Lillian (Lilly) Chin is a graduate student at MIT in Daniela Rus' lab, working towards a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She graduated from MIT in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with minors in Mechanical Engineering and Comparative Media Studies.
Her technical research interests are in creating computational material robots -- robots with advanced functionality through the algorithmic design of their material properties. Her research has focused on the systems-level design of soft robotic manipulators with new actuators and sensor integration.
Lillian is perhaps better known as the 2017 Jeopardy College Champion / "spiciest memelord". This reflects her humanities research interests - studying how old and new forms of media collide, chiefly in video games, film and internet culture. Specifically, she is interested in the media literacy required to maintain an understanding of duration, identity, and narrative in a world of increasing automation, networking and hyper-mediation.