Immersive Kinematics is a research group directed by Simon Kim and Mark Yim. This group is a unique team of engineering and design that expands the roles of architecture and engineering focusing on integrating robotics, interaction, and embedded intelligence in our buildings, cities, and cultures. In this capacity, new devices and new environments are continuously developed and deployed in the production of culture and art. The group has continually tested these prototypes within the domain of theatrical performance. Working with award winning organizations such as Pig Iron, Carbon Dance, The Dufala Brothers, Grace Kelly Jazz, and Opera Philadelphia, Immersive Kinematics has produced and designed multiple bespoke stage designs, nonhuman performers, and interactive instruments. With titles such as Nervous Matter, Music of the Planets, Orpheus and Eurydice, the collaborations have been presented to the public at venues such as the Slought Foundation, Traction Company, and the Annenberg Centre.

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Simon Kim

Simon Kim is Associate Professor in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and Principal of Ibañez Kim. His recent research has been an engagement with sensate environments: architecture of nonhuman agency in private spaces and in the commons. Simon has lectured internationally and published his work in multiple peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research interests are the architectural implications of compound intelligence, autonomous devices, and their mediated design experiences. As an artist and designer, he has produced works on entropy, communication, and reconfiguration for the MoMA PS1, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the ICA.

Mark Yim

Mark Yim is Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department at the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to Penn, he was Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC).  Mark is also director of the ModLab, a research group that designs and builds small flying robots, self-assembling floating structures, modular self-reconfigurable robots and has demonstrated robots that can transform into different shapes, jump, climb, manipulate objects and reassemble themselves. His other research interests include product design, reactive art and architecture, origami, snake locomotion, urban search and rescue and mobile manipulation.


Mariana Ibañez


Team and Assistants

Mariana Ibañez is an architect in Argentina, Principal of Ibañez Kimand Standing Faculty at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning where she is founding a new research lab. She is on the awards jury of the Boston Society of Architects, as well as admissions for the MacDowell Colony. As an academic and editor, Mariana’s research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery. Her edited publications by Actar D and a + t are inquiries into design agency and its scope of performativity. Her theater work continues with the collaboration with Grace Kelly Jazz, The Dufala Brothers, and Opera Philadelphia, as well as exhibiting in the MoMA, Milan Fashion Week, and National Art Museum in Beijing.

Alexandra Adamski, Kevin Alcedo, Mohit Bhoite, Sarah Davis, Doug Breuer, Fei Chen, Yue Chen, Michelle Chew, Mike Choi, Chris Chung, John Darby, Andrew Gardner, Mingxin He, Kordae Henry, Angela Huang, Lyly Huyen, Zachary Kile, Aidan Kim, Kyuhun Kim, Han Kwon, Jan Kwon, Daniel Lau, Stella Latscha, Jedtsada Laucharoen, Brett Dong Ha Lee, JungHyo Lee, Qiyao Li, Andrew Matia, Chris McAdams, Joanne Meng, Tian Ouyang, Sam Pan, Emma Peng, Matthew Piccoli, Joe Piorkowski, Gary Polk, Bowen Qiu, Kate Rufe, Sanam Salek, Jimmy Sastra, Adam Schroth, Gideon Fink Shapiro, Tarik Tosun, Angeliki Tzifa, Billy Wang, Logan Weaver, Shulei Weng, Michael Wetmore, Dean Wilhelmi, Sarah Wolf, Eric Wong, Shuxin Wu, Ying Xu, Hyeji Yang, Lei Yu.