Speaker: Daniele Panozzo , Interactive Geometry Lab, ETHZ

Wednesday, February 19th, 13:00, in BC 329
Title: Designing Unreinforced Masonry Models

Abstract:
We present a complete design pipeline that allows non-expert users to design and analyze masonry structures without any structural knowledge. We optimize the force layouts both geometrically and topologically, finding a self-supported structure that is as close as possible to a given target surface. The generated structures are tessellated into hexagonal blocks with a pattern that prevents sliding failure. The models can be used in physically plausible virtual environments or 3D printed and assembled without reinforcements.

Bio:
I am currently a senior researcher at ETH Zurich, working with Professor Olga Sorkine in the Interactive Geometry Lab. I got my bachelor and master degree in Computer Science from the University of Genova, respectively in September 2007 and October 2008. Between March and June 2008, I have been a visiting student in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Maryland. I spent the fall and winter 2010 working at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Between October 2011 and May 2012, I have been a visiting PhD student in the Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich. I obtained my PhD in the University of Genova in 2012 and won the EUROGRAPHICS Annual Award for Best PhD Thesis. My research interests are in geometric modeling, computer graphics, architectural geometry and computational photography.