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Nadya Peek is an assistant professor of Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, where she directs the Machine Agency. Her research focuses on harnessing the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals, spanning electronics, firmware, software, and mechanics.
In this talk, Nadya describes her research group’s machine designs, and the attributes that make them buildable, tailorable, and extendable by others. She also discusses how we can lower the threshold for automation, so that it can be employed for experimental and explorational practices.