Leah Buechley


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I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder where I work with the Craft Technology Group.

My research explores the intersection of computational and physical media, focusing on computational textiles or electronic textiles (e-textiles) - soft, flexible, fabric-based computers. My work in e-textiles include developing a method for creating cloth printed circuit boards (fabric PCBs) and designing the commercially-available LilyPad Arduino system, which enables novices to build soft wearable computers. My research was the recipient of the best paper award at the 2006 International Symposium on Wearable Computers and has been featured in Popular Science, CRAFT Magazine, the Journal of Architectural Design, the Denver Post and the Taipei Times. I received my undergraduate degree in Physics from Skidmore College where I also studied theater, dance and photography.