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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 perception, identity, emotion, and sensation.

Jiabao graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master of Design in Technology with Distinction and best thesis award, and from National University of Singapore with a Master of Electrical Engineering. She is currently a prototyping designer at Apple, inventing and exploring new products, interfaces, and technologies.

Jiabao's work has been featured in Domus, TechCrunch, Yahoo, CCTV, Yanko Design. Her work has been shown in Milan Design Week, Dubai Design Week, ISEA, CHI, Leonardo, SIGGRAPH, AR in Action, Codame, and PRIMER. She is the winner of Core77, FastCoDesign, iF Design Award, Future Cities Contest, and ISWC Design Award.


Harvard University, Graduate School of Design  2016 - 2018

M.Des. Design Technology, with Distinction

National University of Singapore  2011 - 2015

B.Eng. Electrical & Computer Engineering, Distinction Honors  

MIT Media Lab 2016 - 2018

Royal College of Art, Contemporary Art Practice 2018   

RWTH Aachen, HCI  2014  



Apple, Designer for Experimental Products, Interfaces, and Technologies 2017 - Present

Radical Department, Co-Founder, Art Director 2018

Harvard University, Teaching Fellow 2017

Sea, Product Design Lead 2015



iF Design Award 2018

Core77 Design Award 2019

Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award 2019

Ubicomp/ISWC Design Award 2018

Project Prize for Best Thesis - Harvard GSD 2018

Game Design First Place Award - CHI Play 2017

First Place - Cities for a Flying World 2017

Hacking Art First Runnerup - MIT 2016

Innovation & Research Award - NUS 2015


Milan Design Week - Ventura Future 2019

Dubai Design Week - Global Grad Show 2018

Codame - San Francisco 2019

Primer - New York 2019

Johnson Gallery - London 2018

Kirkland Gallery - Boston 2016

SIGGRAPH - Los Angeles 2019

CHI - Glasgow 2019

ISEA - South Korea 2019

Harvard Art Show 2017, 2018


AR in Action - Keynote Speaker, Panelist 

National University of Singapore - Artist Talk

Nanyang Technological University ADM  - Artist Talk

Harvard Graduate School of Design - Lecturer, Guest Critic 

San Jose State University - Artist Talk

Binary Salon - Artist Talk

International Symposium on Electronic Art - Artist Talk

China VR & AR International Summit - Keynote Speaker


SIGGRAPH | 2019 | TransVision: Exploring the State of the Visual Field in the Age of Extreme Augmentation

CHI | 2019 | Hypercept: Speculating the Visual World Intervened by Digital Media

Domus Innovation Issue | 2018

ISEA | 2019 | Vapor as Tectonic Element to Sculpt Microclimate in Architectural Space

ISEA | 2019 | TransVision, Twinkle

ISWC | 2018 | TransVision: Exploring the State of the Visual Field in the Age of Extreme Augmentation

DIS | 2019 | Diffusive Geometries:  Vapor as Tectonic Element to Sculpt Microclimate in Architectural Space

TEI Art | 2018 | Twinkle: A Flying Lighting Companion for Urban Safety

IEEE VIS, TVCG | 2018 | DXR: A Toolkit for Building Immersive Data Visualizations

CHI Play | 2017 | CatEscape: An Asymmetrical Multiplatform Game Connecting Virtual, Augmented and Physical World

CHI Play | 2017 | MagicTorch: A Context-aware Projection System for Asymmetrical VR Games

Platform 10 | 2017 | Twinkle, Beach, Her

Platform 11 | 2018 | TransVision

Scientific Reports | 2014 | Laser hybrid nanostructuring of Si surfaces in air for SERS detection

Nanotechnology | 2014 | High aspect ratio SiNW arrays with Ag nanoparticles decoration for SERS detection