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Chao Ying Qin

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Major project:


Mindscaper, a reflexive thinking practice with a software interface that visualises one’s subconscious perceptions. Mindscaper aims to provide a tangible, accessible mental model updates for the practitioners by informing the limits of the mental models, and where they situate in the bigger picture of the society. The design process of Minscaper demonstrates how today's designers facilitate and catalyse paradigm shifts towards a more sustainable society.


  • Design as a facilitator of paradigm shift

    I am curious about how the world works – with the heart of explorer and brain of the artist, I steered my education from physics to design – from learning about the observed nature, to the working of the complex human world. This master's course is my opportunity to reflect on the social dimension of scientific knowledge, and establish my design practice at the interface of science and society. My graduation design work involves deconstructing anthropocentrism and transcending mechanistic paradigm at the level of perception through experimentation, co-creation, and data visualisation.

  • Previous degrees

  • BSc Honours Physics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2016
  • Experiences

  • Research assistant, ATLAS experiment, CERN, 2014; Research assistant, Medical Physics, McGill University, 2015–2016; Design science ambassador, IdeaSquare at CERN, 2018–2019; Programming and robotics educator, blue{shift}, 2019
  • Exhibitions

  • Chemistry Futures 2040, Molecular Sciences Research Hub, London, 2019; Venture Catalyst Challenge 2019, Imperial Enterprise Lab, 2019; Hackspace Demo Day, Imperial College London, 2019
  • Publications

  • Development and Characterisation of a Gas System and its Associated Slow-Control System for an ATLAS Small-Strip Thin Gap Chamber Testing Facility, Journal of Instrumentation, Instrumentation and Detectors, P04027, 2017, 23 pages
  • Awards

  • Jeanne Bell Research Award, 2016; Jean Lumb Award for Community Service, 2019
Royal College of Art