Daneil Leithinger


Daniel Leithinger, assistant professor (ATLAS Institute & Computer Science) creates shape-changing human computer interfaces that push digital information past the boundaries of flat displays, and into the real world. Motivated by the belief that computers must embrace the dexterity and expressiveness of the human body, his interfaces allow users to touch, grasp and deform data physically. Daniel received his PhD at the MIT Media Lab in 2015. His academic publications have been published at ACM UIST, TEI and CHI conferences, and he has received design awards from Fast Company, Red Dot and IDEA. Projects like "inFORM" have been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Ars Electronica Museum, and the Milan Design Week.

For more information about Daniel Leithinger's past work with the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media lab, visit his MIT Media Lab page.



  • PurnenduS Novack, E Acome, C Keplinger, M AlistarMD GrossC BrunsD Leithinger. 2021. Electriflow: Soft Electrohydraulic Building Blocks for Prototyping Shape-changing Interfaces,  In Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (DIS ’21), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 10 pages. (June 28-July 2, 2021Virtual Event).
  • Purnendu, Eric Acome, Christoph Keplinger, Mark D. Gross, Carson Bruns, Daniel Leithinger. 2021. Soft Electrohydraulic Actuators for Origami Inspired Shape-Changing Interfaces. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI '21 Extended Abstracts). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6 pages. (Yokohama, Japan–May 8-13, 2021). pdf.

  • Hooman HedayatiRyo SuzukiDaniel LeithingerDaniel J. Szafir. 2020. PufferBot: Actuated Expandable Structures for Aerial Robots.  In Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2020). (Las Vegas, Nevada–October 25-29, 2020).

  • Ryo Suzuki, Rubaiat Habib Kazi, Li-Yi Wei, Stephen DiVerdi, Wilmot Li, and Daniel Leithinger. 2020. RealitySketch: Embedding Responsive Graphics and Visualizations in AR through Dynamic Sketching. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '20). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 16 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3379337.3415892 (Minneapolis, Minnesota–Oct. 20-23, 2020) [Honorable Mention Paper Award].

  • Ryo SuzukiHooman HedayatiClement Zheng, James Bohn, Daniel SzafirEllen Yi-Luen DoMark D Gross, and Daniel Leithinger. 2020. RoomShift: Room-scale Dynamic Haptics for VR with Furniture-moving Swarm Robots. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '20). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 396, 11 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376523  (Honolulu, Hawaii – April 25-30, 2020).

  • Ryo Suzuki, Ryosuke Nakayama, Dan Liu, Yasuaki Kakehi, Mark D. Gross, and Daniel Leithinger. 2020. LiftTiles: Constructive Building Blocks for Prototyping Room-scale Shape-changing Interfaces. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI '20). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Pages 143–151. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3374920.3374941 (Sydney, Australia–Feb. 9-12, 2020). 
  • Ryo Suzuki, Ryosuke Nakayama, Dan Liu, Yasuaki Kakehi, Mark D. Gross, and Daniel Leithinger. 2019. LiftTiles: Modular and Reconfigurable Room-scale Shape Displays through Retractable Inflatable Actuators. In Adjunct Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1-3. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3332167.3357105  (New Orleans, Louisiana – Oct. 20-23, 2019).
  • Ryo SuzukiClement Zheng, Yasuaki Kakehi, Tom YehEllen Yi-Luen DoMark D. GrossDaniel Leithinger. 2019. ShapeBots: Shape-changing Swarm Robots. In Proceedings of The 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST'19). https://doi.org/10.1145/3332165.3347911 (New Orleans, LA—Oct. 20-23, 2019).
  • Peter GyoryClement ZhengDaniel Leithinger, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2019. HOT SWAP: Probing Embodied Game Interfaces With Reconfigurable Controllers. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (DIS '19 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 183-187. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3301019.3323901. (San Diego, CA, USA—June 23-28, 2019).
  • Clement ZhengJeeeun KimDaniel Leithinger, Mark D Gross, & Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2019. Mechamagnets: Designing and Fabricating Haptic and Functional Physical Inputs with Embedded Magnets. In Proceedings of Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI’19), p. 325-334 https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3295622.

  • Ryo Suzuki, Junichi Yamaoka, Daniel Leithinger, Tom Yeh, Mark D. Gross, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Yasuaki Kakehi. 2018. Dynablock: Dynamic 3D Printing for Instant and Reconstructable Shape Formation. In Proceedings of The 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST'18). DOI: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3242659 (Berlin, Germany—Oct. 14-17, 2018).

  • Udayan Umapathi, Patrick Shin, Ken Nakagaki, Daniel Leithinger, and Hiroshi Ishii. 2018. Programmable Droplets for Interaction. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3170427.3186607 (Montreal QC, Canada—April 21-26, 2018).

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