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 FutureLate - Tate Modern London, Alt-AI New York amongst other venues. He has co-designed and engineered the Lunar Rover (Indus) set to land on the Moon in 2019, travel 500 meters on lunar soil and relay pictures back to Earth as part of the Google Lunar X Prize challenge. He invented and deployed a visual-aural assistive device 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… 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 FutureLate - Tate Modern London, Alt-AI New York amongst other venues. He has co-designed and engineered the Lunar Rover (Indus) set to land on the Moon in 2019, travel 500 meters on lunar soil and relay pictures back to Earth as part of the Google Lunar X Prize challenge. He invented and deployed a visual-aural assistive device 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 Design Innovation Fellow under the aegis of Government of India to bring in translational research into Indian university curriculum. At 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.