New program at Carnegie Mellon: Masters in Tangible Interaction Design

22 May 2008 - 1:47pm
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Master of Tangible Interaction Design Degree Announced at Carnegie
Mellon University

PITTSBURGH -- Carnegie Mellon University announces the establishment of
the Master of Tangible Interaction Design degree, a new graduate-level
program focusing on the speculative design of computationally embedded
objects and places. The MTID degree is intended to bring together a
community of talented and capable makers in all disciplines.

The MTID Program is a one-year course of study offered by the School of
Architecture College of Fine Arts (CFA) at Carnegie Mellon. It draws on
the university’s strengths in design as well as in robotics, software,
and human-computer interaction. The MTID program aims to attract both
computer scientists and engineers who want to exercise their know-how in
creative and speculative design, as well as artists, musicians,
designers, and architects who seek technical abilities to implement
their ideas.

The new MTID program offers a environment to acquire these basic skills,
drawing on the amazingly rich interdisciplinary learning opportunities
at Carnegie Mellon. "Carnegie Mellon is uniquely positioned to integrate
embedded computing and design," says Mark D Gross, professor
in the School of Architecture and director of the MTID Program.

The Master in Tangible Interaction Design is a studio-centered program
with additional courses in electronics, programming, and the arts. The
first semester’s “Small Things” studio focuses on embedding
computational behavior into objects, furniture, and clothing. The second
“Big Things” studio tackles interactive space at the size of rooms,
buildings, neighborhoods, and cities.

“Recent developments in embedded computing, new materials, and digital
fabrication enable anyone to design and prototype interactive
artifacts," adds Gross. “There will be remarkable opportunities for
creative people who have skills and experience that cross the
traditional disciplinary boundaries and who are comfortable making
informed decisions about physical form, computational behavior, and
human experience.”

Carnegie Mellon is now recruiting students for the first MTID class,
which will enter in the fall semester of 2008.

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