Ali Shtarbanov is a research assistant and graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, where he is developing technologies that augment the way we live, work, and play by providing novel means for interacting with information, machines, and with one another. Ali is most passionate about inventing entirely new kinds of user experiences, often multimodal, and in bridging the gap between the worlds of bits, atoms, and emotions. He is working at the intersection of multiple fields, and his projects integrate skills and ideas ranging from electrical engineering and computer science, to mechanical engineering and product design, to neuroscience and perception. Ali earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Physics (both summa cum laude) from Lehigh University in 2015, and is currently pursuing an M.S. degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.