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Sean Follmer

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University
United States of America

Sean Follmer


Sean Follmer is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in the ME Design Group. His Research in Human Computer Interaction explores the design of novel tactile physical interfaces. Dr. Follmer received a PhD and a Masters from the MIT Media Lab in 2015 and 2011 (respectively) for his work in human-computer interaction, and a BS in Engineering with a focus on Product Design from Stanford University. He has received numerous awards for his research and design work such as Best Paper Awards and nominations from premier conferences in human-computer interaction (ACM UIST and CHI conferences), Fast Company Innovation By Design Award, Red Dot Design Award, and a Laval Virtual Award.

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Mechanical Engineering


  • Raffle H, Ballagas R, Revelle G, Horii H, Follmer S, et al. (2010) Family Story Play: Reading with Young Children (and Elmo) Over a Distance CHI2010: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 28TH ANNUAL CHI CONFERENCE ON HUMAN FACTORS IN COMPUTING SYSTEMS, VOLS 1: 1583-1592.

  • Follmer S, Leithinger D, Olwal A, Cheng N, Ishii H (2012) Jamming User Interfaces: Programmable Particle Stiffness and Sensing for Malleable and Shape-Changing Devices UIST'12: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 25TH ANNUAL ACM SYMPOSIUM ON USER INTERFACE SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY 519-528.

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