Full Name
Michael Chia-Liang Lin
Job Title
Research Scientist
MIT Media Lab City Science Group
Brief Biography
Michael Lin specializes in complex urban systems with over 15 years of experience in leading collaboration with tier-one automotive companies & the public sectors around the world to push the boundary of future urban mobility. Michael leads the MIT Media Lab City Science Group's future mobility research focusing on Mobility-On-Demand, Lightweight Autonomous Vehicles, and new mobility services. Michael leads a team of MIT Researchers and experts with diverse backgrounds to explore how transportation innovations reshape our future mobility landscape.

He is the inventor of the MIT Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV), a shared-use, open-source lightweight autonomous vehicle that aims to solve last-mile urban transport and logistics challenges. Michael's work received awards from the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, IF, and Core77 design awards and was featured by The Discovery Channel, Der Spiegel, and The New York Times and was displayed in exhibitions, conferences, and summits worldwide.

Michael received his Ph.D. from MIT Media Lab and two master's degrees from MIT: a Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences program and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies focusing on urban design. Michael's other inventions include the RoboScooter, a lightweight electric folding scooter designed as a clean, green mobility solution, and GreenWheel, an electrical propulsion system that integrates a lithium-ion battery pack with a DC motor that can be attached to existing bicycles.

Michael serves on several government and academia advisory committees, including the Smart City Committee, the Research and Development Committee for the City of Taipei, and the Taichung Cultural Education Foundation for Architecture.
Michael Chia-Liang Lin