Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering Master's programs in 11 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.

Seminar: Introduction to the Thing Tank

The Internet of Things gives rise to a new object centered approach: 'things design things'

The Internet of Things gives rise to a new object centered approach: ‘things design things’

Join us for the Seminar “Introduction to the Thing Tank”, which will be hosted by Professors Chris Speed (The University of Edinburgh), Elisa Giaccardi (TU Delft), Neil Rubens (UEC, Stanford University) on October 07, 2014  at 12:30. This project was competitively selected for the Skoltech Ideas Lab Program, which was launched in July 2014 in collaboration with MIT. The research team wants to share the projects plans with the Skoltech community and describe how it can be beneficial to research and education at Skoltech.

The project pioneers the field of object-centered innovation and aims to make Skoltech a hub for object-centered thinking, design and research.

Where: Beijing-2 Auditorium – China cluster

When: October 07, 2014, at 12:30 pm



Data produced by the practical use and reuse of objects is an untapped potential for design – outside of a streamlined process of production. How can we mine our interactions with ‘things’ to open up and articulate design spaces invisible to the naked human eye?

Project Description:

ThingTank is an Internet of Things (IoT) research project that uses a combination of field studies, object instrumentation, and machine learning to listen to what ‘things’ have to say. The platform explores the practical use and reuse of objects as an untapped potential for innovation. Thus, things will design things.


* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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