Yibo Fu

I’m a creative technologist, designer, fabricator & researcher. I enjoy turning trivial science & technology phenomenon into ‘magical moments’ for designed interactions.

I code in C++ (mostly Arduino), JavaScript, and Python, with a specialization in front-end development, embedded systems and firmware design. I frequently play around with Arduino and Raspberry Pi to bring ideas to life and I made an Arduino from scratch.

As a former industrial designer, I am proficient in 3D modeling (CAD), such as tools like Rhinoceros & Grasshopper, Fushion 360 and Alias. In my creative explorations, I also delve into the realms of C4D & Arnold/Octane renderer, crafting worlds that transcend reality.

Beyond digital design, I am deeply engaged in hands-on fabrication. My experience encompasses a wide array of processes including 3D printing, CNC milling, vinyl cutting, laser cutting, lathe work, machine sewing, THT/SMT soldering, injection molding and casting. This hands-on approach fuels my fascination with fabrication-inspired ideas/concepts.


Harpreet Sareen, Yibo Fu, Nour Boulahcen, and Yasuaki Kakehi. 2023. BubbleTex: Designing Heterogenous Wettable Areas for Carbonation Bubble Patterns on Surfaces. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '23). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 421, 1–15. 

Harpreet Sareen, Yibo Fu, Yasuaki Kakehi. “ephemera: Bubble Representations as Metaphors for Endangered Species”. In Proceedings of the ISEA 2023: 28th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Paris, May 15-22 2023

Yibo Fu, Yuqing Liang, Harpreet Sareen. Trouble Maker: A Truth or Dare Prompt Generator Based on Markov Chain. In Proceedings of CHI PLAY ’23, 2023, Stratford, ON, Canada

Yibo Fu, Anonymous authors. DropPop: Designing Drop-to-deploy Mechanism with Bistable Scissors Structures. (Full Paper, Under Review)

Anonymous authors, Yibo Fu, Anonymous authors. Fully Modifiable Fabric-Based Soft Circuit Board. (Journal paper, Under review)

Emily Guan, Yibo Fu. Fold It: Creating Foldable 3D Volumes From Planar 2D Surfaces. In Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF ’23), October 8–10, 2022, New York, NY, USA


08/2024 - 05/2029 (Expected)
PhD in Robotics, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

MFA Design & Technology,  Parsons School of Design

Exchange program, Tsinghua University

B.E. Industrial design,  South China University of Technology

Working experience

02/2023 - 12/2023
Research assistant, Morphing Matter Lab at HCII in Carnegie Mellon University

09/2022 - 12/2022
Visiting research intern, Morphing Matter Lab at HCII in Carnegie Mellon University

05/2022 - 08/2022
Design technologist intern, Smart Design,  New York

10/2022/ - 12/2022
Graduate teaching assistant, xFab, PGTE5270, Parsons School of Design

02/2022- 10/2022
Graduate research assistant of Prof. Harpreet Sareen, Parsons School of Design

Industrial design intern, XREAL.ltd

Awards & scholarships

2022 Core77 Design Award Notable

2019 Red Dot Design Award Best of the Best

2019 A’design Award Bronze

2020, 2021 Parsons Provost’s scholarship (50% tuition)

2021 Parsons Material Fund

2021 Parsons AMT Student Support Award

2022 - 2023, 2021 - 2022 Parsons Graduate Student Research Fund Award


Ephemera, 2022 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz

Other links

p5.js sketches
Major Studio 1 Website on Github

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