Hi, I am Ali!
I build interactive platforms that enable novel user experiences, and I design products that make life easier.
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Multimodal Interactive Interface System
(M.S. Thesis)


Autonomous Context-Awareness System for Mobile Devices


Personalized Movie Recommendations via Physiological Response

Escape-Room Designs

Storyboards and Concept Models (Product Design Class)


Context-Awareness System for Quiet Environments


Emotional I/O Interface.
A Physical, Interactive Emoji


Smallest Fabbable Programmer. Detailed Explanations Provided

Eyeglasses Organizer

Modular, Wall-mounted Organizer for Eyeglasses


Capacitive-touch Paper Interface for Storytelling and Guided Drawing

How To Make (almost) Anything

(Digital Fabrication Class at MIT)

Ultrasonic Tactile Display

(B.S. Thesis)

Acoustic Field Characterization Robot

(Part of B.S. Thesis)

Dual-Microphone Noise Reduction System

(Graphical Signal Processing)


Ali Shtarbanov is a Bulgarian-American interdisciplinary human-centered innovator, engineer, and system designer whose work lies at the intersection of electrical- software- and mechanical-engineering, robotics, and interaction design. He develops interactive systems that enable radically new user experiences, bridging the gap between the worlds of bits, atoms, and human emotions; builds platforms that empower engineers, artists, and content creators to innovate and express their creative potential in entirely new directions; and designs products that enable people to perform everyday tasks more simply, more efficiently, and more enjoyably.

Ali's work has been presented at a number of national and international venues including most recently at the 2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in Montreal where he was also an invited keynote speaker at the Workshop on Mid-Air Haptics for Control Interfaces, and at the 2018 Hacking Arts Conference where he is invited to be an Interactive-Arts panelist. In 2018, Ali was selected by MIT Technology Review "35 Innovators Under 35" to serve as a judge for the 2018 Europe edition.

Currently, Ali is a Research Assistant and a first year Ph.D. Student at the MIT Media Lab. He holds a Master of Science in Media, Arts, and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), and Bachelor of Arts in Physics (Summa Cum Laude) - both from Lehigh University.

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