Alice Hong is a technologist and HCI researcher, who loves storytelling in all forms - visual, tactile, experiential.
Her work examines the interactive relationship between materials, design, technology, and their influence on user experience, human ergonomics, and societal impact.
Currently, I'm a master candidate in the Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab. My research focuses on human-computer interaction, digital fabrication, programmable materials. Prior to joining the lab, I graduated from Cornell University with a B.S degree in Fiber Science and Apparel Design.
Prior to joining the Lab, I have experience in computational knitting machines, 3D body scanning technology, and product development with Accenture and various R&D companies. I believe everything is connected and envision our lives seamlessly interconnected with HCI, Material Science, Design, and Engineering.
As a lifelong learner, my works focus on an interdisciplinary approach. I love coming up with creative solutions to problem-solving, managing projects with a vision, and working with people from different backgrounds and disciplines. I believe all skills are transferable and there is always a connection between the seemingly unrelated field of studies.
I'm passionate about the intersection of design, media, and technology. How it influences people's thoughts and behaviors interests me the most.
The constant technological development fascinates me. Learning about emerging technologies opens up to a new perspective. Coming up with a new vision that deeply resonates with people excites me, which leads to a flurry of ideas.
When I think about clothing, I realized there has not been much change in the fashion industry. Thanks to the introduction of wearable devices, people have been adopting new technology to their day-to-day lives, but there is a gap between users and technology that needs to be solved.
Whether it is a product or system, an emotional connection is crucial for people to accept and adapt to them. To create an emotional connection, the interface needs to evoke people's senses. The collection of experiences becomes a memory, creating a strong personal tie. This leads people to integrate new products or systems into their lifestyles.
As a designer, engineer, and strategist, I envision bringing my knowledge in HCI and user experience as connecting dots, like a string of yarn, weaving the gap between the various disciplines.
2019 - 2021
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
2014 - 2018
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
B.S Fiber Science and Apparel Design
2017 - 2017
University of Vic, Barcelona
I am Humec, Featured Student of the Month
Cornell Fashion Industry and Network
Class Nominee for International Textile and Apparel Association
Barbara L. Kuhlman Inc. Fiber Arts and Wearable Scholarship
Dean Lists 2014 - 2015
CO-DESIGN , Jill Stuart Gallery
Fashion Speaks Gala, Fiber Science and Apparel Design Department
Facade of New Year, College of Human Ecology
Cornell Collective Fashion Show