The Computational Design and 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.
Wojciech Matusik is a 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.
Roger joined our group as the administrative assistant in April 2019.
Buttercup Foshey is a 5 year old Belgian Tervuren/Poodle mix. She joined CDFG in 2017, after dropping out of Service Dog training to pursue her real passion: research! Her research interests include HCI (Hound-Couch Interaction), neural-network-based facial recognition (gatekeeping the lab and barking at unfamiliar faces!) and biomimetic soft robot autonomous locomotion in cluttered environments (wandering around the lab space!). She has left her bark at top-tier machine learning conferences including NeurIPS and ICML.
Kui Wu joined us in 2019 summer, after obtaining his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Utah. Kui is helping us in multiple projects with his simulation and knitting expertise.
Mina Konaković Luković is a Schmidt Science Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab working in the Computational Fabrication Group mentored by Prof. Dr. Wojciech Matusik. Her research focuses on computer graphics, computational fabrication, 3D geometry processing and machine learning, including architectural geometry and design of smart materials. Mina completed her PhD in Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), advised by Prof. Dr. Mark Pauly. Parts of her PhD research were supported by the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication (dfab). She received her MS and BS both from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mathematics.
Alexandre Kaspar is a 6th 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 interests and projects span fabrication (3d printing and computational textiles), human-computer interaction (crowdsourcing and user interfaces), and machine learning (general computer vision and program synthesis for manufacturing). His current focus is on developing novel digital tools to design garments and manufacture them with computerized weft knitting machines.
Andrew Spielberg is joining the CDFG part time as of fall 2015, as some of our research dovetails nicely with his current research efforts in Daniela Rus’ PPM group.
Beichen Li joined CDFG in 2018 fall as a new PhD student. He obtained his Bachelor’s from the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University. He also worked with Professor Stelian Coros when he was a research intern at CMU in 2017 summer. Beichen’s research interests include computational design and optimization, 3D geometry, and high performance computing.
James Minor is a graduate student in the EECS department who joined the CDFG 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 CDFG in September 2016. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Tsinghua University in 2016.
Lara Zlokapa is a mechanical engineering graduate student at CSAIL working on designing a robotic hand. In 2020, she graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, where her research experience focused on the design of exoskeletons and prosthetics.
Liane Makatura joined CDFG as a new PhD student in 2018 fall from Dartmouth, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.
Liang Shi joins our group in the spring of 2017. He received his Master’s degree from Stanford University and his Bachelor’s degree from Beihang University. At Stanford University, he worked in Computational Imaging Group directed by Prof. Gordon Wetzstein.
Pingchuan Ma joined our group in September 2019. Previously, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Nankai University where he worked with Prof. Ming-Ming Cheng and Prof. Bo Ren.
Tao Du joined the CDFG in September 2015, coming to us from Stanford University where he worked with Leo Guibas (amongst others).
Yifei Li joined CDFG in September 2020. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, where she worked with Prof. Jessica Hodgins.
Yiyue ‘Alyssa’ Luo joined our group as a PhD student starting from 2018 fall. Prior to that, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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.
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.
Allen Park (Google) formerly worked on adding Machine Vision to the 3D printer being fabricated in our group. He returned to the CDFG in Fall 2015 to work on fun and interesting research problems and graduated in September 2016.
Anying Li is working with the Computational Fabrication Group and the Computer Vision Group solving difficult technical problems related to how drivers use vision.
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.
Bojan Serafimov worked with our group when he was a freshman at MIT. His interests are algorithms and data structures.
Bryt Bradley was 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 included all things logistics and harbinger-related. She left CDFG (& CGG & CSAIL) as of June 2017, in order to pursue new opportunities in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics.
Caroline Morganti (MIT)
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.
Desai Chen successfully defended his PhD and graduated from our group in 2017 fall. He received his bachelor’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. He is interested in computational fabrication and physically-based simulation.
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.
Erin Buckley joined the computational fabrication group as an administrative assistant II in 2019 spring.
Harrison Wang is an MEng student working with Adriana Schulz on developing optimization techniques for understanding and navigating performance tradeoffs.
Helena Wang (MIT)
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.
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.
Joyce Kwan (Apple)
Juan D Castrillon joins the CDFG as a SuperUROP (no capes) in the fall of 2015.
Junda (William) Huang (MIT)
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.
Kshama Ananthapura joined our group as a new administrative assistant in Janurary 2018.
Louise van den Heuvel joined the group to work on the multifab project and was swiftly off and running.
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.
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.
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.
Moira Forberg (Harvard Business School)
Molly Donaldson (MIT)
Nick Bandiera joins the CDFG in Fall 2015 and will be using his MechE chops on the carbon fiber 3D printing project.
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.
Piotr Didyk (Saarland University / Cluster of Excellence, MMCI / Max Planck Institute for Computer Science)
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.
Sami Alsheikh joins the CDFG 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.
Skyler Adams is a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interests are automation, personal fabrication and robotics.
Stuart P Baker worked primarily with Professor John Hart in MIT’s Mechanosynthesis Group, but was also part of the CDFG where he developed new processes for fabricating micro/nano scale components as well as novel systems for additive manufacturing with us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wei Zhao is a Master of Engineering student in EECS. She works on design tools for 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.
Whitney Sikes (MIT)
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.
Ye Wang (Autodesk -> OnShape)
Yuanming Hu joined our group in September, 2017 after obtaining his bachelor’s in Computer Science from Yao class at Tsinghua University in 2017. His research interests include physics based simulation and rendering, and he is the author of Taichi, an open-source software with over 40 graphics papers implemented.
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.