Savannah Niles works as a designer and researcher in Miami, FL. She's interested in technologies that live quietly and meaningfully between the solid world and a softer one.
Savannah is currently a senior researcher at Magic Leap where she leads the HCI group within the User Experience team, researching and developing input design and system interactions. She graduated in 2015 from the Media Lab at MIT, where she received full funding in Dr. Andy Lippman's Viral Spaces group. While there, she researched mobile diagnostics, maternal health technology, and GIFs in visual journalism. She developed her master's thesis on techniques for visually manipulating video for integration onto wearable devices, ambient displays, and interfaces accessed by users with divided attention.
Previously, Savannah developed work with Beak Labs for Samsung Mobile and Twitter at SXSW, and she was a software development intern with Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development in Los Angeles. Her work has shown at the Austin Museum of Art’s Arthouse, 500X, and Gray Matters. She was a participant in the Dallas Pavilion Project published in conjunction with the 2013 Venice Biennale. Savannah has worked with middle school students as a teacher at Breakthrough Collaborative in Austin and as a tutor with the West Dallas Community Centers. Savannah graduated summa cum laude from SMU in May 2013 with degrees in sculpture and creative computation.