Amy Hurst

Dr. Hurst is passionate about understanding current social problems and identifying opportunities for technology to empower individuals impacted by those problems. She uses qualitative methods to analyze a current environment, design and build technology that fits within the constraints of that environment, and evaluate this technology in situ with target users. Her work sits at the intersection of assistive technology, interaction design, and engineering education.

Dr. Hurst is the director of the NYU Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the intersection between disability and technology. She is working with NYU students and local community members to understand current trends and create new technological solutions in the following domains: inclusive museum experiences, accessible web development for screen-reader users, helping clinicians and fabricators collaborate on assistive technology design, increasing the accessibility of stem education through tactile graphics, the impact of tech training for neurodiverse teenagers, how multi-sensory rooms can reduce anxiety in a dental clinic, and customized game controllers for individuals with limited mobility.

A long-standing research interest of hers is understanding how to empower non-engineers to “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) and create, modify, or build their own assistive technologies using digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers. She and her students have focused on inclusive design practices that can engage clinicians, end-users, and fabricators in creating their own assistive technologies. This work has included new design tools, teaching digital fabrication to individuals with intellectual disabilities, co-designing custom assistive devices with clinicians and end-users, and exploring the potential for creating “maker” jobs for youth in STEM programs.

Wearables, Physical Computing, Digital Fabrication/ Prototyping, IoT, User Experience, Tangible Design

User-Centered Design, Participatory Design

User Experience, Assistive Technology, Accessibility


Bodies in Motion Showcase

A collaboration between the Integrated Digital Media program at Tandon School of Engineering and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. This exhibition offered live performances, and interactive installations, that featured motion capture, virtual reality, projection mapping, and much more. This is a class that has …

Ideation and Prototyping Exhibition

On December 14th, 2018, from 6-8pm, seven “Ideation & Prototyping” classes will come together to showcase work they have made over the duration of the Fall Semester. Please join us!

When: Friday, 12/14/2018, 6-8pm

Where: 2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor, (NYU entrance from Lawrence Street).

Here is some documentation of the projects students presented at the show!

The NYU Ability Project

The NYU Ability Project, a joint research initiative with the Occupational Therapy Department (NYU Steinhardt) and the Interactive Telecommunications Program (NYU Tisch) supports research in client-centered, assistive technology and adaptive design for people with disabilities.  The Ability Project is an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the intersection between disability and …

Research: the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxmC)

The Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxmC) is the research arm of IDM at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The BxmC provides an interdisciplinary environment for media research at NYU Tandon, partnering faculty and students from the Integrated Digital Media program with collaborators from across NYU, New York City, and beyond. …

Affiliate and Adjunct faculty

Alfredo Salazar-Caro |  Allan Goldstein, Technology, Culture, and Society, NYU Tandon; NYU Ability Project |  Allison Berkoy |  Anita Perr, Occupational Therapy, NYU Steinhardt; NYU Ability Project |  Anne-Laure Fayard, Technology Management and Innovation, NYU Tandon |  Arlene Ducao |  Art Jones |  Beth Rosenberg, Director, Tech Kids Unlimited; NYU Ability Project | Beth Noveck, Director, Governance …

Eric Maiello (MS, New York University)Coordinator of Academic Programs, Integrated Digital MediaTechnology, Culture and SocietyNYU Media and Games Network (MAGNET), 2 MetroTech Center, Room 879eric.maiello@nyu.edu646.997.0720 Eric Maiello is a visual artist who specializes in photography, photo design, videography, special effects, and motion graphics. He is also skilled in 3D modeling/animation, …

Elizabeth Hénaff

Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff is a computational biologist and designer. Her academic trajectory started with a Bachelors in Computer Science, followed by a Master’s in Plant Biology (both from UT Austin) and a PhD in Bioinformatics from the The University of Barcelona. At the center of her research is a fascination …