Media, Inc. and served as technical advisor to One Laptop Per Child (creators of the XO laptop for children in developing countries).

Email: vmb <at>

Kristin Hall (Project Manager)
Groups: Speech + Mobility, Object-Based Media

Email: kristin <at>


Sunny Jolly is a PhD candidate at MIT with broad research interests spanning three-dimensional holographic displays, Fourier optics, nanophotonics, information optics, and optical engineering. He has worked on a wide array of optics-related projects, including guided-wave acousto-optics for electroholography, photorefractive polymer-based holographic displays, computer-generated display holography, diffraction-based optical microphones, nonlinear optical characterization of thin films, and volume holographic spectrometers. He holds an MS degree from the MIT Media Lab as well as an MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, and a BS degree in Physics, all from Georgia Tech.

Website:          Email: sjolly <at>

Dan Novy (also known as NovySan) is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab where he works to decrease the alienation fostered by traditional passive media consumption and increase social interaction through transparent, interconnected and fluid media, to create an enriched, active and inspired immediate experience. He is an Emmy and Visual Effects Society Award winning VFX Technical Supervisor, Transmedia Experience Designer, and Artist. At the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign he received a BFA in Theatre and an MA in Theatre History, with a double emphasis in the technical history of the theatre and shamanic ritual performance in pre-agrarian societies. He is the former Chair of the Visual Effects Society’s Technology Committee and technical blogger for the VES.

Email: novysan <at>

Philippa Mothersill (also known as Pip) is a PhD student in the Object-Based Media group at the MIT Media Lab.  Using her experience as a product designer, she explores how meaning is embodied in objects by designers, and how computation or even AI can play a role in that creative process through the development of new design tools.  Before the Media Lab, Philippa worked for three years as a product designer for P&G, where she led the upstream industrial design of new products by bringing together design research, marketing narrative, and functional technology to create the first aesthetically designed functional prototype in a product’s development cycle. She holds a MEng in Aeronautical Engineering, and a joint MA/MSc degree in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art.

Website:          Email: pip <at>


Everett Lawson is a PhD student at MIT’s Media Lab.

Laura Perovich is interested in designing tools that help people seamlessly engage with science in their everyday lives. She hopes to re-imagine the relationship between citizens and scientists through ubiquitous computing and artistic, emotionally-resonant approaches to data interaction. One of her current projects explores new interfaces for reporting levels of emerging household contaminants to study participants. Perovich has over seven years of experience in community-based work, as a scientist researching environmental causes of diseases at Silent Spring Institute and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. She is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab and holds a BA in mathematics and religion from Bowdoin College.

Email: perovich <at>

Bianca Datta is a research assistant in Object-Based Media. She studies materials (both how we can leverage them for technology and how we perceive them). As a doctoral candidate, she explores means to create and transform interactive displays and interfaces, focusing on the human response to material properties. She has worked on the development of holographic video devices, synthesis of quantum dots, and responsive material systems. She seeks to understand how dynamic or responsive technologies can impact humans, and is interested in scientific communication and representation for education, engagement, and wellbeing. She has a strong interest in understanding “squishy” materials that respond to their surroundings. She graduated with a BS & MS in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, and an MS in Media Arts and Sciences in 2016. She enjoys eating frozen yogurt, drinking tea, and exploring cities, and she’s a big fan of dinosaurs.

Email: bdatta <at>


Ali Shtarbanov is a PhD student and Research Assistant at the MIT Media Lab. His research interests lie near the intersection of Optics, Engineering, Computation, and Design. Ali is passionate about developing novel interface technologies and responsive systems that seamlessly integrate with the surrounding environment to enhance the way we live, work, and communicate. In 2015, Ali received a B.S. with highest honors in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. with highest honors in Physics, both from Lehigh University. As an undergraduate student, he worked on a number of interdisciplinary projects in the US and abroad related to trans-horizon wireless communication via evaporation duct, digital systems design, robotics, and tactile interfaces utilizing focused ultrasound.

Pedro Colon Hernandez is a Computer Engineer from Puerto Rico. He is currently a Graduate Research assistant in the Object-Based Media Group. He has worked on developing applications for 8K displays. He has experience in various software development areas. He wants to explore wearable technologies, and how these can help us interface with the world around us in a more seamless way than our phones.

Vik Parthiban is a Master’s student and research assistant at MIT Media Lab.  He is passionate about teams and technologies that shape how people interact with digital information and the physical world. He built the Magic Leap One AR headset announced in December 2017, where he led an R&D project for the advanced photonics team. Currently a graduate research assistant at the MIT Media Lab, Vik is building new holographic interfaces and hardware that hope to push AR/VR technology forward. On the side, he dabbles in high-speed travel with Elon Musk’s SpaceX-Hyperloop and manages the construction of the first Hyperloop transport vehicle using air bearing technology. He received his Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Caroline Rozendo is a Master’s student and research assistant at MIT Media Lab. She is interested in the associations that people make between different senses, and in how designers can explore intuitive processes to deliberatly plan for the appropriation and expansion of their designs by the users. Before the Media Lab, Carol has worked as an interaction designer and developer for educational and news media companies, where she focused on creating pleasurable experiences around informative content. She earned a bachelor degree in Media and Communication from the University of São Paulo, and interrupted the fourth year of the Design program on the same university to join the Media Lab. She is also a Lemann Fellow and the author of a book on typographers from fifteenth century europe.


Emily Salvador is a MIT ‘16 (6 and 21M) who’s interested in the future of themed entertainment and immersive, interactive experiences.  After graduating, she spent the year playing at theme parks.  Starting at Walt Disney Imagineering’s R&D department, she researched and prototyped immersive display technologies.  Then, she moved to Florida to help install the interactive exhibits at Pandora, The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and contribute to several blue sky innovation initiatives for Epcot.  After completing the Avatar project, she switched to Universal Creative.  At Universal, she designed and prototyped experiences for the Super Nintendo World project.  In undergrad, she UROP-ed in Hiroshi Ishii’s group (TMG) and Wojciech Matusik’s group at CSAIL and was in an acapella group on campus.  She loves cooking and crafting and dreaming up the next innovations for themed entertainment.  Her favorite animal is definitely the sea lion, because they’re basically water dogs. 


Tyler Schoeppner is a Master’s student and research assistant in the Object-based Media group at the MIT Media Lab. His research interests lie in creating immersive and interactive light displays using 3D volumetric and holographic technology. Before joining the Media Lab, Tyler worked in Jena, Germany with Fraunhofer IOF and the Applied Physics Institute to develop microstructured anti-reflective surfaces for optical components. While in Jena, Tyler assisted the 3Dsensation team that uses lasers to create plasma 3D volumetric displays. He graduated with a MS degree in Photonics from the Fredrich-Schiller Universitat in 2018 and joined the Media Lab later that year. He received a BS in Engineering Physics from the Ohio State University in 2015. He is an avid rock climber, a lover of all outdoor activities, and secretly believes The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was written for him.


Email: tjschoep <at>


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