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Seminar: Designing Ubiquitous Physical Interfaces

Lawrence Kim

Postdoctoral Scholar
Stanford University School of Medicine

Thursday, February 24, 2022
10:00 AM
1100 Torgersen Hall


Powered by advances in robotic and haptic technologies, the next generation of interfaces will become physically dynamic, being able to change their physical affordances on-demand and independently move around in our real environment. These physical interfaces will become ubiquitous similar to how computing is ubiquitous now and enable multimodal interaction across different scales ranging from mm-scale interaction through fingers to m-scale interaction through the whole body. In this talk, I will present different physical interfaces that I built from scratch and the interaction models gained through human-subject experiments. With these types of physical interfaces, I envision a future where physical interfaces enable rich multimodal interaction and provide physical interventions to help improve the physical and mental well-being of people in a way that was not possible before.


Lawrence Kim is a postdoctoral scholar in the Pervasive Wellbeing Technology Lab at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. His research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, robotics, and haptics with a focus on studying the interaction with swarm robots and leveraging tangible interfaces to improve physical and mental well-being. His work has received best paper and best paper honorable mention awards at top HCI conferences (e.g., ACM CHI and UIST), and a Fast Company's honorable mention award in Innovation by Design. As part of his research, Lawrence has exhibited his work at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. minor in Computer Science at Stanford University with support from a Samsung Scholarship. He has interned at Facebook Building 8 and received an M.S in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford along with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Learn more about Lawrence’s work here: