Cornell Tech campus photo
The Design+Tech Initiative at Cornell is offering summer workshops where professors and researchers from Cornell provide intensive study of specialized subjects. The workshops are open to the public. Each workshop is 1 week long and will take place in person at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

Workshops will run from June 13th- August 5th, 2022. Workshops have minimum enrollment limits and are subject to be cancelled if they do not meet them. Workshop enrollment fees vary based on the intended audience.

Please contact Alexandra Bremers ( if you have questions.

Register for the workshops!

June 13- June 17, 2022

Expressive Interaction with Doors and Windows (CANCELLED)

Wendy Ju and Malte Jung with Timur Dogan

Two researchers programming microcontrollers.

Making a cardboard model

Sketching designs






Interaction design is extending beyond screens and computers into our everyday environments. In this workshop, you will design expressive interactions with automatic doors, windows and window coverings using Raspberry Pi controllers.

Materials: Raspberry kit will be provided for use

Requirements: Laptop

Intended Audience: Roboticists, Researchers, Hobbyists.

Format: Morning lectures, afternoon studio time

Cost: $500 registration fee


Malte Jung is an Associate Professor in Information Science at Cornell University and the Nancy H. ’62 and Philip M. ’62 Young Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow. His research seeks to build understanding about interpersonal dynamics in groups and teams and how those can be shaped by machines. Malte leads the Robots in Groups Lab, which focuses on design and behavioral aspects of human-robot interaction in group and team settings.

Wendy Ju is an Associate Professor in Information Science at Cornell Tech. Her research focuses on the design of interaction with automated systems. She has a PhD from Stanford University, and a Master’s from the MIT Media Lab.

Timur Dogan is an assistant professor at Cornell AAP. Dogan holds a Ph.D. from MIT, a master’s in design studies from Harvard GSD, and a Dipl. Ing. in architecture with distinction from the Technical University Darmstadt. Dogan’s mission with Cornell and the Environmental Systems Lab is to enhance the knowledge of sustainable building technologies, through innovative educational programming and strategic research at the intersection of design, computer science, and building performance simulation as well as urban geospatial analysis.


July 5- July 8, 2022

Textile Tech (CANCELLED)

Francois Guimbretiere and Niti Parikh

Weaving on looms or by hands has provided a platform for record-keeping and storytelling for centuries. We will begin by making a  2 heddle loom first ourselves and then design digital interventions to operate this loom to make it more accessible.

Materials: DIY Loom kit, yarn as well as electronic components will be provided

Requirements: Laptop

Intended Audience: High School Students and up

Format: Morning workshops 9am – 12:30pm/ Independent Lab Hours 1:30-3:30pm

Cost: $300 registration fee plus $120 for materials kit


François Guimbretière is a Professor of Information Science at Cornell University. His research group explores how novel hardware could enhance users’ experience and creativity in digital document annotations, digital fabrication, remote collaboration, and Human-Robot Interactions. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and graduated from École supérieure D’électricité (Supélec, ECE) in France.

Niti Parikh is a founding director of the MakerLAB @ Cornell Tech. Her current work focuses on designing learning environments that inspire people of all ages and abilities to realize their ideas using digital modeling and fabrication. After her masters in Interior Architecture from RISD she has worked in the field of Architecture focused on sustainable practices in public spaces as well as practicing modern day sustainable crafts in products/spaces at her design studio (NPS).


July 11- July 15, 2022

First Step to Programming for Interactive Digital Art (CANCELLED)

Huiju Park

In this workshop, you will learn principles of circuit design and programming a micro-controller using Circuit Python. You will create a sound-responsive artwork through discussion and hands-on studio activities.

Materials: Microcontroller kit will be provided

Requirements: Laptop

Intended Audience: High School Students and up

Format: Morning workshops 9am – 12:30pm / Independent Lab Hours 1:30 – 3:30pm

Cost: $300 registration fee plus $120 for materials kit


Huiju Park (PhD) is an associate professor of Apparel Design in the Department of Human Centered Design at Cornell University. Professor Park obtained his PhD at Oklahoma State University with an expertise in functional apparel design after working at Puma Korea for five years as a team sports product line manager. His research group has developed wearable technologies to improve human health, safety and aesthetics.  Professor Park has taught Smart Clothing Design and Programming, Activewear
Design and Fashion CAD at Cornell University.


August 1-5, 2022

Interactive Sound Recognition for Robots

Guy Hoffman and David Goedicke

Blossom robot shown from the inside

In this workshop, you will learn to program a Raspberry Pi-based platform using Python to recognize and disambiguate contextual sounds. We will integrate this capability into simple robots; people with existing robot platforms are invited to bring their own robot to work with.

Materials: Raspberry Pi

Requirements: Laptop

Intended Audience: Roboticists, Researchers, Hobbyists.

Workshop requires proficiency in Python programming.

Format: This workshop will feature evening workshop hours.

Workshop fee: $500 registration fee plus $100 for materials kit


Guy Hoffman is an Associate Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. His research group studies the engineering and social aspects of interactions between humans and robots with the goal of designing robots that best support human values. He holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, and an MS in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

David Goedicke is a PhD Candidate in Information Science based at Cornell Tech. Before coming to Cornell he obtained undergraduate and master’s degrees in Creative Technology and Human-Media Interaction at the University of Twente.