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Design Expo 2012

The Microsoft Research Design Expo is a forum where student teams from top design institutions showcase their prototype interaction-design ideas.


Somya Jampala, Loretta Neal, Priscilla Mok
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design; Pittsburg, PA, United States

Papercake is a comprehensive social sharing system that integrates financial, medical, career and social information. Papercake provides coaching about how to stay organized.

  • Professors: Peter Scupelli and Bruce Hanington
  • Microsoft Liaisons: Yong Rhee, OXG-Office Design Group; Sogol Malekzadeh, Windows Phone Design


Siri Johansson, Shivanjali Tomar
Umeå University, Interaction Design Program; Umeå,Sweden

Lango allows new speakers of a language to learn, understand and progress through its cultural meanings. Like the difference between translation and interpreting, Lango allows for better understanding of a new language.

  • Professors: Brendon Clark and Niklas Andersson
  • Microsoft Liaisons: Jared Frew, Lauren Edelmeier, and Mike Kruzeniski, Windows Phone Design Group

Two Projects Related to "Seeking Patterns"

Neil Usher, Shing Tat Chung
Royal College of Art (RCA), School of Design; London, England

From RCA come two projects linked by a theme, Seeking Patterns. The projects each attempt to use algorithms to find patterns and cultural meaning in everyday events. The first project attempts to replicate a childhood past time, scanning the sky and looking for patterns in clouds. The second uses our cultural narrative around numbers ie: lucky/unlucky, and algorithmically manages a mutual fund.

  • Professors: James Auger and Anthony Dunne
  • Microsoft Liaisons: Richard Banks, Tim Regan, and Alex Taylor, Microsoft Research-Cambridge


Jaap Rutten, Segourney Muntslag, Iris Ploum, Natalia Papadopoulou. Maarten Karremans
Delft University, Industrial Design Engineering; Delft, Netherlands

Elevator is a project that helps us overcome and engage in social sharing experiences in one of the most universally awkward social situations…the long elevator ride.

  • Professor: Stella Boess
  • Microsoft Liaisons: Arne de Booij, MBS-Dynamics Design Group; Jakob Nielsen, OXG-Office Design Group


Ji Yu , Lin Xu, Xia Qing, Xu Duanduan
Tsinghua University, Academy of Arts and Design; Beijing, China

Roommate is a system that hopes to improve students adaptation to a post school world by focusing on helping to solve affordable housing needs.

  • Professor: Zhiyong Fu
  • Microsoft Liaisons: Frank Chen, Windows Phone Design Group; Jiawei Gu, Microsoft Research-Asia


Andrea Pech, Camila Barboza, Marina Almeida, Val de Castro
Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Zome is a system and visual language which helps people access and understand personal recommendations. Zome differentiates between unexpected and expected recommendations and adapts to a persons mood.

  • Professors: Elianne Jobim, Noni Geiger, and Rodolfo Capeto
  • Microsoft Liaisons: Tobias Kinnebrew, Analog Labs/IEB; Greg Melander, Bing Design Group


Hanne Trafnik, Katie Suskin, Neil Rhoades, Adam Rule, Zach Stiggelbout
University of Washington, Interactive Design Division; Seattle, WA, United States

APT is a service that allows apps to be discovered in the real world and not in an app store by delivering apps relevant to your location and situation. The service ambiently searches for relevant apps broadcasted locally or hosted in the cloud. These apps are filtered, ranked and distributed to individuals based on the user’s location and preferences.

  • Professor: Axel Roesler
  • Microsoft Liaison: Nathan Auer, OXG-Office Design Group