Máster Universitario en Informática Gráfica, VideoJuegos y Realidad Virtual

Computational Design in the Age of Digital Fabrication

01 feb 2018
16:00
Salón de grados, Departamental II

Computational Design in the Age of Digital Fabrication

Ponente: Bernhard Thomaszewski, University of Montreal.

Abstract: One of the most exciting promises of digital fabrication is the immediate 
and effortless transition from an idea to its tangible realization. But in order to 
leverage this technology to its full potential, we need software tools that tear down 
barriers to creativity by automating the technically difficult parts of the design process.
In this talk, I will argue for a new generation of design tools that rely on three key 
components: simulation models that are able to predict the functional aspects of a given 
design; optimization algorithms that can invert the simulation model in order to determine
design parameters that lead to desired functional aspects; and graphical interfaces that 
integrate these two components to help users navigate the design space in an intuitive and
efficient way. I will highlight a number of challenges that arise in this context and 
illustrate some key concepts on several examples, including mechanical characters, 
robotic creatures, and physical surfaces.