Our postdoctoral researcher Petr Kellnhofer received this year's Eurographics Annual Award for Best PhD Thesis for his strong technical contribution in perceptual modeling for stereoscopic 3D by running dedicated perceptual studies, deriving new perceptual models from his findings, and integrating these models in computer graphics algorithms. Congratulations!
Our Ph.D. student James Minor was recently awarded the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) postgraduate scholarship for his academic excellence, research ability, and leadership abilities. This prestigious and highly competitive scholarship will support James financially for the next two years. Congratulations to James!
AutoSaw, a robotic carpenter developed in Adriana Schulz's latest ICRA paper Robot Assisted Carpentry for Mass Customization, has attracted a lot of media attention from MIT News, BBC News, New Atlas, cnet, Designboom, BGR, engadget, Popular Mechanics, The Verge, Business Insider Australia, Inverse, Science Daily, IEEE Spectrum, New Atlas, Electronics360, and many more!
After spending two wonderful years in our group as a Postdoctoral researcher, Melina Skouras is joining the IMAGINE team at Inria Grenoble as a tenured research scientist in December. Melina has helped many of us in various research projects with her knowledge and expertise. Congratulations to Melina on her next move in career!
Our very own Desai Chen successfully defended his PhD thesis Multiscale Methods for Fabrication Design this afternoon. His thesis committee members are Professor Wojciech Matusik, Professor Justin Solomon, and Professor Markus J. Buehler. Congratulations to Dr. Chen, and wish him the best of luck for everything in the future!
Congratulations to Liang Shi on his newly accepted paper Near-eye Light Field Holographic Rendering with Spherical Waves for Wide Field of View Interactive 3D Computer Graphics at SIGGRAPH Asia this year! In this paper Liang and his colleagues at Nvidia present a light field-based CGH rendering pipeline allowing for reproduction of high-definition 3D scenes with continuous depth and support of intra-pupil view-dependent occlusion. Want to learn more? Please check out their project page and this cool video!
Subramanian Sundaram's recent work 3D-printed self-folding electronics was selected as Today's spotlight on MIT front page this morning! In this paper, Subra and his colleagues built a prototype self-folding printable device that includes electrical leads and a polymer “pixel” that changes from transparent to opaque when a voltage is applied to it. Check out this video to learn more about this tiny and cute self-folding robot!
We are pleased to announce that Yuanming Hu is joining our group as a PhD student starting from September 2017. Yuanming obtained his Bachelor's in Computer Science from Yao class at Tsinghua University. His research interests include physics-based simulation and rendering, as well as many other topics in computer graphics. Yuanming is also the author of Taichi, a popular open-source computer graphics software that implements more than 40 Siggraph/ToG papers. Welcome!
Adriana Schulz's paper Interactive Robogami is in the news today! In this project, Adriana and her coauthors develop a tool that lets users create ambulatory robots from a library of pieces that fold and fit together like origami. Check out this video to see some adorable robots they made!
Bo Zhu's paper Two-scale topology optimization with microstructures was featured at the front page of MIT News today! It is also covered by more than 20 media sites. In this paper, Bo proposed a method that can efficiently genrate 3D-printable structures with more than 1,000,000,000,000 elements with just a regular computer. Check out his project page to learn more!