Alaa Algargoosh

Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Affective Computing


Alaa Algargoosh is fascinated by the relationship between design and sound. Her previous work includes patented sound diffusers inspired by the cymatics phenomenon, and her current work is focused on advancing technologies that allow for analyzing the impact of acoustic environments on human experience, emotions, and well-being.

Algargoosh received her PhD in Architecture from the University of Michigan in addition to many prestigious awards, including the Innovators Under 35 Award by MIT Technology Review, Dow Sustainability Fellowship, Barbour Scholarship, ArtsEngine Grant, Humanities Institute Fellowship, the Mellon Foundation Grant, and the ARCC King Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Research. Her projects were featured at International Innovation Exhibitions, including a sustainable sound-absorbing biomaterial—highlighted as one of the most promising inventions in the ArtScience workshop in Paris.

Further, Algargoosh is a founding member of the Architectural Acoustics Society in Saudi Arabia. Recently, she has been named an advisor on the WELL Sound Concept Advisory, working with experts and leaders worldwide to identify strategies to help shape the future of buildings that enhance health and well-being. Algargoosh is a research fellow at the MIT Media Lab, previously working with the Opera of the Future research group and currently working with the Affective Computing research group.