Angela is a practicing artist and designer researching how interfaces can enhance collocated collaboration. Her current focus is developing interfaces that enable parents to become better storytellers to young children. She also creates media, textiles, devices, and systems that heighten people’s presence to improve communication, education, and artistic expression.
Angela received an SB in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and her Masters and PhD at the MIT Media Lab in Media Arts and Sciences. Her research in synesthesia led her to develop devices that translated touch through remote communication devices. She helped developed haptic technology and prototyped concept phones at Motorola. She is an inventor on several tactile interface patents. She also identified how parents touch and gesture within storybooks to facilitate emergent literacy learning during storytelling.
She is interested in building sensorial interfaces and storytelling experiences that help people increase their sense of common ground. Currently she is a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Trope Tank, and an Affiliated Faculty member at Emerson College in Boston, MA.