Carnegie Mellon University

Lining Yao

Lining Yao

Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute

  • 3613 Newell Simon Hall
  • 412-268-2000
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Expertise

Climate Change, Computational Methods, Consumer Behavior, Sustainable Architecture


Lining Yao is an assistant professor of Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, directing the Morphing Matter Lab. Morphing Matter lab develops materials, tools, and applications of adaptive, dynamic, and intelligent morphing matter from nano to macro scales. Research often combines material science, computational fabrication, and creative design practices. Yao and her lab work anti-disciplinarily, publishing and exhibiting across science, engineering, design, and art. Yao gained her Ph.D. at MIT Media Lab, where she combined biological and engineering approaches to develop physical materials with dynamic and tunable properties including shape, color, stiffness, texture, and density.

Beyond her teaching and research in the School of Computer Science, Yao holds courtesy appointments in Mechanical Engineering, as well as Material Sciences and Engineering. She is supervising undergraduate and graduate students across the College of Engineering and College of Art.


2017     Ph.D., Media Arts and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2012     MS, Media Arts and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2010     MS, Digital Arts and Design, Zhejiang University

2007     BE, Industrial Design, Zhejiang University