Aubrey Simonson

Hi! I'm a second year graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, in the Fluid Interfaces group.

I'll be graduating in September 2021 and am still looking for what I'll be doing next!

I'm primarily interested in virtual reality, through the lenses of HCI and media theory.

I'm currently designing interactions in virtual reality which draw interaction metaphors from our previous experience with physical, 3d reality, rather than from previous HCI work with fundamental 2d technologies such as desktop and mobile devices.

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Bird Noticing

A virtual reality video game about bird watching.


A way to carry things in virtual reality.


A one-handed tool for controlling an arbitrary point in 3D space.

Anna Karenina Train

A historically accurate re-creation of the train from the novel in virtual reality.

Ceramics in Context

A hands-on exploration of the MFA's tea wares.


A digital representation of an analog library.

Virtual Learning Environments in Evolution, Osteology, and Anatomy

Putting priceless artifacts in the hands of undergrads.

Nostalgia Box

Machine-learning based digital memory soup

Volumetric Cinema

Cinematic experiments with volumetric displays


Using Weak Social Ties to Drive Voter Turnout (During a Pandemic)

Printing Sounds

Audio waveforms made tangible.