Arnav Kapur

Fluid Interfaces
  • Research Assistant

Arnav moves across disparate disciplines by bringing in different perspectives to design for human-centered challenges.  Before coming to the MIT Media Lab, Arnav invented a new platform, as a researcher at Harvard Medical School, to measure human gene expressions levels in an attempt to democratize gene profiling by bringing costs down multiple orders of magnitude. At MIT, he co-developed a collaborative machine intelligence artist, which has been exhibited at Future Late—Tate Modern London, Alt-AI New York, and other venues. As part of the Lunar X Prize challenge, he co-designed and co-engineered the Lunar Rover with the goal of landing on the Moon in 2019, travel 500 meters on lunar soil and relay pictures back to Earth. He invented and deployed a visual-aural assistive device called Drishti, which has been used in dispensaries and warehouses across North India to rehabilitate the visually impaired back into economic activity. He engineered 3D printable quadcopter systems that could perform high acceleration movements without external sensor systems to facilitate their deployment in everyday living. H… View full description

Arnav moves across disparate disciplines by bringing in different perspectives to design for human-centered challenges.  Before coming to the MIT Media Lab, Arnav invented a new platform, as a researcher at Harvard Medical School, to measure human gene expressions levels in an attempt to democratize gene profiling by bringing costs down multiple orders of magnitude. At MIT, he co-developed a collaborative machine intelligence artist, which has been exhibited at Future Late—Tate Modern London, Alt-AI New York, and other venues. As part of the Lunar X Prize challenge, he co-designed and co-engineered the Lunar Rover with the goal of landing on the Moon in 2019, travel 500 meters on lunar soil and relay pictures back to Earth. He invented and deployed a visual-aural assistive device called Drishti, which has been used in dispensaries and warehouses across North India to rehabilitate the visually impaired back into economic activity. He engineered 3D printable quadcopter systems that could perform high acceleration movements without external sensor systems to facilitate their deployment in everyday living. He was appointed as a Design Innovation Fellow under the aegis of the government of India to bring translational research into the Indian university curriculum. In the Fluid Interfaces group, he is working on human-machine integration in a complementary symbiosis such that computing becomes a natural extension of our own cognition, and in turn building the next generation of personal computing platforms.