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MICDE Seminar: Mark Pauly Professor of Computer Science, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Mark Pauly


Mark Pauly is a full professor at EPFL, where he directs the Geometric Computing Laboratory (GCM). Prior to joining EPFL, he was assistant professor at ETH Zurich, postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, and doctoral student at ETH Zurich. He received the ETH medal for outstanding dissertation in 2003, was awarded the Eurographics Young Researcher Award in 2006, an ERC Starting Grant in 2010, and the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions Award in 2016. He is the co-founder of two EPFL spin-offs, Faceshift AG and Rayform SA.



Research at the EPFL Geometric Computing Laboratory (GCM) aims at empowering creators. We develop efficient simulation and optimization algorithms to build computational design methodologies for advanced material systems and digital fabrication technology. Mathematical reasoning, geometric abstractions, and powerful numerical methods are key ingredients in our work.
In this talk I will show how these tools can be used to solve challenging inverse problems for deployable structures that can transition between multiple geometric states. Several design studies will highlight how the interplay of geometry, computation, and digital fabrication technologies facilitates the discovery of new material systems with superior functional performance. Such systems offer a wide variety of potential applications, for example in industrial and consumer products, soft robotics, medical devices, or architecture.


The MICDE Winter 2023 Seminar Series is open to all. University of Michigan faculty and students interested in computationally designed advanced material systems and digital fabrication technology are encouraged to attend.

This seminar is hosted by the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering (MICDE). Prof. Pauly will be hosted by Prof. Evgueni Filipov, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering, and MICDE fellows, please use this form to record your attendance.

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February 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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