Bianca Datta

Object-Based Media
  • Research Assistant

I am a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab and I arrived at MIT from Maryland via Philadelphia. I study materials (both how we can leverage them for technology and how we perceive them). I am part of the Object-Based Mediagroup, in which I investigate how to create and transform interactive displays and interfaces, focusing on the human response to material properties. I have worked on the development of holographic video devices, and I’m now also exploring responsive material systems.  Through this research, I want to understand how dynamic or responsive technologies can impact wellbeing. I'm interested in scientific communication and representation for education, engagement, and wellbeing. I spent the summer of 2017 working as a science writer for NOVA through the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program.

I studied Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2014. While at Penn, I served as a Resident Advisor and led a Visual Arts Residential Program to escape the linearity of engineering problem sets and strike a balance between technical tasks and creative endeavors. I spe… View full description

I am a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab and I arrived at MIT from Maryland via Philadelphia. I study materials (both how we can leverage them for technology and how we perceive them). I am part of the Object-Based Mediagroup, in which I investigate how to create and transform interactive displays and interfaces, focusing on the human response to material properties. I have worked on the development of holographic video devices, and I’m now also exploring responsive material systems.  Through this research, I want to understand how dynamic or responsive technologies can impact wellbeing. I'm interested in scientific communication and representation for education, engagement, and wellbeing. I spent the summer of 2017 working as a science writer for NOVA through the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program.

I studied Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2014. While at Penn, I served as a Resident Advisor and led a Visual Arts Residential Program to escape the linearity of engineering problem sets and strike a balance between technical tasks and creative endeavors. I spent time as a Peer Advisor and Teaching Assistant and I worked in a Chemistry/ Materials Science lab and researched quantum dot materials for photovoltaic applications.

I enjoy eating frozen yogurt, drinking tea, and exploring cities. I'm frequently excited by dinosaurs and sushi, and I hope to one day apply my materials science background to a career in human-centered materials design and research.