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Jiabao Li augments human sensation with her wearables and interactive installations, raising questions about technology’s influence on perception, identity, and emotion. In this quirky and thought-provoking talk, she explores the role of technology between perception and reality, and the commoditization of the user’s attention. How in today’s digital age, the medium is truly the message. Working at the intersection of emerging technology, art and design, Jiabao Li creates new ways for humans to perceive the world. Her research-based projects range from wearables, projections, drones and installations to scientific experiments, and they explore how technology is transforming our identities, emotions and sensations.


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Jiabao Li

Jiabao Li

Jiabao Li creates works addressing climate change, interspecies world sharing, humane technology, and a just, sustainable future. Her mediums include wearable, robot, AR/VR, projection, performance, software, and installation. She is a member of NEW INC Creative Science at the New Museum. In Jiabao’s TED Talk, she uncovered how technology mediates the way we perceive reality.

Jiabao is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. Her lab explores the intersection of art, design, technology, and biology. The interests are broadly spanning from interspecies co-creation to knowledge graph, from Biosensors to menstrual blood proteomes. She is co-founder and chief product officer of Peregrine Biosense and previously of Snapi Health. She serves on juries for major design awards such as IDSA, D&AD, Biodesign Challenge, etc.

Jiabao is the recipient of numerous awards, including iF Design Award, AACYF 30 Under 30, Falling Walls, National Endowment for the Arts, STARTS Prize, Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award, Core77, IDSA, A’ Design Award, Webby Award, Cannes World Film Festival Best VR short award.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, at Ars Electronica, Today Art Museum Biennale, Anchorage Museum, Currents New Media Gallery, Milan and Dubai Design Week, Shanghai Ming Contemporary Museum, ISEA, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, CHI, Donghu Shan Art Museum, MOOD Museum of Design, Alaska State Museum.

Her academic papers have been published in top conferences and journals such as SIGGRAPH, CHI, IEEE VIS, and Nature sub-journals. She has been featured in Fast Company, Art Forum, Business Insider, Bloomberg, CCTV, Yahoo, South China Morning Post, TechCrunch, Domus, Yanko Design, Harvard Political Review, The National, Arab News, Leonardo, iF World Design Guide, Exceptional ALIEN. Hung Huang, China’s Oprah, featured Jiabao’s work in her 2020 TED interview “How American and Chinese values shaped the coronavirus response.”

Jiabao graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master of Design in Technology with Distinction and Thesis Award. She holds a bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.