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Thesis Research

Year: 2020

Supervisor: Uwe Rieger & Yan Li

The CyberBio Installation is a prototype for a mixed-reality bio-laboratory. The aim of this experimental setup is to nurture a symbiotic relationship between human and the biomaterial. It explores a radical new way to create and interact with living architecture. The installation contains experimental bio-degradable materials– in this instance algae. Various sensors and actuator components are integrated in both the laboratory space and the biomaterial itself. Using the HoloLens 2, this setup allows for cyber-physical interaction with the biomaterial.


CyberBio Architecture


The physical structure of the CyberBio Installation is constructed using two sets of PVC greenhouse. They were combined together to form a tunnel structure, creating an enclosed environment to support the growth condition of biomaterial. Multiple actuator components were embedded to regulate interior environmental conditions including panel heater and humidifier modules. They effectively maintained a warm and humid atmosphere within the installation space to aid the maturation of the biomaterial. Overtime, the biomaterial becomes the growth medium for various species of bacteria, allowing natural processes to run their course.


Various Mixed Reality interaction Methods

Guided Tour through the Installation


Mold Growth on agar panels overtime


Injection tube and moisture sensor embedded directly within Biomaterial

Link to CyberBio Online Gallery:

Walk-through of the CyberBio Online Gallery Space

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