Co-founder and Chief Product Officer
Research Affiliate at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Foresight +Product Design
Research Assistant + Designer
Development Engineer (Management associate)
M.S. in Engineering and Management
Integrated Design and Management
B.Eng. Product Design and Manufacture
First-Class Honors, Dean’s Excellence Scholarship
The 10 Coolest IoT Hardware Companies - Butlr
US list 2022
North America list 2022
Concept Group top winner: Illusory Material
Professional product design finalist: Illusory Material
Student Design Silver Award: Illusory Material
Bakeware, Tableware, Dinnerware and Cookware Design: Luna
Student Design Silver Award: Dual
Packaging Design Gold Award: Dual
Disposable & Single-Use Product Design Gold Award: Tag Tag
Joint exhibition with Stratasys "SSYS 2Y22 REFLECTION"
Art and Life, Curated by China Academy of Art.
Adapted Realities - How can digital systems improve both our physical and virtual worlds?
A Preview of The Future
Curated by Ventura Projects
Can we solve the world’s ageing population crisis by 2035?
Jiani Zeng and Honghao Deng, Butlr: “Trust should be earned by securing privacy at a hardware-level”
Illusory Material searches for virtual intimacy in the physical reality
These sensors know when your office is underutilized—and when your grandma takes a fall
World’s first anonymous people-sensing platform snaps $20M to make buildings intelligent
3D Printed Objects That Can Change Their Appearance Depending on the Viewpoint
Using tech to map the spaces we need for the future of work
Butlr Technologies, developing anonymous people sensors, inks $7.9M seed round
The Best 3D Printing Developments of 2020
The Future of Design: 3D Printing Illusory Materials with PolyJet Technology
Illusory Material: reimagining product design with multi-material 3D printing
This startup reworked its privacy-friendly sensors to help battle COVID-19
Milan19: MIT Integrated Design & Management
Invited speaker: Design, Develop, Deploy
Guest lecturer: Weaving Tangible Experiences with Digital Information
Invited speaker: 材料的边界
Presentation: Mollusca: Design and Fabrication of a Crawling Origami Robot
Zeng, J., Deng, H., Zhu, Y., Wessely, M., Kilian, A., & Mueller, S. (2021, October). Lenticular Objects: 3D Printed Objects with Lenticular Lens Surfaces That Can Change their Appearance Depending on the Viewpoint. In The 34th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 1184-1196).
Xinlei Zhang, Ali Shtarbanov, Jiani Zeng, Valerie K. Chen, V. Michael Bove, Pattie Maes, and Jun Rekimoto. 2019. Bubble: Wearable Assistive Grasping Augmentation Based on Soft Inflatables. In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Paper LBW2313, 1–6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3312868
Expand material presence to material experience with volumetric thinking: voxel based multi-material printing in designing objects.
Advisors: Axel Kilian and Stefanie Mueller.
Featured on the magazine front cover | Contributing author of article titled “Detach Yourself from the Perfect Design”.
Featured on the magazine front cover | Designer Interview in China Academic Journal (RCCSE authoritative core journal, ISSN1003-0069)
Contributing author of article featuring “Illusory Material”, publisher: 中国工商出版社.
Contributing author of article titled “The Digital Physical”.