I am a Designer and Engineer with 10+ years of experience in prototyping future technologies. I use my background in Design and Human Computer Interaction to devise creative solutions with and for new technologies at the intersection of hardware and software.


Since July 2022
Meta — Product Design Prototyper
Input Exploration Team
Burlingame, CA

2015 – 2022
Samsung Research — Research Engineer
Think Tank Team
Mountain View, CA

ART+COM — Interaction Designer
Berlin, Germany

2011 – 2012
Disney Research — Research Assistant
Pittsburgh, PA

2010 – 2011
WHITEvoid — Freelance Interaction Designer
Berlin, Germany

Exozet Interact – Interface Designer (Intern)
Berlin, Germany


2013 – 2015
MIT Media Lab — M.S. in Media Arts and Technology
Tangible Media Group

2007 – 2012
Berlin University of the Arts — Diplom (~ B.A. + M.A.) in Digital Media and Interaction Design
Digitale Klasse

School of the Art Institute Chicago — Semester Abroad


Kinetic Blocks – Actuated Constructive Assembly for Interaction and Display. In Proc. UIST ‘15
P. Schoessler, D. Windham, D. Leithinger, S. Follmer, H. Ishii.

TRANSFORM as Adaptive and Dynamic Furniture. In Proc. CHI ‘15
L. Vink, V. Kan, K. Nakagaki, D. Leithinger, S. Follmer, P. Schoessler, A. Zoran, H. Ishii.

TRANSFORM: Embodiment of “Radical Atoms“ at Milano Design Week. In Proc. CHI ‘15.
H. Ishii, D. Leithinger, S. Follmer, A. Zoran, P. Schoessler, J. Counts.

THAW: Tangible Interaction with See-Through Augmentation for Smartphones on Computer Screens. In Proc. TEI ‘15.
S. Leigh, P. Schoessler, F. Heibeck, P. Maes, H. Ishii.

Cord UIs: Controlling Devices with Augmented Cables. In Proc. TEI ‘15.
P. Schoessler, S. Leigh, K. Jagannath, P. van Hoof, H. Ishii.

THAW: Tangible Interaction with See-Through Augmentation for Smartphones on Computer Screens. In Proc. UIST’14.
S. Leigh, P. Schoessler, F. Heibeck, P. Maes, H. Ishii.

Botanicus Interacticus: interactive plants technology. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2012 Emerging Technologies (SIGGRAPH ‘12).
I. Poupyrev, P. Schoessler, J. Loh M. Sato.

Feedback Fridge: Tangible Visualization of Nutrition Data with Preventive Effect. In Proc. TEI ‘11.
P. Schoessler.


Robotic vision (2022)
Hybrid robotic motion planning system using machine learning and parametric trajectories (2022)
Anticipating user and object poses through task-based extrapolation for robot-human collision avoidance (2022)
Parameterized waypoint generation on dynamically parented non-static objects for robotic autonomous tasks (2022)
Systems and methods for virtual displays in virtual, mixed, and augmented reality (2019)
System and method for multipurpose input device for two-dimensional and three-dimensional environments (2019)
Detecting and environment of an electronic device using ultrasound (2019)
Identifying Device Associated With Touch Event (2016)
Electromagnetic Interference Signal Detection (2016)
Processing Electromagnetic Interference Signal Using Machine Learning (US20160261268A1) (2016)
User interactive living organisms (US20130221996A1) (2012)


Afterlife: Spark Design Award 2023 (Bronze)
Cord UIs: Fast Company Innovation by Design Award 2015 Winner (Student)
THAW: Fast Company Innovation by Design Award 2015 Finalist (Experimental)
TRANSFORM: A’Design Award Platinum 2015
TRANSFORM: Interaction Awards (IxDA) Shortlist 2015
THAW on GIZMODO: The 7 Most Important UI and UX Ideas of 2014
TRANSFORM on GIZMODO: The 7 Most Important UI and UX Ideas of 2014
THAW: UIST 2014 People’s Choice Best Demo Honorable Mention (2014)
Botanicus Interacticus: F.I.T.C. 2013 Awards Finalist
Botanicus Interacticus: 1st Prize Nokia Ubimedia Mindtrek Award (2012)


inFORM at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (2014 – 2015)
TRANSFORM at Milano Design Week, Italy (2014)
Botanicus Interacticus at International Design Biennale, Saint-Etienne (2013)
Botanicus Interacticus at NIGHTIME-DREAMREAL, Shanghai (2013)
Botanicus Interacticus at Numa International Digital Media Festival, Finland (2012)
Botanicus Interacticus at SIGGRAPH Emerging Technology Exhibit, Los Angles (2012)


Kinetic Blocks

The Verge (2015) — MIT’s new shapeshifting display can build miniature buildings
Fast Company (2015) — MIT Invents A Flowing River Of 3-D Pixels That Lets Objects Assemble Themselves
Wired (2015) — MIT’s Crazy Shapeshifting Display Can Now Build With Blocks
Gizmodo (2015) — MIT’s Morphing Table Is Now Skilled Enough to Stack Building Blocks
Designboom (2015) — Engineers at Tangible Media Group Construct Alterable Pin Surface to Move Objects
Tech Insider (2015) — This amazing shapeshifting surface can build tiny structures all on its own
The Creators Project (2015) — Watch MIT’s Kinetic Shape Display Move Objects and Build Structures

Cord UIs

Fast Company (2015) — 5 Ways MIT Is Reinventing Your Power Cord
Wired (2015) — MIT Inventors Turn Power Cords Into Gadget Interfaces
Gizmodo (2015) — Pinchable Headphone Cords That Control Your Music Are a Brilliant Idea
PSFK (2015) — Pinched Power Cables and Cords Double as Remote Controls
Daily Mail (2015) — Forget switches, now you can control your gadgets with a twist, bend or kick of a cable
Heise online (2015) — “Cord UIs”: Wenn das Kabel zum Schalter wird


GIZMODO (2014) — The 7 Most Important UI and UX Ideas of 2014 THAW
Fast Company (2014) — MIT Invents A Magic Lens That Combines All Your Screens Into A Single Experience
Engadget (2014) — MIT can turn your smartphone into a different kind of second screen
Digg (2014) — Is This The Next Big Idea In Interactive Gaming?
Wired (DE) (2014) — Mit Thaw wird das Smartphone zur Brücke zwischen Bildschirmen
Wired (2014) — MIT’s Slick New UI Lets Your Phone and Desktop Screens Behave as One
CNET, Tomorrow Daily 053 (2014) — Incredible multiscreen interaction from MIT’s THAW project, and more
Slate (2014) — MIT Researchers Are Using Smartphones to Interact With Other Screens (2014) — Das Smartphone schnappt Dateien vom Bildschirm
CITEworld (2014) — How phones and computers can talk via sight
Gizmodo (2014) — MIT Made a Smartphone Control a Computer With a Simple Touch
Designboom (2014) — THAW: Seamlessly Combine Your Smartphone and Your Desktop Computer


GIZMODO (2014) — The 7 Most Important UI and UX Ideas of 2014 TRANSFORM
Business Insider (2014) — This Incredible Shapeshifting Table Responds To Your Movements In Dramatic Fashion
Dezeen (2014) — MIT Media Lab’s shape-shifting table top is “equivalent to the invention of painting Dezeen (2014) — Table top by MIT designers ripples when people are nearby
WIRED (2014) — MIT Whizzes Invent Magical Furniture That Changes Shape on Demand (2014) — MIT Transform project gives shape to human-object interplay
psfk (2014) — Futuristic shapeshifting furniture mimics motion found in the world around us
International Business Times (2014) — MIT Shows Off Shapeshifting Furniture That Changes Before Your Eyes
CNET Australia (2014) — Interactive furniture transforms with a wave of the hand
Engadget Germany (2014) — 3D-Display Transform zeigt die Zukunft flexibler Möbel (Video)
PHYS ORG MIT (2014) — Transform project gives shape to human-object interplay
pixable (2014) — ‘Transform’: MIT Shapeshifting Table Can React To Your Mood
Business Standard (2014) — Now, shapeshifting furniture that can transform with gesture
GIZMODO (2014) — Watch an Incredible Interactive Table Morph To a Person’s Movements
HYPEBEAST (2014) — MIT Unveils Shapeshifting Furniture of the Future
creators project (2014) — MIT’s Kinetic Tabletop Is A Huge Step Towards Retail Shape-Shifting Furniture
SLASH GEAR (2014) — “Transform” dynamic furniture transforms its shape
UrDesign (2014) — MIT’s Tangible Media Group unveils Transform at Lexus Design Amazing 2014
FastCompany (2014) — MIT Unveils The Shapeshifting Furniture Of The Future
The VERGE (2014) — MIT creates shapeshifting furniture that can transform with a gesture

Botanicus Interacticus

PAGE (2013) — Botanicus Interacticus: Mensch-Pflanzen-Interaktion
ARD (2013) — Wissen vor acht (Kurzbeitrag)
FastCompany (2012) — Disney’s Interactive Plants Aren’t Just Magic. They’re Practical Magic.
The Verge (2012) — Disney’s ‘Botanicus Interacticus’ turns any plant into an interactive toy
WIRED UK (2012) — Disney shows you how to play music on a house plant SLASHGEAR (2012) Disney creates Botanicus Interacticus multi-touch plants
Huffington Post (2012) — Botanicus Interacticus: Disney’s ‘Interactive Plant Technology’ Turns Plants Into Musical Instruments
Creative Applications (2012) — Botanicus Interacticus – Designing interactive plants at Disney Research
Engadget (2012) — Disney Research’s Botanicus Interacticus adds capacitive touch to ordinary plants, we go hands-on
Golem (2012) — Disney macht Zimmerpflanzen interaktiv
Netzwelt (2012) — Botanicus Interacticus: Disney verwandelt Pflanzen in Computermäuse