milab was founded by Oren Zuckerman after completing his PhD at the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab in cambridge, MA. The goal was to create a small lab inspired by the large MIT Media Lab. The dream was to create an interdisciplinary prototyping lab that will empower students to create meaningful interactive experiences, and to study how these technologies influence human behavior, hopefully towards a better 21st century. Noa Morag joined the team shortly after, bringing her expertise in interactive media from NYU/ITP in New York and the Social aspect of technology from her STS doctorate from Bar Ilan University. Guy Hoffman joined a few years later, bringing his expertise in the design and study of social robots from MIT Media Lab. More recently Iddo Wald joined bringing his expertise in design & hardware prototyping from RCA/Imperial college in London and Andrey Grishko with his expertise in industrial design from Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. Soon after joined Hadas Erel who contributed her Cognitive Psychology expertise and started to manage and oversee all our research work in the lab and lastly but not least, Orit Avraham who managed the admin of the entire lab.
Many industry partners, VCs, accelerators, and entrepreneurs joined the effort, and are helping us empower students to think and act more creatively.
Today we are a leading lab in the field of HCI (Human Computer Interaction), we have a stunning space, recognition in the international academic community, and research projects in a variety of fields including tangible interaction, IoT, social robotics, wearables, drones, and technologies for creative learning
We are constantly looking for great people to join us, as students, postdocs, staff, faculty, industry mentors, and collaborators!
Research & Teaching Area
Our space serves extensive research work and teaching and therefor designed to accommodate the different needs. The main open space area is a classroom with modular seating arrangements, enabling 40 students to work in small groups in active-learning processes or listen to a lecture as in large groups. Other areas of the space, the northen large 6 meter-long table is designated for individual or collaborative work, and the 4 western offices are for quiet work or meetings that are being held.
We arranged our workshop machines & tools in two large rooms. The first room holds the various 3D printers, vinyl plotter, electronics boards / sensors / motors / accessories, and PCB making CNC and oven. The second room holds the laser cutter, CNC, and various hand tools for wood and metal work such as a milling machine, scroll saw, disk saw, sander machine, stationary drill and more.
Experiment room & Photography studio
A small & quiet room is dedicated for HCI studies, where we conduct experiments to better understand the interaction between people & technology. We use the same room as a photographic studio, to document our work in various stages of the prototyping process.
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Join the team
Our fabrication lab needs help. If you know the tools and think you mentor students and help out with maintaining them – we want to hear from you!
You need to be responsible, hard working, eager to learn, good social skills and have time.
Fabrication skills in 3D printing, laser cutter, CNC (a plus).
Maketec research assistant
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about interaction and innovation. You will be part of projects that develop innovative technologies that address current social & technological issues and dive deep into how the technology can be used to promote social or personal change.
Content devlopement, Online marketing, design and implementiation, Mentoring, Project Management