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July 24: Carnegie Mellon Announces Master Of Tangible Interaction Design Degree


Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon Announces Master
Of Tangible Interaction Design Degree

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture announces the establishment of the master of tangible interaction design (MTID) degree, a graduate-level program focused on the design of computational embedded objects and how they work in various spaces. The MTID degree is intended to create a community of talented and capable makers in all disciplines.

"Recent developments in embedded computing, new materials and digital fabrication enable anyone to design and prototype interactive artifacts," said Mark D. Gross, professor in the School of Architecture and director of the MTID program. "There will be remarkable opportunities for creative people who have skills and experience that cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries and who are comfortable making informed decisions about physical form, computational behavior and human experience," Gross said.

The MTID is a studio-centered program with additional courses in electronics, programming and the arts. The first semester's "Small Things" studio focuses on embedding computational behavior into objects, furniture and clothing. The second "Big Things" studio tackles interactive space on the scale of rooms, buildings, neighborhoods and cities.

The MTID degree draws on the university's strengths in the arts as well as in robotics, software and human-computer interaction. The program aims to attract two distinct groups: computer scientists and engineers wanting to master creative skills; and artists, musicians, designers and architects seeking technical abilities to implement ideas.

Carnegie Mellon is recruiting students for the first MTID class, which will begin this fall. For more information, visit

Howie Choset, an associate professor of the Robotics Institute, will teach a course. "Carnegie Mellon is uniquely positioned to integrate embedded computing and robotics in design," Choset said. "We expect great things to come when people from engineering, computer science and design learn complementary skills."