Critical Computations: Designing with and for: Dina El-Zanfaly



MIT Architecture | Fall 2022 Lecture Series

“Critical Computations: Designing with and for”

Dina El-Zanfaly is a computational design and interaction researcher and an Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She directs the hyperSENSE: Embodied Computations Lab, where she examines the role of computational design in embodied sense-making that includes human perception, cognition, and everyday experience. She studies interactions with computational systems from a critical lens, and the emerging social and technological implications of introducing them. These interactions span the areas of hybrid environments, artifacts, computational methods, and tools. She investigates the questions of: how can intelligent machines and systems learn from us? and how can we learn from them? How can we work together to create and improvise?
Dina has recently received Google’s Research Scholar award. Before joining CMU, she worked as a visiting assistant professor at Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design. She worked as a research associate at the MIT Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a co-founder and co-director of Fab Lab Egypt, the first maker community and netwrok in northern Africa and the Arab world. She earned her Ph.D. degree from the Design and Computation group at MIT, where she also earned her Master of Science in Design and Computation while being a Fulbright scholar.

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