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Jiabao is a designer, new media artist, and engineer. Working at the intersection of emerging technology, art and design, her work opens questions about technology's influence on human perception, identity, and emotion. She holds a Master of Design in Technology degree with Distinction from Harvard GSD. Currently, she is a Prototyping Designer at Apple, working on experimental interfaces and technologies.

Jiabao has won multiple international awards including iF Design Award, 1st Place Future Cities Contest, 1st place CHI Play Game Design Award, ISWC Design Award, and Harvard Best Thesis Award. Her work has been featured in Domus, TechCrunch, CCTV, Yanko Design, Dubai Design Week, The National, Arab News, etc. Her academic research has been published in Ubicomp, ISWC, InfoVis, TEI, CHI Play, Scientific Reports, and Nanotechnology. 

Contact: stephlijiabao(at)


Harvard University, Graduate School of Design  2016 - 2018

M.Des. Design Technology, with Distinction

MIT Media Lab 2016 - 2018

Royal College of Art, Contemporary Art Practice 2018

National University of Singapore  2011 - 2015

B.Eng. Electrical & Computer Engineering, Distinction Honors      

RWTH Aachen, Germany  2014  



Apple, Prototyping Designer 2017 - Present

Harvard University, Teaching Fellow 2017



iF Design Award 2018

Dubai Design Week, Global Grad Show 2018

Ubicomp/ISWC Design Award 2018

Project Prize for Best Thesis, Harvard GSD 2018

Graduate with Distinction (top 3%), Harvard GSD 2018

Game Design First Place Award, CHI Play 2017

First Place, Cities for a Flying World 2017

Keynote Speaker, China VR & AR International Summit 2017

Hacking Art First Runnerup, MIT 2016

Harvard Art Show 2017, 2018

Innovation & Research Award, NUS 2015



Domus Innovation Issue | 2018

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

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