Kuan-Ju Wu (KJ) 吳冠儒
Born 1985, Taiwan
Lives/Works in Los Angeles, CA, USA
New Media Artist, Creative Technologist, Interaction Designer, Playful Educator.

Kuan-Ju Wu is interested in creating delightful interactions between humans, machines, and environments. He builds kinetic construction kits and tangible interfaces that borrow facets from the shapes and movements of nature, from the stories about the future machines, and the perceptual memories from our early childhood, those intuitive, rich and satisfying experiences. He has shown work in such venues as Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh; Assemble Gallery, Pittsburgh; and Interacción I/O/I, Disseny Hub Barcelona

Kuan-Ju sees teaching as art. In addition to illustrating technical knowledge he enjoys engaging in the constructive thinking process with students. He has led courses and workshops at universities and communities in the topics such as Making Thing Interactive (CMU), Robotic Bug Workshop (Assemble Gallery), Drawing Machine (RISD), Sensor Driven Storytelling - Internet of Trees (RISD).

Kuan-Ju Wu received his Master’s in Tangible Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA and his Bachelor in Electronics Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

Selected Exhibition

2019 Soundform No.1 Ars Electronica Linz, Austria
2019 Natura Machina: Teenage Meadow Creativity and Cognition Conference San Diego, USA
2018 Natura Machina: Newborn Vibrant Matter: Artworks Refiguring Form Los Angeles, USA
2018 Playform Currents New Media Festival Santa Fe, USA
2016 Waveform 2.0 Granoff Center Gallery Providence, USA
2014 TOOL (Sketchbot) Cooper Hewitt Design Museum New York City, USA
2011 Interacción I/O/I (GIFFI) Disseny Hub Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
2011 Three River Festival (PLUNKO) Assemble Gallery Pittsburgh, USA
2011 Maker Faire Bay Area (GIFFI) San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, USA
2011 NY World Maker Faire Bay Area (Cutter) New York Hall of Science New York, USA
2010 Digital Fabrication Final Show (Head Monster) Frame Gallery Pittsburgh, USA


2017 - Present Founder KJWU.CO Los Angeles, CA
2018 - Present Lab Manager CITRIS Invention Lab, UC Berkeley Berkely, CA
2019 - Present Instructor: Creative Programming and Electronics Jacobs Institute, UC Berkeley Berkely, CA
2018 Spring Instructor: Reimagining Mobility Jacobs Institute, UC Berkeley Berkely, CA
2017 Spring Visiting Researcher Yasuaki Kakehi Lab, Keio University Yokohama, Japan
2011-2017 Lead Technologist Tellart LLC Providence, USA
2016 Fall Instructor: Internet of Trees Rhode Island School of Design Providence, USA
2016 Spring Instructor: Creative Imaging Lab Rhode Island School of Design Providence, USA
2015 Fall Instructor: Drawing Machine Rhode Island School of Design Providence, USA
2011 Spring Teaching Assistant: Experimental Form Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, USA
2010 Summer Artist Assistant Ian Ingram Studio Pittsburgh, USA
2010 Spring Lecturer: Making Things Interactive Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, USA
2007 Summer Research Assistant Industrial Technology Research Institute Hsinchu,Taiwan


2010 MtID Master of Tangible Interaction Design Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, USA
2007 BS Bachelor in Electronic Engineering National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu, Taiwan
2007 Certificate Digital Content Program National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu, Taiwan


2012 GIFFI: A Gift for Future Inventor Wu, K.-J., Baskinger, M., and Gross, M. In Proc. TEI '12
2011 Interactive Fabrication Willis, K.D.D., Xu, C., Wu, K.-J., Levin, G. and Gross, M.D. In Proc. TEI '11
2010 TOPAOKO:interactive construction kit Wu, K.-J. and Gross, M. CHI '10
2019 Heimdall: A Remotely Controlled Inspection Workbench For Debugging Microcontroller Projects Mitchell Karchemsky, J.D. Zamfirescu-Pereira, Kuan-Ju Wu, François Guimbretière, and Bjoern Hartmann In Proc. CHI'19
2019 Natura Machina: Teenage Meadow Wu, K.-J. and McGregor, A. In Proc. C&C'19

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