Computation, Appearance and Manufacturing

Seminar on Computational Fabrication - Winter 2018/2019

Computational caustics (courtesy of EPFL Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory.)


Overview


In this seminar, we will explore together the latest research in the emerging and exciting field of Computational Fabrication: creating novel manufacturing solutions and products with the help of computational thinking and methods.

For example, You will see how to
  • Guide caustics (random shadow and highlights you see in the bottom of a swimming pool) to form arbitrary images (see the picture above), by carefully milling the surface of a transparent object.
  • Control the appearance of your 3D printed model, including its color, shininess or translucency.
  • Program your 3D print to have a desired deformation and quantify the perceived force when pressing on it.
  • Make your 3D printed ballerina model stand on one leg without falling, or even spin on it!
  • Convert your 3D mesh to machine instructions and knit a jacket for your pet with now readily available desktop knitting machines.
You will understand
  • Different representations of objects in their pre-fabrication stage.
  • Methods of creation of these objects and how the hardware works.
  • Modeling the interaction of fabricated objects with the world surrounding them, such as light, sound and force.
  • How humans, as the main arbiters, perceive the fabricated properties.

Audience


The seminar is addressed to students in computer science and other related fields who are interested in computational aspects of fabrication. A basic knowledge from one of computer graphics, image processing, perception, differential geometry or optimization techniques is desired, but not required.


Grading Criteria


  • 40% Presentation of an assigned scientific paper.
  • 25% Wikipedia contribution to the topics related to the presentation.
  • 20% Discussion about the presented paper, its strengths and its limitations.
  • 15% Active participation in discussions during the seminar.

Registration


Please register for this seminar by sending an email to vbabaei at mpi-inf.mpg.de. The email should include the following information:
  • Full Name
  • Matriculation Number
  • Current semester
  • Motivation to participate in this seminar

  The number of participants is limited to 12.


Timeline


19

Oct
Kickoff Meeting
  • Vahid Babaei
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

16

Nov
Fabricating Microgeometry for Custom Surface Reflectance
  • Navid Ansari
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

23

Nov
Deep Context-Aware Descreening and Rescreening of Halftone Images
  • Sebastian Cucerca
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

30

Nov
Dip Transform for 3D Shape Reconstruction
  • Manoz Banda
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

7

Dec
Deep Multispectral Painting Reproduction via Multi-Layer, Custom-Ink Printing
  • Anna Twelsiek
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

14

Dec
Microstructures to Control Elasticity in 3D Printing
  • Elif Akata
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

21

Dec
High-contrast Computational Caustic Design
  • Daniel Gusenburger
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

18

Jan
InverseCSG: Automatic Conversion of 3D Models to CSG Trees
  • Ferdinand-Dennis Jost
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

25

Jan
A Compiler for 3D Machine Knitting
  • Anastasia Salyaeva
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323

1

Feb
Spec2Fab: A Reducer-Tuner Model for Translating Specifications to 3D Prints
  • Jingyi Wu
  • Friday
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Campus E1 7, Room 323