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About me

I am EPSRC postdoctoral research fellow in Human Computer Interaction at the University of Bristol, UK and am currently on a secondment in the HCI Engineering Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL). My research aims to create synergy between the fields of Material Science and Computer Science, with a particular focus on the fabrication of smart, re-programmable and interactive materials.

I have a background in Aerospace Engineering/Material Science and undertook my PhD within the Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) at Bristol developing 3D printed vascular networks for self-healing polymeric materials.

I'm an avid CrossFitter, certified Rescue Scuba Diver (Divemaster in training) and enjoy playing the guitar and piano in my spare time. I also like the odd bit of travelling and photo-taking.

ipsqamar[at]mit.edu

Curriculum Vitae




EDUCATION

BRISTOL COMPOSITES INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, UK

PhD in SELF-HEALING MATERIALS
Graduated September 2017

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, UK

MEng AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING, FIRST CLASS HONOURS
Graduated June 2011

AWARDS

BEST PAPER AWARD AT UIST 2019
HONOURABLE MENTION AWARD AT CHI 2018
EPSRC DOCTORAL PRIZE FELLOWSHIP 2017
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL ACCIS DTC INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENT 2014
ICSHM 2013 YOUNG SCIENTIST TRAVEL AWARD
BRISTOL PGR PLUS AWARD 2013
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S GOLD AWARD 2013

TEACHING

2019-2020 HOW TO MAKE ALMOST ANYTHING (ELECTRICAL ENG & COMP SCI)
2018-2019 ENGINEERING INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES (ELECTRICAL ENG & COMP SCI)
2017-2018 HCI UNDERGRADUATE SEMINAR SERIES (COMP SCI)
2015-2016 DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE (MECH ENG)
2014-2016 DESIGN AND COMPUTING (AERO ENG)
2012-2013 AERO ENG MASTERS RESEARCH PROJECTS MENTOR

ORGANISING COMMITTEES

ASSOCIATE CHAIR PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBER, UIST 2020
CO-ORGANISER OF THE LORENTZ WORKSHOP ON ‘BRIDGING MATERIAL SCIENCE AND INTERACTION DESIGN’, JAN 2020
LATE BREAKING WORK PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBER, CHI 2019
SESSION CHAIR FOR 'CRAFTING & FABRICATION', CHI 2018
CO-ORGANISER BRISTOL WORKSHOP ON 'INTERACTIVE METAMATERIALS', MAR 2018
CO-ORGANISER & SESSION CHAIR FOR 'ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE', SMASIS 2017