Ann Li

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Ann Li

is a multidisciplinary designer
driven by
storytelling, sense-making, and curiosity, exploring experiential narratives and creative tech

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Ann Li

Neurobiologist-turned designer. Currently pursuing a Masters in Interaction Design at Carnegie Mellon University.

Work spans the digital and physical, including multisensory exhibits, creative direction and strategy, interactive installations, and user interfaces.

Augmenting Embodied Learning in Mixed Reality In-Situ Welding

Integrating XR and tinyML to train skilled workers for future opportunities in creative arts and manufacturing


Design Research  
Workshop Facilitation
Feature Development
Interface Design
XR Prototyping




Dina El-Zanfaly
Daragh Byrne
Zhenfang Chen
Andrew Knowles
Tate Johnson
Semina Yi
Yumeng Zhuang


Design Research
UX Design
Conversation Design
Motion Design


Metal welding is a craft manufacturing skill that can be unusually difficult to externalize and represent to novices. Building competency requires an apprentice to iteratively practice embodied skills and sensitize themselves to a sensorially complex practice. To explore these challenges, a series of co-design workshops was conducted with a youth program in welding and fabrication. Opportunities for mixed reality, sensing, and tinyML processes to augment welding training and practice were identified, leading to the design of an extended reality welding helmet and torch which enhances the embodied learning of welding in three key ways.

Modified welding helmet and gun

System Design

Visual XR Guides and Integrated Motion Sensing

Combined motion-sensing and visual XR feedback helps improve proprioceptive
and embodied learning

Sensing Sonic Cues During Welding Practice

Acoustic sensing focuses learner attention on non-visual cues of weld performance

Mediated Meditation and Regulation

Biometric sensing enhances mindfulness and stress management in sensorially challenging environments

System diagram
Experiential co-design workshops conducted with community collaborators at the partner site

Focus groups with instructors and leadership
Participatory co-design of HUD interface
Accessible prototyping for XR visual interfaces
Weldning training immersion
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