Ali Shtarbanov is a Bulgarian-American interdisciplinary platform architect, interaction designer, and electrical engineer. His prior works range from interactive interfaces with haptic feedback that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital; to tools & development platforms that enable researchers, engineers, and artists to prototype rapidly & easily.
Ali is the inventor of the FlowIO Platform for and the founder of SoftRobotics.IO. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at MIT Media Lab and a Research Scientist at Meta Reality Labs . Previoulsy, he earned two bachelor degrees in Physics and Electrical Enigneering from Lehigh Univeristy (top 1%), and also a Master's Degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the MIT Media Lab.
To democratize and enable rapid prototyping and innovation opportunities in emerging fields for researchers, designers, artists, and makers from all technical and socioeconomic backgrounds, by developing and deploying enabling platforms that are highly versatile, general purpose, and simple to use by anyone.
I've had the privilege to mentor the following students as my undergraduate research assistants
Tuan Nguen (2016)
Matthew Marquez (2016-2017)
Qiuyue Liu (2017)
Dovran Charyyev (2017)
Catherine Yang (2017-2018)
Valerie Chen (2018-2019)
Alisha Fong (2019)
Francesco Bonde (2019-2020)
Layal Barakat (2020)
Hyeonji (Hailey) Oh (2021-2022)
Corrina Berger (2022)