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Flavia Sparacino, PhD, is the head of Sensing Places, an MIT Media Lab spinoff that designs and produces innovative museum exhibits, corporate showrooms, retail stores and large-scale interactive installations using cutting-edge media design, immersive and interactive technologies. She is a prolific inventor and was granted by MIT thirteen technology licenses for her inventions, one of the highest number of intellectual property licenses that MIT ever awarded. Her work has been publicized by the international press and television in eight different languages. Leveraging her multi-year experience as immersive designer, Sparacino recently launched a technology venture called BEAM Conference that focuses on the future of work and bridges the gap between at-home and onsite workers.
With an international portfolio of work that has transformed architecture, advertising and entertainment projects into engaging interactive stories, the international press has taken notice with features in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Discovery Channel, France’s Arte, and Japan’s NHK television. Flavia has also lectured at The Louvre Museum in Paris, the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, and at prestigious universities.
Since 2002, Flavia Sparacino and her design and engineering team at Sensing Places has been developing everything from mobile apps to media walls to showrooms and giant billboards stories high. Working closely with clients to develop strategic, creative, and highly technical solutions for specific goals, Sensing Places tailors every project to maximize user engagement with experiences involving innovative responsive design, gestural interaction, multi-touch surfaces, machine learning, and location-based and context-aware mobile development.