Prof. Mark Pauly

CIS – “Get to know your neighbors” Seminar Series

“Towards Intelligent Material Systems”

Prof. Mark Pauly, head of the Geometric Computing Laboratory

Monday, Dec 6, 2021 3:15 – 4:15pm (CET)

Mark Pauly

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Research at the Geometric Computing Laboratory (GCM) focuses on efficient simulation and optimization algorithms to build computational design methodologies for complex material systems. Mathematical reasoning, geometric abstractions, and advanced 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. Specifically, I will focus on deployable structures and programmable materials whose behavior is dominated by geometric properties. 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 in industrial and consumer products, soft robotics, or architecture.

Mark Pauly joined the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL in 2009. 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.

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