Intel Fellowship

CIID have been chosen as one of five design institutes worldwide selected by Intel to be part of their new IxD programme.

The Intel Design School Network is a network of five of the leading design schools around the world. Members include the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in Copenhagen and the Royal College of Art in London. Intel Corporation is partnering with these schools to enhance the student learning environment by introducing students to innovative technology and by promoting creative thought leadership where technology and user experience collide.

‘We chose CIID as one of the institutions for this programme as although they are smaller they are very well networked and agile’ John Somoza, Higher Education Program Manager, Intel

The Intel Fellowship programme at CIID has been devised to award and foster excellence and widespread influence in initiatives that extend the impact of research and researchers in interaction design, artistic practice in technology and creative inquiry in communications and media. With demonstrated potential to further disseminate and extend the influence of remarkable research and projects, perspectives, methods, and tools that contribute to a shared knowledge base and to the development of curricula in interaction design and related fields, the Fellowship has been awarded to a researcher, artist, technologist and philosopher Sha Xin Wei.

Sha Xin Wei has joined CIID for 12 months in October 2013 as part of this programme, and has established an ongoing collaborative relationship with CIID. His Fellowship project Q Is for Quicken centered around paper as an interactive and tactile material that can emit sound modulated by touch and pressure.


Sha Xin Wei, Ph.D., is the Incoming Director of Arts, Media + Engineering at ASU. He is currently Canada Research Chair in media arts and sciences, and Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. Since 2001 he has directed the Topological Media Lab, an atelier-laboratory for the study of gesture and materiality from computational and phenomenological perspectives. Sha’s research concerns ethico-aesthetic improvisation, and a topological approach to morphogenesis and process philosophy. With the TML, Sha creates responsive environments for ethico-aesthetic improvisation.

Sha Xin Wei was trained in mathematics at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and worked more than 12 years in the fields of scientific computation, mathematical modeling and the visualization of scientific data and geometric structures.

Sha’s particular areas of research include the realtime, continuous mapping of features extracted from gestural instruments (such as woven or non-woven fabrics) into parameters modulating the continuous synthesis of video, sound, and physical or software control systems. This technical work supports the expressive improvisation of gesture in dense, palpable fields of sound, video and structured light, and animated materials.

Sha Xin Wei - Academia Profile

The Topological Media Lab

Intel Fellowship Project Development