Udayan Umapathi

Udayan Umapathi

Research Assistant MIT Media Lab
Bio

Udayan is a designer, artist, an experimental physicist, researcher at MIT, and CEO of Droplet.IO Inc. His work is underlined by the idea that “computation is a way of understanding the universe”. He asks, “if the universe is a computer, then how do we program it?”. His most recent work showed how to bring programmability to water droplets. What started out as experiments to create computer interfaces with liquid matter, has resulted in a new paradigm in programmable materials which he calls “Programmable Droplets”. Trained as an engineer at RVCE, artist and scientist at MIT he seeks to blur the boundary between the natural and synthetic computation through Droplet.IO Inc. a Boston based start-up that he co-founded. Through the start-up he is creating tools to “program biology”, the ultimate form of programmable material.

Udayan has worked with Prof.Hiroshi Ishii and Prof.Neil Gershenfeld while at the MIT Media Lab. In the past he has also worked at various research labs, in the industry and he has also co-founded a couple of start-ups. His work has been showcased at international venues such as ACM UIST, ACM CHI, MRS, and exhibited at various art galleries including ARS Electronica.