Currently, I am a post-doc with Olga Sorkine-Hornung at ETH Zürich, interactive geometry lab.
Previously, I was a PhD student with Patrick Baudisch at Hasso Plattner Institute, human-computer interaction lab
In my research, I investigate and develop interactive design tools that enable digital fabrication of complex shapes and structures for novice users.
In my work, I propose unifying material and device and develop what I call metamaterial devices. While metamaterials, which are materials with properties defined by their engineered microstructure, were so far understood as materials–I think of them as devices. My research focuses on new types of machines, the functionality of which are solely defined by the material’s microstructure. The typically intricate cell-structures are hard to design, because only if all cells move in concert, they can perform their macroscopic device function. I develop interactive systems that assist users in modeling and generating the material geometry.
My research and expertise lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction, digital fabrication, deformation mechanics, and material science. My work has been published in and awarded by premier venues, including ACM UIST and CHI.
curriculum vitae: PDF
PhD topic “Metamaterial Devices”
Additional peer- reviewed publications
Robert Kovacs, Alexandra Ion, Pedro Lopes, Tim Oesterreich, Johannes Filter, Philip Otto, Tobias Arndt, Nico Ring, Melvin Witte, Anton Synytsia, and Patrick Baudisch
In Proceedings of UIST’18. Berlin, Germany, October 14 – 17, 2018. PDF
Pedro Lopes, Sijing You, Alexandra Ion, and Patrick Baudisch.
In Proceedings of CHI’18. Montreal, Canada, April 21 – 26, 2018. PDF
Alexandra Ion, Edward Wang, and Patrick Baudisch.
In Proceedings of CHI’15. Seoul, Korea, April 18 – 23, 2015. PDF
Pedro Lopes, Alexandra Ion, Patrick Baudisch.
In Proceedings of UIST’15. Charlotte, NC, November 8 – 11, 2015. pp. 11-19. PDF
Alexandra Ion, Yu-Ling Chang, Michael Haller, Mark Hancock, Stacey Scott.
In Proceedings of CHI’13. Paris, France, April 27 – May 2, 2013. pp. 3149-3158.
BEST PAPER HONORABLE MENTION. PDF
Other, non-peer-reviewed publications
Roland Aigner, Daniel Wigdor, Hrvoje Benko, Michael Haller, David Lindbauer, Alexandra Ion, Shengdong Zhao, and Jeffrey Tzu Kwan Valino Koh. Technical Report MSR-TR-2012-111. 2012. PDF
 Using Your Own Muscles: Realistic physical experiences in VR.
Pedro Lopes, Alexandra Ion, Robert Kovacs.
XRDS, Fall 2015, Vol. 22. PDF
CHI 2020 – subcommittee “Interaction Techniques, Devices & Modalities”
CHI 2019 – subcommittee “Interaction Techniques, Devices & Modalities”
SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 – Technical briefs and posters
UIST 2020 – demo co-chair
UIST 2019 – sustainability co-chair
UIST 2018 – local arrangements co-chair, accessibility chair
UIST 2017 – student volunteer co-chair
UIST 2016 – documentation chair
ACM CHI 2019 – 2014
ACM UIST 2019 – 2016
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
ACM TEI 2019, 2017
ACM DIS 2017, 2016
ACM Augmented Human 2016, 2015
IEEE World Haptics 2015, 2017
IEEE Haptics Symposium 2018
ACM ICMI 2017
ACM SUI 2016
ACM IMWUT 2019
Elsevier Computers & Graphics 2018
Nature Scientific Reports 2018
Interacting with Computers 2014
Student volunteer: CHI 2016, UIST 2015, ITS 2014