Shaping the Future Through Morphing Matter, Conversations with Professor Lining Yao

Making a Difference BL Speaker Series


Calling All Makers, Educators and Parents,

Brilliant Labs is pleased to host our next virtual speaker series event that will introduce the exciting possibilities of Robotic Morphing Materials Via 4D Printing. We are thrilled to welcome Prof. Lining Yao to share her work, passions, and stories about designing futuristic shape-changing, dynamic and intelligent morphing materials and systems.


We invite you all to explore:

  • Morphing Food: Ways to program common food materials and magically transforming 2D edible films into 3D food during cooking.

  • Self-folding Décor: Combining electronic functions with physical forms through 4D printing. Imagine a 3D figurine that changes shape when triggered by heat.

  • Transformative Fashion: Introducing fashion technology that adds dynamic behaviors to textiles to design shape-changing clothing and accessories.

Please join us on Thursday, December 3, at 1:30 pm AST | 2:00 NST.

Register Individually or as a Group


Grade Level:

Grade 6 and up

About the Speaker:

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. Lining and her lab work anti-disciplinarily, publishing and exhibiting across science, engineering, design and art.


Lining gained her PhD 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 at HCII in the School of Computer Science, Lining is also an adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering, supervising undergraduate and graduate students across the College of Engineering.






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