Team

The Computational Fabrication Group is an interdisciplinary team of students, post-doctoral associates, and research staff from computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and materials science. The group is led by Professor Wojciech Matusik.

Faculty

Wojciech Matusik is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where he leads the Computational Fabrication Group. Before coming to MIT, he worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Adobe Systems, and Disney Research Zurich. He studied computer graphics at MIT and received his PhD in 2003. He also received a BS in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and MS in EECS from MIT in 2001. His research interests are in direct digital manufacturing and computer graphics. In 2004, he was named one of the world’s top 100 young innovators by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. In 2009, he received the Significant New Researcher Award from ACM Siggraph. In 2012, Matusik received the DARPA Young Faculty Award and he was named a Sloan Research Fellow.

Administrative Staff

Bryt Bradley has been an official part of the MIT Computer Graphics Group since March 1998 and re-joined the Computational Fabrication Group in July 2015.  The purview of her duties include all things logistics and harbinger-related.

Research Staff

Javier Ramos is a research engineer in the group. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2012 and M.S. in 2014. During his undergraduate years, Javier worked on ultrasound imaging hardware at the Computational Instrumentation Group and on biologically inspired robotics at the d'Arbeloff Laboratory. His research interests include machine design, manufacturing systems, and digital fabrication hardware.

David Kim is working as a Technical Assistant on our 3D printer fabrication.

Wenshou Wang is a research scientist in Prof. Matusik's group, CSAIL, MIT. He got his Ph.D in Polymer Science in 2007 from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science. His current research interest is in the formulation of printable functional polymeric materials for 3D printing.

Michael 'Mike' Foshey is a Mechanical Engineer working as a Technical Associate to create and build our 3D printer fabrication.

Postdoctoral Associates

Sung-Ho Bae joins our group in summer 2016, from KAIST in South Korea.  During his post-doctoral studies, he will research image/video quality assessment/enhancement for virtual reality contents, especially with Alexandre Kaspar and Hui Qiao.

Vahid Babaei came to us from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He will be working on our 3D printing initiatives. He can be reached at: babaei[at]mit.edu.

Changil Kim joins our group in October 2016, from the Interactive Geometry Lab of ETH Zurich, led by Prof. Olga Sorkine-Hornung. Before IGL, he obtained his PhD at the Computer Graphics Laboratory of ETH Zurich and Disney Research Zurich.

Mélina Skouras has joined us from the Computer Graphics Laboratory of ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where she collaborated with Disney Research Zurich.  Her PhD thesis focused on the development of novel algorithms for the design of custom deformable objects.

Petr Kellnhofer is joining our group in January 2017 and will use the research and knowledge garnered during his successful PhD thesis work ("Perceptual modeling on stereoscopic 3D") at MPI Informatik to enhance all of our research efforts.

Bo Zhu is a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and comes to us from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University (where he received his PhD with Prof. Ron Fedkiw in June 2015).  His research interests are mainly focused on computer graphics and computational physics, especially on computational fluid dynamics.

PhD Students

Adriana Schulz is a graduate student in Computer Science at MIT. She received her MSc in Mathematics (major Computer Graphics) at IMPA in 2011, and her BS in Electronics Engineering from UFRJ in 2009. She is interested in data driven methods for fabrication.

Subra Sundaram is a graduate student in the EECS department where he received his SM degree in 2014, working on MEMS oscillators. He got his undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani in India. He is interested in 3D printing functional parts.

Desai Chen is a graduate student in computer science at MIT CSAIL. He received his bachelor's degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. He is interested in computational fabrication and physically-based simulation.

Alexandre Kaspar is a 3rd year PhD student at MIT CSAIL. He received a bachelor's and master's degrees from EPFL where he worked on constrained 3D modeling on GPU as well as texture synthesis. His current projects include (1) crowdsourcing rotoscoping and other graphics applications, and (2) hybrid printing / modeling using mixed vector and voxel representations.

Andrew Spielberg is joining the CFG part time as of fall 2015, as some of our research dovetails nicely with his current research efforts in Daniela Rus' PPM group.

James Minor is a graduate student in the EECS department who joined the CFG group in late fall of 2015. He received his BASc in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 2015. He is interested in 3D printing electronics.

Jie Xu is a graduate student in Computer Science who joined the CFG in September 2016. He obtained his Bachelor's degree at Tsinghua University in 2016.

Kiril Vidimče is a PhD student in Computer Science. After obtaining his B.S. in Math and Computer Science and prior to his return to academia, he spent 8 years in Pixar's R&D group working on the in-house animation, lighting and rendering tools and another 4 years in Intel's Advanced Rendering Technologies group researching real-time rendering algorithms.

Tao Du joined the CFG in September 2015, coming to us from Stanford University where he worked with Leo Guibas (amongst others).

Liang Shi joins our group in the spring of 2017. He received his Bachelor's degree from Beihang University and his Master's degree from Stanford University. At Stanford University, he worked in Computational Imaging Group directed by Prof. Gordon Wetzstein.

MS/MSEng Students

Nick Bandiera joins the CFG in Fall 2015 and will be using his MechE chops on the carbon fiber 3D printing project.

Visitors

Yagiz Aksoy is visiting our group as of February 2017.  He is currently a PhD student at ETH Zurich, where he is working in the fields of low-level vision and interactive image editing while being advised by Marc Pollefeys.

Undergraduates

Luis Trueba is joining the CompFab Group in Summer 2017.  He is an engineering undergraduate student here at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is hoping to gain engineering experience by working on challenging and exciting projects.

Alumni

Pitchaya Sitthi-amorn earned a B.S. and PhD. in computer Science from University of Virginia. He then joined the Computer Graphics group at CSAIL, MIT under Wojciech Matusik. His research interests range from real-time rendering, GPGPU and compilers to 3D printing and fabrication.  He has left our group and is continuing his research at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Emma Steinhardt worked with us as a junior at MIT majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She researched the use of 3D printing technologies to manufacture mechanical assemblies.

Juan D Castrillon joins the CFG as a SuperUROP (no capes) in the fall of 2015.

Shinjiro Sueda (Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University)

Yuki Koyama (University of Tokyo)

 

Allen Park (Google) formerly worked on adding Machine Vision to the 3D printer being fabricated in our group.  He returned to the CFG in Fall 2015 to work on fun and interesting research problems and graduated in September 2016.

Sami Alsheikh joins the CFG in Fall 2015 as a SuperUROP! His research focuses on using newly developed radar technologies to understand different environments. Radar offers advantages over video because it doesn’t require light and has the potential to pick up on additional characteristics such as texture or material properties. Sami's work involves taking readings with small, new high-frequency radar chips, and exploring different analysis methods to derive meaning from the data.

Ziwen Jiang joined the Computational Fabrication Group in June 2015 and is working on the Mechanical Engineering aspects of 3D printing as being researched in the group, amongst other topics.

Maria "Masha" Shugrina was a graduate student in Computer Science, and joined the group in 2013. Masha is originally from Russia, but has spent most of her life (so far) in the United States. She received a Bachelor's from Boston University and spent 5 years working on Speech Recognition and Maps for Google before starting graduate school. Her research interests span Computer Graphics, HCI and applied Machine Learning. In particular, she is interested in tools to facilitate creativity and design of 3D-printable objects.

Wei Zhao is a Master of Engineering student in EECS. She works on design tools for fabrication.

Bojan Serafimov worked with our group when he was a freshman at MIT. His interests are algorithms and data structures.

Stuart P Baker worked primarily with Professor John Hart in MIT's Mechanosynthesis Group, but was also part of the CFG where he developed new processes for fabricating micro/nano scale components as well as novel systems for additive manufacturing with us.

Joyce Kwan (Apple)

 

Alex Goins joined us when he was a senior at MIT majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His interests are in computer graphics and systems software.

Hui Qiao is visiting the MIT Computational Fabrication Group for one year starting at the end of November 2015.  He will be helping us with our QCRI projects/collaboration.

Ye Wang (Autodesk -> OnShape)

 

Caroline Morganti (MIT)

 

Philipp Herholz's home university is TU Berlin.  He visited and studied with the MIT Computer Graphics group back in 2012 and returned to the area in 2015, continuing his research with various members of the MIT Computational Fabrication group.

Helena Wang (MIT)

 

Junda (William) Huang (MIT)

 

Molly Donaldson (MIT)

 

Viraji Celeste Samaratunga (Weston High School) worked in our group in the summer of 2015, investigating the printability of various food mixtures and creating CAD files for 3D printing of food.

Skyler Adams is a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interests are automation, personal fabrication and robotics.

Moira Forberg (Harvard Business School)

 

Szu-Po Wang was a Master of Engineering student in EECS and worked on new display technologies when part of our team.  He graduated in February 2016.

 

David Levin was a postdoctoral associate working at MIT having received his PhD in 2012 from The University of British Columbia. He is interested in developing new algorithms and tools for physical simulation. His previous work focused on Medical Imaging and simulating highly deformable objects in contact.

Whitney Sikes (MIT)

 

Piotr Didyk (Saarland University / Cluster of Excellence,  MMCI / Max Planck Institute for Computer Science)

Yahan Zhou (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

 

Louise van den Heuvel joined the group to work on the multifab project and was swiftly off and running.