Yasaman Tahouni is designer, maker, and a computer scientist who works as a Research Associate at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD). She holds dual master’s degrees in Design and Computation and in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Previously, she received her Bachelor of Architecture from University of Tehran, Iran. Yasaman’s research lies at the intersection of Computational Design, Digital Fabrication, and Human-Computer Interaction, and she seeks to find novel ways to bridge computation and materiality.
Before coming to ICD, Yasaman worked as a researcher at MIT Design Lab, where she led interdisciplinary research in the fields of design, manufacturing technologies and interactive systems to create intelligent everyday-used products. In addition to research, she has given lectures and co-taught several courses and workshops with focus on computational design, digital fabrication, and physical computing.
At ICD, Yasaman is conducting research on 4D-printing of bio-based materials, for which she develops design and fabrication platforms for creating programmable and shape-changing material systems.
- Bio-based and Bio-inspired 3D-printed Shape-changing Material Systems
- Responsive Autonomous Surface Structures Inspired by Passive Multi-phase Plant Movements
- ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Programmable Matter, 2018-19
- ITECH Seminar “Computational Design and Digital Fabrication”, 2018-19