Austin S. Lee


Jiyon’s husband, designer, educator, researcher, hacker.

Austin S. Lee is Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. At Microsoft and Skype, under Mark Swift’s management, Lee was in charge of the Skype’s HoloLens companion experience design. Microsoft filed numerous patents based on his inventions related to the area of remote immersive video conferencing and spatial drawing techniques. Lee has published the work of Skype for HoloLens at an international workshop at ACM Multimedia 2015 with peers including John Tang and Henry Chen from Microsoft Research and Skype design.

Lee received an MS in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab for his research at Hiroshi Ishii’s Tangible Media Group in human-computer interaction, covering the topic of AR applications for drawing and novel remote 3D collaborations. He also holds an MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design. Previously, Lee was awarded the National Space Grant and worked at NASA JPL with Dan Goods as a visual strategist, where he was in charge of the technical development of an interactive installation that promoted NASA’s Juno mission.

Through his design work, Lee has received international design awards including the Red Dot. His collaborative research projects were shown internationally at CHI, UIST, SIGGRAPH Asia’s Emerging Technologies program (Emerging Technologies Prize winner), IDSA’s International Conference and the Swiss Design Network Conference. Lee has co-taught Fundamentals of Visual Communication at the MIT Media Lab (Spring 2013) as an instructor and was a part time adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle where he taught with Dhairya Dand. Lee was also a mentor for the Dot Exchange Mentor program and a guest lecturer for a graduate design course at the Art Center College of Design.