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Be3Dimensional in Toronto
September 22, 2015 — Autodesk Research Blog

Be3Dimensional, or B3D, will bring together global and local thought leaders to both inspire and discover how 3D technologies can disrupt industrial design, architecture, advanced manufacturing, arts and culture and communities while building deep connections both locally and internationally. Autodesk is a marquee sponsor at this year's event on October 23 and 24. Autodesk will also be supplying some speakers. Read more...

Scientists have programmed robots to build bridges without human help
September 19, 2015 — Quartz

Robots are muscling in on a growing number of human jobs every day, and now it seems we can add architects and builders to the list. University researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich have designed drones that can work together to build a rope bridge between two sets of scaffolding. The bridge they built was about 24 feet across, and could actually support the weight of a person walking across it.

There’s already a group of robots in Amsterdam—backed by Autodesk, the 3D software and printing company—that are going to build a walkable bridge over a canal on their own. Read more...

The Scientist Who Is Making 3D Printing More Human
September 15, 2015 — Popular Science

Madeline Gannon is a researcher, teacher at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture and Ph.D. candidate in Computational Design — but that’s not all. She is on a mission to open up the infinite design possibilities of 3D printing to the world.

“Currently you have to have a lot of technical background in order to participate in creating things for 3D printers,” Gannon says. “There is still a huge knowledge barrier for how we create digital models.” Read more...

Autodesk and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Take on Micro-Scale 3D Printing
September 15, 2015 — Architect Magazine

Autodesk is teaming up with researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in Livermore, Calif., to explore the intersection of design software and additive manufacturing. While the news is big, what they’ll be working on is too small to see. During an 18-month research partnership, the pair will develop nano- and micro-scale materials with structural and mechanical properties that perform in ways not found in nature; for example, components that are both lightweight and stiff or transition from stiff to flexible. The partnership will focus in particular on the development of novel materials for use in protective helmets—a test case for the broader goal of improving the performance​ of shock-absorbing and heat-dissipating materials.

“Today, predicting with 100-percent confidence the performance of a helmet is not possible,” Michael Bergin, a principal research scientist at Autodesk, told ARCHITECT in an email. “This is due to the nature of foams as cushioning material being stochastic, or randomly configured.” Read more...

MIT simplifies 3D printing by making it easier to modify 3D models
September 7, 2015 — International Business Times

MIT has invented a new web-based software that makes it much simpler for users to make modifications to 3D models they would like to print out on 3D printers. The software has the ability to cut down CAD geometry calculations from hours down to minutes.

The researchers from MIT and IDC Herzliya presented their paper on the Fab Forms system at the Association for Computing Machinery's Siggraph conference in August, and MIT says that leading 3D modelling software firm Autodesk was interested in getting involved, as the firm had been separately investigating the same problem under their Project Shapeshifter. Read more...

How Computers Could Design A More 'Organic' Bike Helmet
September 1, 2015 — Forbes

Traditionally, when designers have wanted to build something new, the process has gone a little something like this: first choose the materials you’re going to work with, then get to work, designing the points, lines and surfaces that will build a final product.

But there’s a new technology being tried out that could turn that process on its head. It’s called “generative design” and it has computers crunching numbers in a whole new way.

Structures built in generative design “tend to have a highly complex, sometimes organic shape,” Erin Bradner, a research scientist from Autodesk, says. Read more...

Invention ambassadors challenge others to follow innovation path
July 31, 2015 —

Successful inventors need more than a fabulous idea. They also need inspiration, great collaborators, and a lot of persistence, said seven new AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors introduced 14 July at the “Celebrate Invention” event at AAAS.

“If you see things that other people don't, they generally think you're crazy,” said Andrew Hessel of Autodesk, Inc. and the Pink Army Cooperative. But, if you also see a path to achieving it, “you're not crazy. You could be a futurist, or really just be an inventor.” Read more...

Andrew Hessel Selected as AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador
July 31, 2015 —

The prestigious program strives to cultivate a new and diverse generation of inventors while increasing global understanding of the role of invention in creating products and building businesses.

Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Researcher with the Bio/Nano Research Group at Autodesk Inc. in San Francisco and a futurist in genomic technologies. Working as a connector and catalyst in biotechnology and synthetic biology, he helps industry, academic, and authorities better understand the rapid changes happening in life science. He also is the founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world’s first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to produce open source viral therapies for cancer. He is a fellow at the University of Ottawa, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and the former co-chair of bioinformatics and biotechnology at Singularity University.

Autodesk Screencast Simplifies Recording, Sharing Training Videos
July 23, 2015 — Cadalyst

Autodesk Screencast, initially known as Project Chronicle, was first developed by Autodesk Research - User Interface and Research Transfer teams. Read more...

Keynote talk “Synthius: Towards a Synthetic Human” at the IEEE GEM
July 10, 2015 — IEEE GEM Conference, Toronto

Azam Khan, Director of Complex Systems Research and Head of Environment and Ergonomics Research at Autodesk, will present a keynote talk called “Synthius: Towards a Synthetic Human” at the IEEE GEM (Games Entertainment Media) Conference in Toronto from October 14-16, 2015.

“If Not Museums, Then Where?” Adding Ancient Algorithms and New Biological Futures to MoMA’s Collection
July 8, 2015 —

Like any artifact of culture, design objects are often much more than the sum of their parts. Their forms and materials crystallize thought processes, tools, desires, and imagined futures, both near and far. Indeed, a group of design works that were added to MoMA’s collection in early June far transcend their materials—and in doing so, help us shape individual and collective perspectives on the changing world around us all. Read more...

How the Community of Things Will Improvise Like a Jazz Band—and Save Lives
July 7, 2015 — Line/Shape/Space

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: A child, chasing after his soccer ball, darts into the street and is hit by a car. But what if sensors, microprocessors, and the Internet of Things (IoT) could forever alter the fate of a child in danger? Read more...

Improving kids’ literacy with singing stickers: U of T social startup goes global
June 23, 2015 — U of T News

A child-friendly handheld device that makes inanimate objects talk and sing is part of a University of Toronto startup’s strategy to improve vocabulary and communication skills for young children in impoverished communities. Read more...

What's the Future of Work Look Like?
June 17, 2015 — Bloomberg Business

Computers will soon be able to do everything from drive cars to diagnose illness. What work will be left for humans to do? Former president of the Service Employees International Union Andy Stern, Autodesk's Erin Bradner and Recommind's Bob Tennant discussed at the Bloomberg Technology Conference: Code and the Corner Office.

Watch the session here

Autodesk releases the Molecule Viewer to Labs
June 16, 2015 —

Have you ever wanted to view molecules in high-fidelity from the comfort of your own web browser? Well now you can thanks to the Bio/Nano group at Autodesk Research.

Merry Wang from the group explains that the Bio/Nano group is building on Autodesk's expertise as a toolmaker for designers of things like buildings, cars and roads. This group is making tools to design living things. They're starting with a tool to visualize complex data at the nanoscale. Read more...

The Future of Designing Wearables Could Include Projecting CAD Directly onto Your Body
June 11, 2015 — SolidSmack

As design customization, 3D printing and wearable technology each continue to rise in popularity, experimental design collective Madlab has developed a solution that converges all three into a seamless user experience with no CAD skills required.

Designed by Madlab director Madeline Gannon, Tactum was done in collaboration with Autodesk Research and uses projection mapping and Microsoft Kinect cameras to allow users to see designs on their body in real-time. Read more...

Using Their Words
June 10, 2015 — U of T Magazine

U of T’s Team Attollo – alumni Peter Cinat (BASc 2002, MBA 2014), Lak Chinta (PhD 2009, MBA 2015), Aisha Bukhari (BASc 2008, MBA 2015) and Jamie Austin (PhD 2012, MBA 2015) – have found a way to solve global problems and implement social change. They’re already raising funds, are partnered with U of T’s Semaphore Research Cluster and Toronto’s Autodesk Research, and are in talks with global organizations such as Right to Play, Aga Khan Foundation and UNICEF. Read more...

Design 3-D Printed Accessories Using Your Arm As The Interface
June 9, 2015 —


"It’s really unsatisfying to have to design something inside a computer screen," says Madeline Gannon, a designer and member of experimental collective Madlab.

This dissatisfaction is what motivated Gannon to explore computational design methods that extend beyond what we traditionally think of as computers. Her project Tactum, a collaboration with Autodesk Research, moves design for 3-D printed accessories off the screen and onto the body. Read more...

'Tactum' By MadLabs & Autodesk lets you design 3D printed wearables directly on your body
June 8, 2015 —

When looking for modeling software perfect for your needs and skills there is plenty to choose from. In fact, there are so many options out there –for beginning designers up to the very professional and from free to very expensive – it can be a bit difficult to settle on one. But the most unusual among them has only just been released: Tactum. Developed through the collaborative effort of Madlab and Autodesk, this unusual modeling tool lets you design 3D printed wearable accessories directly on your body where you want them. Read more...

Manipulated light projections become 3D-printed jewellery with Tactum
June 4, 2015 — Dezeen

This augmented modelling tool enables users to touch, poke, rub or pinch geometric forms projected onto their skin to design wearable 3D-printed pieces (+ movie). Digital research studio Madlab has developed a system that combines projection mapping with depth and motion sensing technologies to create customized jewellery and other items worn around the wrist. Read more...

RAPID 2015: Highlighting an Industry Coming into Its Own
June 2, 2015 — Desktop Engineering

Attending a Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) RAPID conference gives one a strong desire to perfect the cloning process. You want to sit in on three talks simultaneously while spending at least eight hours a day on the trade-show floor, absorbing everything about additive manufacturing (AM). Now in its 25th year of SME sponsorship, the 2015 event attracted a record-breaking 4512 people (up 30% from 2014), with an excellent balance of newcomers and seasoned attendees.

Autodesk is making deeper inroads in the AM field. Besides creating the Spark software platform and Ember 3D printer, the company is also working on optimizing 3D print support-structure configurations. Ryan Schmidt, Autodesk senior principal research scientist, described branching support structure calculations that minimize material use and build time, make supports easier to remove and improve support reliability; Autodesk is also working with Renishaw to improve support robustness. Read more...

Carleton Immersive Media Studio’s Work with Autodesk Sets Standard for Private–Public Partnerships
May 27, 2015 — Carleton Newsroom

The 12-year private-public partnership between the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) and Autodesk Research has generated important research, produced successful projects and continues to grow and evolve. Autodesk and CIMS share an interest in sustainability, and the studio has been using Autodesk software and support for environmental analysis, sustainability and design work. Read more...

ASME AM3D: Can Computers Design Better Products Than Humans?
May 21, 2015 — ASME

What if a computer could automatically generate hundreds upon hundreds of variations of a design to solve a specific problem? Autodesk may soon make that a reality with its Project Dreamcatcher.

Gordon Kurtenbach, Autodesk's senior director of research, will speak at ASME's Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Conference and Expo (AM3D) in August on the future of goal-directed design and programmable matter—that is, matter that can be fully described, understood, and controlled digitally by computers. Read more...

Programmable matter: shape-shifting microbots get it together
May 18, 2015 — E&T - Engineering and Technology Magazine

It is already possible to get robots to swarm and communicate, but will it be possible to take the next steps and make bots that can metamorphose with or without intervention?

In all likelihood, the term 'programmable matter' will encompass a broad range of solutions, from microscopic catoms to self-folding origami machines, and even new materials like 'super composites' that can be programmed to be rigid in one direction and flexible in another, says Gord Kurtenbach, head of the research group at design software firm Autodesk. Read more...

2015 Canadian Urban Forum
April 20, 2015

Ramtin Attar joins the advisory committee for 2015 Canadian Urban Forum held by Canadian Urban Institute. The goal of CUF is to bring forward expert knowledge and research from the range of fields needed to make cities work in a forum setting. The participants are intended to be active in urban decision-making. The outcome will be ideas for developing cross functional processes that improve decision-making and influence changes to Canada’s urban policy framework.

Molecular Moonshots
April 15, 2015 — Communications of the ACM

One of the most promising initiatives to date has come from Autodesk, which is developing a software platform designed for synthetic biology, 3D bioprinting, 4D printing, and DNA nanotechnology, code-named Project Cyborg.

"DNA is the universal programming language," says Andrew Hessel of Auto-desk's Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter group, who sees enormous potential in applying the principles of computer science to biological applications. Read more...

What if we could design wearables right on our skin?
March 27, 2015 — Wired

Scan the crowded wearables market, and you’ll find a wild buffet of options. There are gizmos that wean you off cigarettes and monitor your sun exposure. There are wellness trackers of all sorts—and even some for pets.

No matter what the functionality, however, wrist-worn wearables haven’t diverged much from the standard bangle-bracelet shape. It’s often a matter of practicality—a simple cuff will fit on every wrist—but it means that devices are rarely a perfect fit. “When you create wearables, there’s a lot of guesswork as to where the thing you’re making touches the skin,” says Madeline Gannon, a researcher at Autodesk. Read more...


3D Printing And The Momentous Change For Africa's Amputees
March 16, 2015 — Forbes

A stunning breakthrough has been achieved with 3D printing, that will help amputees in Uganda and potentially across the developing world.

A new method of creating prosthetic limb sockets has enabled a three-year-old child to be quickly fitted with a prosthetic limb and socket, at a fraction of the normal cost. The charities and technologists involved expect the work to lead to a significant change in how patients are helped, with costs eventually cut from $5,000 to $250 per prosthetic fit.

For the project, the University of Toronto is working with Christian Blind Mission – a non-governmental organization that helps people with disabilities in developing countries – as well as software supplier Autodesk and the CoRSU rehabilitation hospital in Mpigi, Uganda. Read more...

Physical Objects Are About To Become As Programmable As A Computer
March 16, 2015 — FastCoExist

Imagine smart materials that deliver drugs inside your body just when they’re needed, furniture that assembles itself at your house, or car tires that alter their grip when the road is wet.

One element that’s required to accomplish any of this is the right software. Tibbits was an early beta user of Project Cyborg, an awesomely named R&D project by the design software firm Autodesk, which hopes to release it to a wider audience sometime this year. The software is aimed to help people—anyone from synthetic biologists to furniture designers—in their quest to "program matter." Read more...

Behind the Scenes of Bjork’s Insane, Immersive Room-Sized Music Video
March 9, 2015 — Fast Company

One of the central components of the exhibit is a video for Black Lake, an immersive multimedia experience specially designed by Björk in collaboration with MoMA, architecture firm The Living, and its new parent company, Autodesk. Upon stepping into the black standing-room-only space in which the video is screened, you would never know the complexity of the process that produced not just the film, but the very room in which it lives. Read more...

How Designers Built an Icelandic Cave at MoMA for Bjork
March 9, 2015 — Wired

For Black Lake, an installation built around a new song of the same name, those folks would turn out to be a sort of skunkworks team that included Autodesk, maker of creative software tools, and David Benjamin, the architect who last summer built a structure of living fungus bricks in the courtyard at MoMA PS1, the museum’s more contemporary art space in Queens, New York. Björk and her video director, Andrew Huang, brought the other designers on board after concluding that the way to “hang music on the walls” might actually be to set up an environment that engulfs visitors in the song. Read more...

Mixing High-Tech and Sweat for MoMA's Björk Retrospective
March 6, 2015 — Architect - The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects

When it opens on March 8, the Björk retrospective will be one of largest exhibitions ever held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York. The show, which took three years of planning led by MoMA chief curator–at-large Klaus Biesenbach and Björk herself, draws from more than 20 years of the Icelandic artist’s work and encompasses her instruments in the museum's lobbies, an app in the Architecture and Design galleries, mannequins 3D scanned from her body that don her iconic outfits—including her swan dress worn at the 2001 Oscars—and a newly built two-story structure within the museum’s Marron Atrium.

The designer behind this one-of-a-kind black box theater is David Benjamin, founder of the design studio The Living, in New York, which was acquired by Autodesk last year. Read more...

3-D printing of prostheses to be trialled in Uganda
February 20, 2015 — SciDevNet

Researchers are to 3-D print cheap, custom-made prosthetics for child amputees in the developing world after winning CAD$112,000 (US$90,000) from the Canadian government.

The money is coming through the Grand Challenges Canada fund, which supports health-related innovation in developing countries. Read more...

8 Trends Shaping the Future of Making
February 13, 2015 —

When Lightning Motorcycles wanted to develop a next generation swing arm for their electric motorcycle, they adopted a new Autodesk approach for the project: A computer-aided (CAD) system called Project Dreamcatcher that automatically generates tens, hundreds, or even thousands of designs that all meet your specific design criteria. Read more...

Tech giants quietly investing in Synthetic Biology
February 9, 2015 —

Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski considers design tools for synthetic biology a more lucrative opportunity than even 3D printing. That’s big talk, especially considering that the company plans to invest $100 million into 3D printing start-ups over the next several years, but he might be right. What is currently referred to as the bioCAD industry is comprised of glorified text editors for building DNA, although it is already beginning to replace less efficient protocols that are widely used in biology laboratories throughout the world. That opportunity alone is worth several billion dollars per year. Read more...

Canadian Charity Takes 3D Limb Printing To Uganda
February 4, 2015 — TechMoran

Ever heard of 3D printing of artificial limbs? Well, the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) a Canadian charity, is making this limbs to better the lives of many disabled people in the northeastern part of the country.

To achieve this, CBM has partnered with researchers researchers from the University of Toronto and Autodesk, a 3D-design company, to make cheap, customized 3D-printed prosthetic limbs for children. Read more...

Uganda: 3-D Printing of Prostheses to Be Trialled in Uganda
February 1, 2015 — AllAfrica

Researchers are to 3-D print cheap, custom-made prosthetics for child amputees in the developing world after winning CAD$112,000 (US$90,000) from the Canadian government.

The money is coming through the Grand Challenges Canada fund, which supports health-related innovation in developing countries. Read more...

3D printers to make human body parts? It's happening
January 30, 2015 — San Jose Mercury News

A researcher for San Rafael-based software company Autodesk is helping Ugandan officials learn how to print other prosthetic leg parts for children in that country. Among the most ambitious dreams for the technology is that it will prove useful for making implantable human tissue, especially organs, which are in short supply, said Carlos Olguin, who is part of an Autodesk research team he describes as "looking at life as a new design frontier." Replacement organs, he said, are a "need that is not being satisfied at all in many cases." Read more...

[Premiere] MIT Made a Chair That Builds Itself
January 15, 2015 — The Creators Project, VICE

A chair that builds itself sounds like an invention straight out of The Jetsons or Woody Allen’s tongue-in-cheek sci-fi satire Sleeper, not unlike the latter film's tooth brushing robot or in-car escape pod. MIT researchers, however, have created just that: a squat, white chair that assembles itself solely on the power of water currents and small magnets, and it may very well change the way we build things. Read more...

Fluid Assembly

A Toronto gift to Uganda: 3D-printed prosthetics
January 14, 2015 — The Toronto Star

U of T researchers and a Canadian charity are teaming up to train Ugandan technicians to 3D-print artificial limb sockets.

Matt Ratto, an associate professor at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, is a big believer in the Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Read more...

MIT, Autodesk & Stratasys are Working With ‘Secret’ Materials to Develop New 4D Printing Applications
January 13, 2015 —

3D printing has come a long way since its inception in 1984. Today, we can print amazing things — from toys on home desktop 3D printers to replacement parts for hardware to advanced prostheses to living tissue. The array of materials available for printing is also widening, from standard plastic resins to chocolates to DNA. The next step for 3D printing, it seems, is to move into the next dimension. We’ve already seen some promising implications for 4D printing, in which structures can change shape. Read more...

Designing Life: Synthetic Biology and Design
January 8, 2015 — MoMA

What happens when biology—specifically, the core materials and processes that underpin the life cycle of all living beings—birth, existence, disease, and death—becomes synthetically replicable by humans and, consequently, a building block for design? In the wake of the recent MIT publication Synthetic Aesthetics, and just a few days prior to the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) Synthetic Biology 2014 Jamboree in early November 2014, we set out to discuss this complex, compelling question at MoMA by hosting a panel discussion, Synthetic Aesthetics: New Frontiers in Contemporary Design. Read more...

3 Tech Giants Quietly Investing in Synthetic Biology
January 7, 2015 — The Motley Fool

The introduction and widespread adoption of fun new gadgets, games, and services in the last 15 years has provided billions of dollars of revenues and profits to the technology companies innovative (and lucky) enough to grab your attention.

So if I asked what you think will fuel the growth of today's technology giants in the next 15 years, what would your answer be? You might say familiar or trendy terms, such as user growth or the Internet of Things. Or perhaps that the companies with the most innovative products and services will reign king in tomorrow's tech markets. And while those are likely partially correct answers, there's a tremendous amount of growth to be had from a rather unlikely source. Read more...

Messing with nature: this is the cutting edge of biohacking
January 6, 2015 — The Verge

In some ways, we're all cyborgs, fusions of human and technology. We put on artificial skins to protect us, store our knowledge on hard disks, and replace our voices with text on a screen. Some of us are melded in more literal ways — I have magnetic and NFC implants in one hand, and there's a community of "biohackers" pushing the limits of DIY body modification with built-in earbuds and health monitors. But there's only so much you can do in a home lab or workshop. Instead of revisiting them for this week's Top Shelf, we looked for companies on the cutting edge of design and biotechnology, figuring out how to fix and improve our bodies. Read more...

Making Mass-Produced 3D Printed Prosthetics a Reality in Uganda
January 6, 2015 — 3D Printing Industry

University of Toronto professor Matt Ratto and his Critical Making lab are helping an international charity apply recent advances in 3D scanning and 3D printing technology to help Ugandan children receive inexpensive prosthetic limbs quickly. Read more...

Biology as the next hardware
January 5, 2015 — Radar O'Reilly

I’ve spent the last couple of years arguing that the barriers between software and the physical world are falling. The barriers between software and the living world are next.

At our Solid Conference last May, Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO, described the coming of generative design. Massive computing power, along with frictionless translation between digital and physical through devices like 3D scanners and CNC machines, will radically change the way we design the world around us. Instead of prototyping five versions of a chair through trial and error, you can use a computer to prototype and test a billion versions in a few hours, then fabricate it immediately. That scenario isn’t far off, Bass suggested, and it arises from a fluid relationship between real and virtual. Read more...

How computer-aided organic architecture could change the city of the future
December 24, 2014 — MVNO blog

We’ve seen the future of architecture and design, and it’s at the intersection of biology, computing, and engineering.

While many architects these days put up buildings loaded with energy-saving features and attractive, sustainable design, one company is taking its approach to being green to another level: growing fully biodegradable building materials.

Known as The Living, the small, New York-based architecture firm has pioneered mixing biological technologies with hard-core computing and engineering. Read more...

Thinking outside the Xbox for child amputees
December 19, 2014 — One World

Ultra high-speed gaming laptops and a sensor that lets computer gamers battle foes in the virtual world proved early stepping stones on the path to a quick, inexpensive way to create fittings for artificial legs needed by child amputees in the developing world.

And, with a new grant from Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, scientists will field test their innovation at a children's hospital in Uganda early next year. Read more...

AU 2014: Embracing A World Of Design Disruption
December 18, 2014 — 3D CAD World

Autodesk University–as always–was a world wind of activity. Ten thousand design enthusiasts descending upon the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas cannot be characterized as anything but a bit chaotic, however, upon reflection–and a few nights of much-needed sleep–I can now look back and share some of the key takeaways from the event. Read more...

BIOFABRICATE: There’s a bio-revolution on the horizon!
December 18, 2014 —

The Inaugural BIOFABRICATE Summit that took place on December 4th, 2014 was the first event to focus on commercial, artistic and research the disruptive technologies that comprise the emerging field of grown materials. Read more...

Gaming Technologies plus 3D Printing Leveraged to Help Fit African Child Amputees With Artificial Legs
December 16, 2014 — Exchange Magazine

Ultra high-speed gaming laptops and a sensor that lets computer gamers battle foes in the virtual world proved early stepping stones on the path to a quick, inexpensive way to create fittings for artificial legs needed by child amputees in the developing world.

And, with a new grant from Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, scientists will field test their innovation at a children's hospital in Uganda early next year. Read more...

AU 2014: Infusing Life into Dead Design
December 12, 2014 — Desktop Engineering

On Tuesday December 2, the arena inside Mandalay Bay’s Conference Center strained to contain the estimated 10,000 Autodesk faithfuls, waiting for the opening act of Autodesk University (AU) 2014. The first to take the stage was Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski. He usually speaks in a careful, measured cadence, which seemed out of sync with the fast-paced techno music that ushered him in. But he commits to his words, declaring them like the next ports of call or anchor drops. Read more...

The revolution in biology is here, now
December 11, 2014 — Radar O'Reilly

Finally, I can’t ignore the tools. Tim Gardner of Riffyn started the day, followed by Microsoft Research and Autodesk. The revolution in biology is pre-conditioned on a revolution in tools. Can we design tools that make it as easy to work with biological systems as with software, or even physical (electronic or mechanical) systems? Read more...

Meshmixer 2.7 Makes it Easier to 3D Print Multiple Objects
December 9, 2014 — Autodesk Research Blog

Meshmixer 2.7 is now available and it makes it easier to 3D print multiple objects. Unlike a traditional paper printer that will print as many copies as paper and toner fit in the machine, a 3D printer usually only makes one copy. With Meshmixer 2.7 it is now easy to layout multiple objects for printing in one shot. Read more...

Inside The 3D-Printed Limb Factory
December 5, 2014 — Fast Company

Inside the University of Toronto's brutalist concrete library, there is a room filled with human limbs. Not real limbs, but 3-D-printed lower-leg prosthetics. [...] A clinician will be taught how to customize each prosthetic using a piece of software from project partner Autodesk (called MeshMixer) by building up the scan in certain areas to add relief where areas might be bonier. Read more...

Autodesk Research at Biofabricate Conference
December 2, 2014 — Autodesk Research Blog

Autodesk is sponsoring the Biofabricate conference in New York on December 4, 2014. This is the world’s first summit dedicated to biofabrication for future industrial and consumer products. Biofabrication comprises highly disruptive technologies enabling design and manufacturing to intersect with the building blocks of life. Computers can now read and write with DNA. This is a world where bacteria, yeast, fungi, algae and mammalian cells grow and shape sustainable new materials. Read more...

Research at Autodesk University 2014
December 1, 2014 — Autodesk Research Blog

Autodesk Research will be at Autodesk University 2014 and the theme this year is the Future of How Things are Made. The Research team will be displaying some of their work and views on the future in the Exhibit Hall and you are cordially invited to come by, have a look, be inspired and share your feedback. Read more...

Hacking into pharma’s R&D model
November 28, 2014 — Eye for Pharma

The founder of a new co-op biotech company Andrew Hessel talks to eyeforpharma about how he is planting the seed for major change in the way medicines are discovered. Read more...

Innovating Tools for Quantifying the Self, and Future Self
November 27, 2014 — Techonomy

Eri Gentry, Carlos Olguin, and Drew Purves, all innovators at the fore of the field, joined WIRED writer Marcus Wohlsen at Techonomy 2014 on Monday for a conversation exploring what we mean when we talk about “innovating ourselves.” Read more...

5 Q’s for Algorithmic Design Guru Mark Davis
November 21, 2014 — Center for Data Innovation

The Center for Data Innovation spoke with Mark Davis, the Senior Director for Design Research at Autodesk. Davis discussed his work on goal-directed design software, which allows designers to specify characteristics that an object must have and then algorithmically generates designs that fit the specifications. Davis also discussed why he thinks the technology will empower, not replace, human designers. Read more...

DREAMCATCHER: A Computer-Aided Design Software With “Generative Design” Approach
November 20, 2014 — Cyberoptions

Brackets for a lunar lander designed by Autodesk for the company Moon Express using Dreamcatcher.

Software that can “evolve” novel component designs could help designers and engineers by automating part of the creative process.

Autodesk developed the computer-aided design software, called Dreamcatcher, over the past seven years. Read more...

Adrian Butscher is presenting Goal-Driven Design with Autodesk’s Project Dreamcatcher at the Opening of the Center for Geometry and Computational Design
November 11, 2014 — Center for Geometry and Computational Design

The Vienna University of Technology is opening the Center for Geometry and Computational Design on November 14, 2014. Dr. Adrian Butscher, Senior Research Scientist in Geometry Processing, will discuss Project Dreamcatcher, a next-generation computer-aided design system under development at Autodesk Research. Dr. Butscher will also discuss work carried out at Stanford University in 3D shape analysis, specifically the application of optimal transportation to geodesic distance computations.

Biohackers on “Grinders,” Van Gogh’s Other Ear and the Augmented Self at Techonomy
November 10, 2014 — Re/code

The “Innovating Our Selves” panel — sandwiched on this afternoon’s schedule between “Confronting the Internet Counter-Reaction” and a presentation from a Femto Management philosopher — featured Gentry, along with Carlos Olguin, who heads the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Group at Autodesk Research, and Drew Purves, head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group at Microsoft Research.

Olguin talked about how Autodesk had regrown Vincent van Gogh’s severed ear from a 125-year-old DNA sample taken from a postage stamp, and what that milestone might mean for living people. Read more...

Software Designs Products by Simulating Evolution
November 7, 2014 — MIT Technology Review

Software that can “evolve” novel component designs could help designers and engineers by automating part of the creative process.

Autodesk developed the computer-aided design software, called Dreamcatcher, over the past seven years. The California-based company already makes 3-D software that’s widely used in architecture, engineering, animation, and other industries. But Dreamcatcher takes a novel approach known as “generative design.” Read more...

"Innovation in the Age of Possibilities" with Ramtin Attar, Autodesk Research, Toronto
November 6, 2014 — Daniels Sessions, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Room 103, 230 College Street, Toronto
Following the lecture, audience members are invited to continue the conversation with the speaker in the Graduate Student Lounge, located in the lower level of 230 College Street.

Meshmixer 2.6 on the loose. Tubes!
November 5, 2014 — Autodesk 123D blog

Meshmixer 2.6 was released today by Autodesk with some nice additions for your 3D printing workflows.

One of the new features I've found fun to play with is the Add Tube feature which lets you route tubes through your 3D models. Its pretty interactive as you drag the handles around to define the start and end of the tube. By default, the tubes are routed automatically through the inside of your model and cut out. Some parameters and alternate behavior is possible such as routing with straight lines, splines, inside or out of the model, adjusting the start and end size, and creating a separate tube object. It will even route around previously routed tubes in case you need multiple tubes. Some amazing work by Valkyrie Savage, an intern with Autodesk Research, went into bringing this feature to Meshmixer for this release. Read more...

3D Printed Virus To Attack Cancer Cells
November 5, 2014 — Forbes

A genetic engineer at Autodesk says he can 3D print a virus that one day might be able to attack cancer cells.

Google’s Calico recently opened a $1.5 billion research lab to work with big pharmaceutical companies towards a cure for aging. And now Autodesk, best known for it’s CAD software, has created a Life Sciences lab in San Francisco that’s researching digital biology. Through his research in the Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group at the lab, Andrew Hessel has focused on 3D printing customized viruses that could help scientists create new vaccines or attack the cancer cells customized for each person – not one size fits all. Read more...

‘PipeDream’ – Autodesk Working on Way to Integrate Tubes for Electronic Components Within 3D Prints
November 4, 2014 —

If you 3D print sculptures or 3D print equipment that will need wires, sensors and lights, then you’ve probably been waiting for something like PipeDream to hit the market. PipeDream is a program that Autodesk researchers have been working on. Read more...

Autodesk's PipeDreams helps you easily integrate tubes for electronics into your 3D prints
November 4, 2014 —

While 3D printing technology has given us an unprecedented freedom in designing and creating new objects, it is still mostly suited for printing sculptures and miniatures that need little extra work. Designing something interactive or electronic is often accompanied by a host of new and complicated steps, like splitting it up into different parts and assembling these around an electronic base, all of which adds more steps where things can go wrong. Read more...

Design software is stuck in the 80s - But not for much longer
October 28, 2014 — Inside 3DP

Over the past 30 years we have witnessed incredible progress in the software world. Recently, thanks to 3D printing, Internet of Things, VR headsets and wearables, the world of hardware is following suit.

As human beings, we know that we’re imperfect and that we have limitations. While software may have some flaws, it has the potential to produce highly-detailed designs in a matter of seconds, something that would otherwise takes us days, weeks or months to produce. Take a look as Autodesk’s “Dreamcatcher” project generates multiple options of a chair design. Just define the area you want to be designed, and the software will take care the rest. Read more...

Microorganisms can assume some really strange roles
October 27, 2014 — SOFTPEDIA

Viruses aren't something anyone should want to be infected with, but a certain man believes they can be adapted to help mankind instead, by destroying cancer if you can believe it.

Autodesk’s genetic engineer Andrew Hessel also happens to be a genetic engineer, as well as a cell and genetic biologist.

Hessel believes that it is, or soon will be, possible to 3D print special viruses, called oncolytic viruses, which will be able to break cancer cells apart. Read more...

Kitty Wins a Best Talk Award at UIST 2014
October 24, 2014 — Autodesk Research Blog

Great news! Autodesk Research was awarded a Best Talk Award at the 2014 User Interface Software and Technology Syposium (UIST) for Kitty, a tool that makes it possible to draw interactive experiences. Read more...

Autodesk Genetic Engineer is Able to 3D Print Viruses, Soon to Attack Cancer Cells
October 18, 2014 —

Weaving his way through a virtually invisible and widely unknown world of microscopic cells and futuristic technology, Autodesk’s genetic engineer Andrew Hessel is working to fight cancer on a new level: a personalized, affordable one, using 3D printed oncolytic viruses, which literally break cancer cells apart. Read more...

Meet the biologist hacking 3D printed cancer-fighting viruses
October 16, 2014 —

"I'm trying to make 3D printed cancer-fighting viruses" declares Autodesk's Andrew Hessel, speaking at WIRED2014 in London. A cell biologist and genetic biologist, Hessel states that "practically no-one understands what I do", and as such, he is equally as happy to accept the informal description of biohacker. The world he works in is "an invisible world to most people" purely because of the very tiny scale of the physics he works with. Read more...

3D printing's future is the high street, not the home
October 3, 2014 — New Scientist

As 3D printers become more powerful and widely available, there will be greater demand for people who know how to use them, says Ryan Schmidt of design company Autodesk Research in Toronto. He envisages experts who can embed electronics, make unusual shapes or mix materials on demand. Read more...

Four Cool Talks from Autodesk Research at UIST 2014
October 2, 2014

The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) is just around the corner. This year Autodesk Research is a platinum sponsor and has four cool papers to present covering a diverse range of topics from 3D printing interactive objects to a new text entry method for smart watches to big data analytics with baseball and a new paradigm for drawing interactive content. Read more...

Making bespoke cancer drugs: Andrew Hessel | WIRED2014 preview
October 1, 2014 — WIRED2014

Andrew Hessel is speaking at WIRED2014 on 16-17 October. Tickets are on sale now: see for a full speaker list and further information. WIRED Subscribers receive a 10 percent discount.

Would you compare cancer drugs to blockbuster films? Canadian biohacker Andrew Hessel has with his analogy of the drug development business model. Read more...

Autodesk Remote Updated
September 24, 2014

Autodesk Remote Recently Updated for Maya 2015

3D Printing Trophies for SIGGRAPH Real-Time Live!
September 24, 2014

We've done a bunch of work with 3D printing. Some of the most notable work has been the work with Meshmixer, geometry preparation and creating branching support structures so that your objects come out faster, with less waste and no drooping. In the image below, our example support structure uses 75% less plastic than the manufacturer-provided supports, which also reduces print time by one hour. Read more...

Autodesk Research Introduces the Paper Forager to help User Experience Designers and Researchers
September 24, 2014

There is lots of good material nowadays for exploring user experience. Perhaps so much that it makes it hard to get started or find what you need. And that's where the Paper Forager steps in to help! Read more...

Azam Khan delivers the Parametric Human Project in the closing keynote of the Advanced Digital Technology in Head & Neck Reconstruction Conference
September 6, 2014 — Advanced Digital Technology in Head & Neck Reconstruction Conference (ADT) in Beijing, China

Azam Khan, Head of Environment and Ergonomics Research Group at Autodesk Research, delivered the closing keynote at the Advanced Digital Technology in Head & Neck Reconstruction Conference (ADT) in Beijing, China. In his keynote, Azam talked about the academic and industrial research consortium that has come together to work on the Parametric Human Project (PHP). The PHP has the goal of creating a complete data-driven morphological and physiological human model. Key research challenges in the PHP include anatomical data collection, data-driven ontological authoring, and a unifying theory for multiscale mixed-model multi-paradigm simulation. The application of advanced digital techniques in head and neck surgery has increased rapidly over the past decade. With this, the PHP vision for a goal-driven optimization system to help automate the designs needed for successful patient outcomes can contribute to the advancement of medical care.

Can an armadillo paper airplane fly? Autodesk says yes
August 9, 2014 — CNET

Autodesk researchers have developed a Pteromys, a tool that lets anyone design a paper airplane that will fly, no matter how outlandish. Read more...

How the weirdest designs can become great paper planes
August 8, 2014 — NewScientist

DO YOUR paper aeroplanes dive limply to the floor the moment they're launched? If so, software that ensures even the craziest designs can fly could rescue them. Nobuyuki Umetani at the University of Tokyo, Japan, working with computer-aided-design specialist Autodesk, has come up with a program that injects sensible aerodynamic principles into any paper plane idea. Read more...

OCE Discovery 2014 panel 3D Manufacturing: Beyond the Hype
July 30, 2014 — Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery

Autodesk Research Scientist Dr. Ryan Schmidt participates in the OCE Discovery 2014 panel 3D Manufacturing: Beyond the Hype, moderated by CBC Spark producer Dan Misener.

Autodesk Research at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver
July 28, 2014 — SIGGRAPH 2014 - Vancouver

The Autodesk Research team will be presenting and attending SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver Canada. Presentations will be made on airplanes, cloth, hair, and 3D printing. You can also visit the SIGGRAPH Studio to try out project Draco.

Announcing the Autodesk Research Blog
July 14, 2014

The Autodesk Research team has started a blog to share more of what they are doing, conferences they are attending and ways they would like to interact with the public. Visit to read more.

What Bio Means to Techonomy
June 18, 2014 — Forbes

For us here at Techonomy, next Tuesday’s Techonomy Bio conference is a catalytic and mind-expanding moment. It’s a half-day foray into the systems of life. We come from the world of IT and the Internet, but have concluded that becoming too embedded in it will increasingly be a deep limitation. For any of us to innovate and understand the future progress of mankind, we have to recognize that for all their compelling charms, digital tools are just one part of the toolset. Now that biology yields every day to greater understanding, it is going to pull human society into fundamentally new directions.

Opening the event will be Andrew Hessel of Autodesk’s new bio and nano design division, explaining why he believes that as the cost of DNA sequencing comes down we have the prospect of finally making real progress in combatting cancer. Read more...

Episode 6: 3D Printing Future Manufacture
June 18, 2014 — BBC

Skylar Tibbits explains 4D printing.

Watch on BBC site:

It's Not Magic: Watch How Parts Assemble Themselves
June 18, 2014 — Bloomberg TV

What if a table or a bridge could build itself? Researchers at the self-assembly lab at MIT, in collaboration with Stratasys and Autodesk, are working on ways to have objects put themselves together. Skylar Tibbits shows Bloomberg what a self-assembling future could look like. Watch on Bloomberg TV...

3D Printed Cancer Medicines at Toronto ideaCity
June 17, 2014 — ideacity 2014

Andrew Hessel, Autodesk Distinguished Researcher, will discuss 3D printed cancer medicines at Toronto’s ideacity conference from June 18-20, 2014. ideacity plays host to a mélange of distinguished thinkers, from artistic talents and literary heavyweights, to innovative scientists and visionary entrepreneurs, ideacity is more than just a stage to air new concepts – it’s an incubator for inspiration.

Toronto Design Hackathon to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
June 13, 2014 — ALERT

Affordable & Low-income Environmental Renewal in Toronto (ALERT), a city-building initiative that supports continuous improvement in Toronto’s old residential high-rises, is running the ALERT PowerOf50 Hackathon on the weekend of July 5th, 2014. Hackathon participants will explore building datasets provided by the City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal program and create prototypes which may include web tools, interactive visualizations, innovative interfaces, static graphics and designs to help building owners invest in energy efficient measures, lower greenhouse gas emissions and save hundreds of thousands of dollars. Toronto’s residential sector is responsible for one fifth of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions and the old residential high-rises represent Toronto’s most affordable housing. Autodesk is a proud sponsor.

BoneBot: Automating the Population of the Parametric Human Database
June 12, 2014 — Parametric Human Project

The Parametric Human Project (PHP), founded by Autodesk Research, has started the BoneBot project to automate and expedite the high-resolution laser scanning of human bone samples. The data from these scans will be added to the PHP database to generate aggregate digital human models that support biomechanical simulation for biomedical and industrial research. Specific applications that will benefit from such models include surgery planning, rehabilitation, product design, and ergonomic safety.

Existing technologies for scanning the bones of human specimens are extremely time consuming, require constant human operation, and lack consistent and repeatable procedures for data acquisition. Moreover, human bone specimens are delicate, and thus direct handling and manipulation must be minimized to ensure the preservation of each bone’s integrity. The BoneBot project aims to facilitate the consistent and standardized capture of data through the design of handling devices and a protective fixture that can hold and protect bones of different sizes and shapes during the scanning process. By leveraging machine learning, the BoneBot will learn the movement paths required for the collection of complete and robust anatomical data. The BoneBot is being developed in collaboration with researchers at OCAD University, through funding awarded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

As an international research consortium, the PHP is working to create an advanced, data-driven, statistically-based digital atlas, and parametric model of the human anatomy to help users augment and accelerate the study of human abilities.

Autodesk Research's Project Chronicle graduates from Autodesk Labs to Autodesk Screencast
June 9, 2014 — It's Alive In The Lab

Project Chronicle has graduated from Autodesk Labs to become Autodesk Screencast and part of the Autodesk Knowledge Network. Autodesk Screencast provides a simple way to capture and share what you know. Additionally, the captured workflow events are displayed on an interactive timeline, enhancing the viewing and learning experience. Read more...

Autodesk's Draco Lets You Animate An Illustration In Seconds
May 28, 2014 — FastCo Design

Being an animator is painstaking work. Even the most advanced animation software, which uses all sorts of tricks to streamline the process, still requires a lot of drawing. After all, you're illustrating 24 frames a second. A new system called Draco, developed by Autodesk’s R&D department, creates animated images in seconds. Read more...

Why Autodesk's CTO Believes Synthetic Biology is More Promising Than 3-D Printing
May 27, 2014 — The Motley Fool

While 3-D printing is often hyped by the media -- sometimes for good reason -- I don't think it's the most far-reaching, game-changing technology out there. There is significant potential for additive manufacturing to disrupt the world's current manufacturing processes, especially considering that polymers, metals, plasters, and other materials can be used in 3-D printers, but can it really replace traditional manufacturing anytime soon? I have my doubts, and Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski seems to agree. Read more...

Autodesk Presenting at AVI 2014 International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces
May 22, 2014 — AVI 2014 International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces

Simon Breslav, Autodesk Research Scientist, will present Mimic: Visual Analysis of Online Micro-interactions at the AVI 2014 International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces in Como, Italy. Mimic can help interaction designers to improve the usability of their designs by going beyond aggregates to examine many individual user sessions in detail.

The automation of design
May 21, 2014 — Radar O'Reilly

Physical and biological design are about to get much more digital, says Autodesk’s CTO.

I recently spoke with Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski about this convergence between physical and digital, and its impact on design. In his view, computers are about to go from mere drafting tables to full partners in the design process. Read more...

Design as parameterization: brute-forcing the manufacturing/ design problem-space
May 21, 2014 — Boing Boing

Here's something exciting: Autodesk's new computer-aided design software lets the designer specify the parameters of a solid (its volume, dimensions, physical strength, even the tools to be used in its manufacture and the amount of waste permissible in the process) and the software iterates through millions of potential designs that fit. Read more...

3D Printing of Prosthetics
May 20, 2014 — TEDx Toronto

Autodesk collaborates to create a process for 3D Printing of Prosthetics. Matt Ratto, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, talked at TEDx Toronto on how the process works, the improvements that this brings to people’s lives and how Autodesk, Meshmixer and Dr. Ryan Schmidt, Autodesk Research Scientist, have helped to make this a reality.

Software Company Autodesk Creates Synthetic Virus
May 13, 2014 — Serious Wonder

This virus was originally produced by the J. Craig Venter Institute back in 2003, but with the help of Andrew Hessel – a distinguished researcher for Autodesk, working under their Bio/Nano Programmable Matter team – Autodesk was able to develop this virus in just over two weeks, whereas the Institute’s development process took 5 years. Read more...

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life
May 12, 2014 — Forbes

This month, Autodesk, the design and engineering software company, booted up a synthetic bacteriophage—aka a virus—then 3-D printed the result. What is a software design company doing in the virus business? “Well,” says Andrew Hessel, Autodesk distinguished researcher, “we’re considering the possibility that you can write software for living things with bio-code (aka DNA).” Read more...

Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach discusses “The Future Of Making" in the opening keynote at the 2014 Chinese CHI Conference in Toronto, Canada
May 9, 2014 — 2014 Chinese CHI Conference in Toronto

Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach, Head of Autodesk Research, discusses three technology trends will dramatically change the way we design and make things in the future. First, 3D printing is allowing more people to make things and allowing them to make things that were previously impossible to make. Second, the range of things that can be digitally fabricated is increasing. While today 3D printers routinely print plastic and metal parts, we are, for example, already seeing 3D printers that "print" a much broader range of materials from multiple materials to printing living biology. Third, today we use computers to document a design and analyze if it "will work". In the future, using the massive scale of cloud computing, we will be able to compute not just a sufficient design but the optimal designs by having the computer create and evaluate millions of potential designs. The combination of these trends will significantly change the nature of "making".

Azam Khan discusses "Industry - Academia Collaboration" at the 2014 Chinese CHI Conference in Toronto, Canada
May 9, 2014 — Chinese CHI Conference in Toronto

Azam Khan, Head of Environment and Ergonomics at Autodesk Research, participated in a panel to discuss "Industry - Academia Collaboration". The panel has two main questions: "What are the current best practices?" and "How can they be improved in the future?" Other participants are Xiaojuan Ma from Huawei Noah Ark Lab, David Ayman Shamma from Yahoo Lab, Mike Chen from National Taiwan University and Ellen Do from the Georgia Institute of Technology & National University of Singapore.

Synthetic biology: Cultural divide
May 9, 2014 — Nature

A Canadian futurist named Andrew Hessel has an unorthodox idea about how to cure breast cancer. He asks: what if volunteer researchers, working cooperatively from their garages and bedrooms, could rival the efforts of multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical companies?

His crowd-funded venture, the Pink Army Cooperative, is trying to do just that by tapping into open-source tools springing from synthetic biology — an emerging field that designs biological products using engineering principles and a modular approach. Read more...

Citi: These 10 Technologies Will Utterly Transform The World
May 9, 2014 — Business Insider

4-D Printing: The movement is spearheaded by a guy named Skylar Tibbits, a researcher in MIT's architecture department, in collaboration with Stratasys Ltd. and Autodesk Inc. The idea is this: You used 3-D printers to print out smart materials that can shape or assemble themselves. The concept is still in its infancy, but Citi says this could help people build stuff in extreme conditions, or allow medical devices to construct themselves once they're implanted. Read more...

The next step in technology: 4D printing
May 9, 2014 — Fox Business

MIT assembly lab director Skylar Tibbits on creating 4D printing technology. Watch more...

Why Algorithms Are The Next Star Designers
May 7, 2014 — Fast Company

The industrial designer of the future might just be a computer. The traditional design process can be a laborious one, full of iterations and tweaks to make a product just so. For years, design software maker Autodesk has been working on an alternative: a program that sorts through all the ways to make a product of specific measurements and then spits out the best option. Read more...


Autodesk Builds Its Own Virus, as the Software Giant Develops Design Tools for Life Itself
May 5, 2014 — Re/code

Autodesk, which develops design software for building very big things, just built a very small thing.

Its own virus.

The company is collaborating with leading scientists on a research effort known as “Project Cyborg.” They’re attempting to build a software platform that could enable greater design complexity as researchers work to engineer self-assembling DNA, proteins, viruses, cells, tissues and more. Read more...

Self-Assembly Required: One Scientist’s Bid to Build Cancer-Killing Nanorobots
May 4, 2014 — Re/code

The term “cancer killing nanorobot” could conjure up all sorts of images, the best involving teeny tiny laser eyebeams. What you wouldn’t expect is the illustration that pops up in Shawn Douglas’ slide deck, which looks more like a colorful rope basket split in half.

Seeing great promise in the field, Autodesk has been partnering with many researchers in synthetic biology, nano design and related areas, in a broad effort to develop a design software platform and interoperability standards. Read more...

The Gigaom interview: Why synthetic biology and the Netflix model are the future of medicine
May 3, 2014 — Gigaom

Life is a programming language, and molecular biologist Andrew Hessel thinks that it will be increasingly available to anyone interested in designing with the building blocks of life. Autodesk’s bio/nano/programmable matter group, where Hessel is a distinguished researcher, is building design software known as “Project Cyborg” that will allow individuals to make 3D models of living matter. Read more...

Project Cyborg

3D Printing Prosthetics for Use in Uganda
May 1, 2014 — BBC World Service Radio

Ryan Schmidt, Autodesk Research's Head of Design and Fabrication Research, was recently interviewed in London by the BBC World Service Radio regarding 3D printing prosthetics for use in Uganda. Ryan discusses 3D scanning limbs with mobile equipment that can travel to the patient. The scanned data can then be cleaned up in Autodesk Meshmixer and prepared for 3D printing.

3D Printing Prosthetics

Can Autodesk and Organovo Bring Tissue Engineering to a Hospital Near You?
April 23, 2014 — The Motley Fool

Tissue engineering has captured the imagination of mainstream media and investors alike. In the future, will humans be able to bioprint living tissue to repair and replace ailing or diseased tissue? Could companies eventually print functional cancerous tissue in the lab to hasten the development of oncology drugs? Tissue engineering may be in its infancy today, but it could be getting closer to reality with companies such as Organovo Holdings (NYSEMKT: ONVO) developing futuristic technology platforms.

Draco: Bringing Illustration to Life with Kinetic Textures
April 22, 2014 — HOW Design

When you think of the word “illustration” your mind conjures up a flat still life drawing or it may even give movement to that image in the form of an animation. Historically animations have been created by creating series of images by hand and then ordering them in such a manner that when the images are shown in succession at high speeds they create a moving picture. Technology has advanced significantly since the days of Émile Cohl’s first animated motion pictures but there is still a uniquely complicated method for creating animations. However a new project from Autodesk Research is re-imagining the way the world animation works by bring illustrations to life with kinetic textures with Draco. At first glance the image below appears to be your typical run of the mill gif, however, it is anything but.


Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach to Give Opening Keynote at Chinese CHI 2014
April 17, 2014 — Toronto, Canada

On April 26th, Head of Autodesk Research, Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach, will give the opening keynote presentation at this year's 2nd International Symposium of Chinese CHI (Chinese CHI 2014). Titled, "The Future of Making Things", Dr. Kurtenbach will describe three technology trends that will dramatically change the way we design and make things in the future – 3D printing, new materials in digital fabrication and design optimization. Gord will talk about some of the potential--and some of the hype--around 3D printing and how computer design tools will change to take full advantage of these technology trends.

Autodesk researcher Wei Li is also co-chairing this year's event as the general conference chair. Chinese CHI is a leading forum for research in all areas of Human-Computer Interaction, especially research areas related to Chinese language, Chinese cultural heritage and interaction design. It attracts an international community of practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines including user experience design, software engineering, human factors, information systems, social science and creative industries among other disciplines.

Autodesk Receives 3 Awards at Premier Human-Computer Interaction Conference
April 11, 2014 — Toronto, Canada

Autodesk Research was recently recognized by receiving three top awards for its submissions at this year’s ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). The annual conference, which will be held this year between April 26th and May 1st at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, is considered the premier international conference of human-computer interaction. The top award, Best Paper Award, is given to the top 1% of total submissions at the event, while the Honorable Mention Award recognizes the top 2% of submissions. Additionally, with an acceptance rate of only 23% overall, Autodesk will be well represented when it presents a total of five accepted papers during this year’s conference.

The accepted papers (and awards) include:

Duet: Exploring Joint Interactions on a Smart Phone and a Smart Watch
Xiang Anthony Chen, Tovi Grossman, Daniel Wigdor & George Fitzmaurice
CHI 2014 Best Paper Award

Draco: Bringing Life to Illustrations with Kinetic Textures
Rubaiat Habib, Fanny Chevalier, Tovi Grossman, Shengdong Zhao & George Fitzmaurice
CHI 2014 Honorable Mention Award

Investigating the Feasibility of Extracting Tool Demonstrations from In-Situ Video Content
Ben Lafreniere, Tovi Grossman, Justin Matejka & George Fitzmaurice
CHI 2014 Honorable Mention Award

CADament: A Gamified Multiplayer Software Tutorial System
Wei Li, Tovi Grossman & George Fitzmaurice

History Assisted View Authoring for 3D Models
Hsiang-Ting (Tim) Chen, Tovi Grossman, Ryan Schmidt, Björn Hartmann, George Fitzmaurice & Maneesh Agrawala

How Autodesk’s Project Cyborg Will Revolutionize Synthetic Biology
April 10, 2014 — SynBioBeta

Software is an extremely valuable tool with countless applications. Need to digest spectral information from a series of images to determine the presence or absence of a target material, perhaps a cancerous tumor or explosive residue? Image processing software has you covered. Need to model how a new airplane design will take to the skies or how a Generation IV nuclear reactor will bring clean energy to cities of the future? Once again, software has your back. Heck, need help solving a differential equation for that pesky university course? Your professor may not like it, but software can help you find the answers.

Autodesk Research Wins Innovative Application Award for AI Deployed Applications
March 28, 2014 — Autodesk Labs

Director of Research, George Fitzmaurice, shared some good news with us. He was pleased to announce that a paper by Autodesk Research members was accepted and selected to receive the Innovative Application Award for Deployed Artificial Intelligence Applications at this year’s IAAI conference, Québec City, Québec, Canada, July 29-31.

Andrew Hessel's Autodesk Team Seeks Crowdsourced Cancer Cure
March 21, 2014 — Bloomberg Businessweek

Six months ago, Autodesk (ADSK) opened a skunk works on Pier 9 in San Francisco. The two-story waterfront space—a TechShop on steroids—houses top-of-the-line 3D printers, a precision water jet cutter, wood and metal shops, an industrial kitchen, and pretty much any other tool an inventor could possibly want. Tucked away in a corner, there’s also a skunk works within the skunk works. Here, Andrew Hessel and a team of designers, programmers, and scientists are working on what is perhaps Autodesk’s most ambitious project: building software and hardware that will simplify the task of designing and fabricating living things, including viruses, bacteria, and even human organs. “What’s beautiful about software is that it makes complex jobs easy,” he says.

Create Training Videos with Project Chronicle
March 13, 2014 — Cadalyst

Autodesk's updated video-capture tool features expanded editing capabilities.

I first explored Autodesk's Project Chronicle — a screen-recording utility that lets you create your own short training videos — in the fall of 2012. As a big fan of video-based training, I liked the fact that Chronicle not only recorded the screen, but also listed the command steps and dialog boxes being used to facilitate user learning. The initial version of Chronicle was limited in that it only supported AutoCAD and it offered very little video editing capability. My initial impression was that Chronicle was a great idea, but was not yet mature.

5 technologies that are shaping the future of design
March 12, 2014 — Gigaom

Theatrical robots. 3D printers that churn out cells. Wearables for infants. These types of technologies might be “out there,” but they show off key enabling technologies that are pushing the future of design forward These types of technologies were highlighted at Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Design Conference in San Francisco on Monday.

3D Printing Low-Cost Prosthetics Parts in Uganda
March 11, 2014 — MedGadget

Researchers at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with Autodesk Research (Toronto, Ontario) and CBM Canada (Stouffville, Ontario) are employing 3D-printing techniques to produce cheap, fast, and easily customizable prosthetic sockets for use in the developing world. I was invited to check out the lab on behalf of Medgadget to get a better idea of what’s the latest in custom printed prosthetic devices.

Beware 3-D Printing!
March 10, 2014 — Barrons's

It was meant to be the moment science fiction finally met reality. This past January, makers of 3-D printers reserved 7,000 square feet worth of space at the Consumer Electronics Show. At their introductory press briefing, CES organizers described how 3-D printing was driving a new industrial revolution. The Las Vegas show floor was littered with small boxes spitting out plastic figurines and minimalist jewelry. Not exactly the stuff of a new world order in manufacturing, perhaps, but the tech world nevertheless declared 2014 the year of the 3-D printer.

Digital Campus Innovation: How Mapping Buildings Will Save Money, Conserve Energy and Enhance Student Learning
March 4, 2014 — ResearchWorks

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.

This motto has motivated a team of Carleton University researchers to develop a cutting-edge project that could help the university become more sustainable – and, save money on the $12 million spent to heat, cool, ventilate, light and power its 44 buildings.

3D Printing Extravaganza
March 2, 2014 — 3D Printing Extravaganza

On Saturday, March 1st, Ryan Schmidt, Autodesk Research's head of Design and Fabrication Research, hosted a 3D printing workshop for members of the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter at Autodesk's downtown facility in Toronto, Canada. The 4-hour event allowed attendees an opportunity to learn about designing models and 3D printing, and, ultimately provided each participant the chance to take home a 3D model of their creation.

Nano Design, Legos and Curing Cancer
February 28, 2014 — Bloomberg

World-renowned designers will come together on March 10th for the 2nd annual Bloomberg Businessweek Design conference in San Francisco. Meet one of the speakers, Andrew Hessel, a distinguished researcher with Autodesk's bio/nano programmable matter group. He views cells as living computers and life science as an emerging IT industry and he is working toward building viruses that can cure cancer. Bloomberg Businessweek is hosting its second annual design conference at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 10th. For tickets and information, go to: (Source: Bloomberg)

Architecture May Influence Which Microbes Surround You
February 27, 2014 — Wired

They have us surrounded. Even inside the spaces we build for ourselves — like homes and offices — we are a tiny minority. Invisible bacteria, fungi, and viruses outnumber us by orders of magnitude.

We will always be outnumbered, but we may have a say in which microbes we’re surrounded by, according to a new study that’s one of the first to investigate how building design influences the microbial diversity of indoor spaces. “Design choices at the level of a whole building make a really big impact on the types of invisible organisms that you see in a room,” said microbial ecologist Jessica Green, an author of the new study. The work is part of an emerging body research suggesting that design decisions — from the architect’s blueprint to the choice of ventilation system to the materials picked by the interior designer — help shape the microbes in our midst.

Synthetic biology may change everything: Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk
February 14, 2014 — The Economic Times

As chief technology officer of Autodesk, Jeff Kowalski, 47, is responsible for shaping the US-based design software maker's long-term technology vision and has a ringside view to some cutting-edge technology in the works, including 4D printing. In a telephonic interview to ET's Jarshad NK, Kowalski talks about the pitfalls of predicting the future, the blurring of lines between the living and material world and why 3D printing, an area in which Autodesk is one of the pioneers, is not likely to replace traditional manufacturing.

How NASA Prints Trees
February 9, 2014 — TechCrunch

Andrew Hessel, a biotechnology analyst who is a distinguished researcher with San Rafael, Calif.-based Autodesk Inc., said the emerging field of 3D bioprinting is a “pretty wide open space” with different researchers “all dancing on multiple fronts at once.” And the research is not without controversy. Information-technology research firm Gartner, Inc. recently predicted 3D printing of living tissue and organs will soon spur a major ethical debate.

Jos Stam to Give Opening Keynote at i3D Conference
February 7, 2014 — San Francisco, California, USA

On March 14, Autodesk researcher, Jos Stam, will give the opening keynote presentation at this year's 28th Annual ACM Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games (i3D). Titled, "Fluid Dynamics for Entertianment", Dr. Stam will describe his work and experience with computational fluid dynamics targeted to the entertainment industry. The emphasis is on simple, stable and rapid solutions which yield visually realistic results. This year's event will take place at the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, and, aims to bring together experts in the field of interaction, interactive 3D graphics, and games.

Something to stand on
January 31, 2014 — The Economist

Proliferating digital platforms will be at the heart of tomorrow’s economy, and even government

PROVIDING THE RIGHT platform is sometimes all it takes. Instead of planning new pedestrian plazas by the usual bureaucratic means, New York City’s department of transportation just marks an area on a street with temporary materials and then lets local organisations, architects and citizens decide what to do with it. The programme has so far produced 59 plazas, including the Pearl Street Triangle in Brooklyn, a small urban oasis with big potted plants and shaded seating.

Autodesk Researcher Gives Keynote at Recent Autodesk University Extension Event
November 7, 2013 — Mexico City, Mexico

On November 7th, in Mexico City, Autodesk Research's Head of Bio/Nano/Programmable Research Group, Carlos Olguin, was the keynote presenter discussing insights into 3D and 4D printing at this year's Autodesk University (AU) Extension Mexico.

The event provides a platform for professionals to discuss innovation in design and technology, and, includes a wide range of industries including manufacturing, architecture, construction, infrastructure, and, entertainment.

For more information about Autodesk University 2013, being held December 3-5 in Las Vegas, visit the website at

Autodesk Researcher a Panelist at CPPI’s Forum on Capitol Hill
November 7, 2013 — Washington, DC, USA

Autodesk Researcher, Ramtin Attar, represented Autodesk at a public policy forum entitled "Futurist Policy Initiative: Internet of Everything" on Capitol Hill. US Senator Mark Warner of Virginia delivered keynote remarks, underscoring the role of smart policy in fostering IoE innovation and deployment. Jeffrey Campbell, Vice President of The Americas Global Government Affairs at Cisco, moderated the first of its kind policy discussion with: Ramtin Attar, Principal Research Scientist at Autodesk, David Malkin, Director of Government Affairs and Policy for Digital Energy at GE, and world renowned IoE expert Dan Caprio of McKenna Long & Aldridge (and, Member of the European Commission Expert Group on the Internet of Everything).

Read the full report here.

New Autodesk Initiative Puts Max and Maya in your Browser
November 6, 2013 — CG Channel

Autodesk users can now access 3ds Max and Maya inside a standard web browser and render images in the cloud via Otoy’s GPU-accelerated Octane Render Service.

The service – part of a joint initiative involving Autodesk, Otoy, Nvidia and Amazon – should make it possible to use either package on any operating system, and even on mobile and tablet devices.

Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Holds "Interactive Industry Night" to Showcase Local Graphics Industry
November 1, 2013 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Toronto Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH held an "Interactive Industry Night” at the historic Design Exchange on Tuesday, October 29th. The event consisted of a 90-minute session including both entertaining and illuminating summaries from various organizations within the Toronto computer graphics industry, including representatives from Arc Productions, Autodesk, Oddly Studios, Side Effects Software, TOPIX and Entremedia.

For more information about the Toronto organization and their future events, please visit the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH website.

From Exponential Technologies to Exponential Innovation
October 4, 2013 — Deloitte University Press

Through a virtuous cycle—technological improvement enabling innovation, which in turn serves as a platform for further technological improvement and innovation—exponentially advancing digital technologies have led to exponentially accelerating innovation. The resulting marketplace disruptions make the environment increasingly difficult to navigate, but can also open the door to great opportunity.

Autodesk Research's Ramtin Attar is selected as a DiverseCity Fellow
October 2, 2013 — Toronto, Canada

Autodesk Researcher, Ramtin Attar, is selected as one of CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows. DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project is an initiative of Maytree and CivicAction, funded in part by the government of Ontario. Ramtin Attar joins a diverse cross-section of rising leaders from business, government, and community organizations who will work together to strengthen the economic and social prosperity of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This year’s Fellows program of learning and launching civic projects will focus on jobs and economic opportunities, which builds on one of CivicAction’s three priorities (accelerating regional transportation, enhancing the region’s economic performance, and fostering inclusion and resilience).

Transformers: Furniture That Assembles Itself and Cancer-killing "Nanorobots"?
September 18, 2013 — Holland Herald

From stone axes to iPhones, the way we create things has changed little in two million years.

Techniques are more sophisticated, but the process is the same: start with an idea or design, and produce the finished item using hands (or machines as surrogate hands).

But what if the materials did the work, and things essentially made themselves?

4-D Printing: The Solution to a $350 Billion Problem?
September 10, 2013 — Wall Street Pit

You’ve heard about 3-D printing technology. It’s poised to revolutionize the future of manufacturing globally. We call it the “Click, Print Anything Revolution.”

But do you know about 4-D printing?

3D Printing Is a Matter of Life and Death
September 5, 2013 — Mashable

When Kaiba Gionfriddo was born prematurely on Oct. 28, 2011, everything seemed relatively normal. At 35 weeks, his doctors' main concern was lung development, but Kaiba was breathing just fine. Doctors deemed him healthy enough to send him home within a few days.

Six weeks later, while the Gionfriddo family — parents April and Bryan, and two older siblings — were eating dinner at a restaurant, Kaiba stopped breathing and turned blue. After 10 days in the hospital and another incident, physicians diagnosed the infant with severe tracheobronchomalacia; his windpipe was so weak that his trachea and left bronchus collapsed, preventing crucial airflow from reaching his lungs. So Kaiba underwent a tracheostomy and was put on a ventilator, the typical treatment for his condition.

It didn't work.

Project Chronicle now available for Inventor 2013 & 2014
September 4, 2013 — San Rafael, California

Chronicle is a free technology preview that makes it convenient and easy for users to capture, share, and learn from software workflows. It is being developed jointly by the Autodesk Research office and Autodesk Knowledge Network and now supports Autodesk Inventor.

Chronicle consists of a recording utility to capture recordings, and a website that displays the recordings as interactive video tutorials. The videos can be shared publically or set to private, so that they can be used as internal training materials for a private office or classroom. In essence, Project Chronicle will allow software experts like those of you here in the forums to showcase their expertise and will allow other users to view and learn from your real-world expert examples, this inlcudes cross-product workflows.

Please check out the Chronicle Website: and continue sharing your knowledge with your peers. We'd love to hear your feedback on this application.

How do you 3D-print a heart?
September 3, 2013 — The Telegraph

Scientists are working on ways to print out almost every organ and some of their efforts are about to break into the medical mainstream, finds Theo Merz.

3D Bioprinting: Moving Beyond 2D Cell Culture
August 26, 2013 — Desktop Engineering

Less than a decade ago, if you had searched online for “3D bioprinting,” you would have found that the entries would pretty much all point to links at academic institutions, with the exception being pages from EnvisionTEC and nScrypt. Today, a similar search reveals an explosion of work on the subject -- encompassing not only corporate-academic partnerships, but also week after week of popular news items explaining the latest progress toward printing functioning organic tissue.

How We'll Grow The Next Generation Of Buildings With Bacteria
August 22, 2013 — Fast Company

Manufacturing hasn't evolved much for thousands of years. But a radical shift could be coming: replacing traditional factories with biological ones and designing by "human-cell collaboration." Are we headed to a glucose-based economy?

How 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine
August 21, 2013 — Popular Science

Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.

A device the size of an espresso machine quietly whirs to life. The contraption isn’t filled with fresh, pungent grounds but, instead, spoonfuls of opaque, sterile goo. Its robotic arm moves briskly: It hovers, lowers, and then repositions a pair of syringes over six petri dishes. In short, rapid-fire bursts, they extrude the milky paste. Soon, three little hexagons form in each dish. After a few minutes, the hexagons grow to honeycomb structures the size of fingernails. No one here is getting a latte anytime soon.

Autodesk Research's Wei Li to Present at International AI Event
August 2, 2013 — Beijing, China

Autodesk Researcher, Wei Li, will present his paper titled "TutorialPlan: Automated Tutorial Generation from CAD Drawings" at the 23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). The 2013 conference will be held at the Beijing International Convention Center between August 3rd and 9th, and, represents the largest event of its kind for AI researchers all over the world.

If You Think 3D Printing Is Disruptive, Wait for 4D
July 30, 2013 — Wall Street Journal Europe

Every now and then you come across a technology, or a mooted technology, that sounds so far-fetched, so outlandish that it belongs with proper flying cars and the paperless office. Things that will never happen.

The idea of “printing” objects, so-called 3D printing once seemed pretty outlandish but it has already made the voyage from science fiction to startup. According to a recent report by analysts McKinsey & Company, “Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy,” 3D printing will have a direct economic impact of between $230 billion and $550 billion a year in 2025.

Creating new life - and other ways to feed the world
July 23, 2013 — BBC News

How best to feed a growing population in a changing climate is fiercely debated with many new and emerging research fields hoping to provide a solution.

Estimates suggest that food production will have to increase by at least 60% by 2050 to feed a rapidly increasing population, which is expected to top nine billion.

"La Biologie est Une Technologie que L'Humain n'a pas Créée"
July 11, 2013 — Metro News

A la tête d'un groupe de recherche sur les bio et nano technologies, Carlos Olguin éclaire pour metronews les futures possibilités qu'elles ouvrent à l'humain. Une activité finalement pas si éloignée de celle de son entreprise Autodesk, spécialisée dans la conception de design d'objets.

Autodesk se met à la biologie
July 11, 2013 — L'Usine Nouvelle

Mais que vient faire le créateur du logiciel Autocad dans la biologie de synthèse et l’ingénierie des tissus ? Après s’être diversifié dans l’animation numérique, l’éditeur de logiciels met une vingtaine de chercheurs sur les thèmes les plus novateurs de la biologie. Interview de Carlos Olguin, responsable du groupe Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter, chez Autodesk Research.

Azam Khan Gives Keynote on eScience at SummerSim 2013
July 8, 2013 — Toronto, ON, Canada

Azam Khan, Head of the Environment & Ergonomics Research Group at Autodesk, gave the main keynote address at the 2013 Summer Simulation Multi-Conference .

“…When e-Mail became the "killer app of the internet", it didn't just change how we create mail and then we print it out and put it in an envelope with a stamp and send it through the post. For e-Science to become a "killer app of science", it must go beyond writing papers based on big data, high-performance computing, and machine learning, and include the digitization of the description of insights discovered and the publishing of those insights…”

Read the full abstract.

Autodesk Researcher Ramtin Attar to Give Keynote Presentation at CIPA 2013
July 2, 2013 — Strausbourg, France

Autodesk Researcher, Ramtin Attar, is scheduled to give the keynote presentation on Tuesday September 3rd at the 24th International CIPA Symposium in Strausbourg, France.

The International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage (CIPA) is one of the international committees of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites). Its main purpose is the improvement of all methods for surveying of cultural monuments and sites, specially by synergy effects gained by the combination of methods under special consideration of photogrammetry with all its aspects, as an important contribution to recording and perceptual monitoring of cultural heritage, to preservation and restoration of any valuable architectural or other cultural monument, object or site, as a support to architectural, archaeological and other art-historical research.

Come Together: Towards Machines that Build Themselves
June 14, 2013 — The Engineer

If humanity is going to fulfil its dreams about space — exploring it, mining it, colonising it — then we need to learn how to build in it. The kinds of large structures required for launching deep-space missions could be made much simpler if we could construct them in orbit rather than packaging them up for launch from Earth. And to build in one of the most extreme environments we know, we’ll have to take human involvement out of the picture. Automated construction equipment is one solution. But there may be another possibility: self-assembly.

Autodesk Researcher Gives Keynote Presentation at ITAM About Women in Technology
May 27, 2013 — Mexico City, Mexico

Erin Bradner, a user researcher at Autodesk Research, was recently at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City giving a keynote presentation about how women draw on innate talents of empathy, collaboration and social responsibility to excel in their careers in technology. Key points of the talk were later featured in the technology section of El Universal, a major Mexican newspaper. El Universal took this from Erin’s keynote (translated):

"Women have particular traits such as empathy, they understand the of the needs of people at an emotional level, and collaborate in a more systematic way [than men] which is useful in careers such as industrial design," says the specialist. In her view specific technology fields in which more women are interacting are computer systems design and human-computer interaction.

Click here to see some of the points and read the full article (in spanish) about women and technology.

6 Tech Trends of the Far Future
May 16, 2013 —

What will the future look like? Everything--including your own body--will be even more connected than it already is.

These concepts are still in their infancy--you might not see mass consumer versions of them for years, maybe even a decade. But that doesn't mean you should ignore them. By the time these tech developments become as commonplace as Facebook or electric cars, it might be too late.

The Age of Networked Matter: How Interconnecting Everything Will Transform Our World
May 6, 2013 — San Francisco, CA, USA.

Carlos Olguin, Head of the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Research Group at Autodesk, will be participating as part of a collection of panels looking into emerging technologies in computation, sensing and actuation, as well as material sciences and biology, at this year's Technical Horizons Spring 2013 Research Exchange being held on May 16-17 at the Cavallo Point Resort in Sausalito, California.

Hosted by The Institute For The Future, a non-profit organization looking to help organizations envision the future, the 2-day event called "The Age of Networked Matter: How Interconnecting Everything Will Transform Our World" will "introduce a map exploring the impending weirdness that will ensue in the new age of networked matter, identifying transformations and disruptions at the intersection of creators, context, and computation."

Click here for more information about the Technical Horizons Spring 2013 Research Exchange.

Click here for more information about The Institute For The Future.

It’s not the Jetsons, but it may be coming soon
April 30, 2013 — Washington Post

Imagine if your coat could wrap itself around you a little bit tighter when the temperature dropped. Or what if your car drove you to work instead of the other way around?

Well, don’t expect anything in time for the next snowstorm or morning commute. But some experts predict the technology that could lead to these capabilities is likely to start entering the marketplace within the next five to 10 years.

Cities Of The Future, Built By Drones, Bacteria, And 3-D Printers
April 22, 2013 — Fast Company's CO.Exist

As complex ecosystems, cities are confronting tremendous pressures to seek optimum efficiency with minimal impact in a resource-constrained world. While architecture, urban planning, and sustainability attempt to address the massive resource requirements and outflow of cities, there are signs that a deeper current of biology is working its way into the urban framework.

4D-Printing: From Self-Assembling Chairs to Cancer-Fighting Robots
April 10, 2013 — Guardian UK

Sentient chairs and cancer-fighting robots might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but these are two very real projects that Carlos Olguin is working on in his role as the director of the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Group at software giant Autodesk. Founded as a quirky Californian startup in the 1980s, the company has gone from producing AutoCAD design software for 8-bit PCs to speculating on the future of programmable lifeforms.

The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology
April 9, 2013 — Volume

Somewhere between a vat of expensive face cream and a baby Neanderthal lies a probable future for synthetic biology. While synbio start-ups – large and small – struggle with the reality of scaling up microscopic cellular factories into profitable business models, stories of DIY anti-cancer research, Neanderthal cloning, limitless ‘green’ kerosene, and tumor-killing bacteria are told as outcomes of a likely future where humans have full control over biology.

TED 2013: 4D Printed Objects 'Make Themselves'
March 2, 2013 — BBC

Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.

At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble.

It could be used to install objects in hard-to-reach places such as underground water pipes, he suggested.

It might also herald an age of self-assembling furniture, said experts.

If You Thought 3D Printing was Cool, Wait Until You Hear About the 4D Variety
March 1, 2013 — The Blaze

3D-printing has been a hot topic of late due to the advancements it is making in the medical field, the mark some are having it leave in the gun control debate, and the slew of other products people making with it. But there’s a new buzz word coming out of MIT that takes the tech a step further — 4D-printing.

Yogurt Is Probiotic, Why Not Your Steering Wheel?
March 1, 2013 — Forbes

The hotel I’ve been staying at this week at the TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., markets its beds as being hypo-allergenic. As if that were possible. But let’s not fear microbes any longer. It is time to start embracing them. Resistance is futile anyway. They own us. The cells that make up our bodies are outnumbered within and on the surface of our skin by microorganisms by a factor of 10 to 1. There are trillions of them, and together with our own cells they make up what’s called the microbiome.

Marin Futurist Offers Intriguing Concept at TED Conference -- Revival of Extinct Species
February 27, 2013 — Marin Independent Journal

From an environmentalist who wants to revive extinct species to a software company seeking to design molecules, Marin County is well represented at this week's TED Conference, the annual gathering of elites from the technology industry and creative fields.

From TED, the Future of Robots: 4D Printing, Personalization and Adaptation
February 26, 2013 — AllThingsD

What’s next for robots? They’re becoming smarter, more personalized, more adaptive. But at the same time they’re becoming more complex and capable, they’re also becoming more basic. One MIT scientist, for instance, is trying to program physical materials to assemble themselves.

The TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., today presented three very different approaches to robotics: A safe industrial robot called Baxter, a cheap personal robot called Romo, and a research initiative into programmable materials such as self-folding proteins.

MIT's New Self-Assembly Lab Is Building A Paradigm Shift To 4-D Manufacturing
February 26, 2013 — Fast Company

What if your Ikea desk could assemble itself? If Skylar Tibbits has his way, parts will someday put themselves together, better than you ever could.

Brilliant Robot Scraps Can Form Selves Into Anything
February 26, 2013 — Wired

There are 3-D printers that build things up, adding one sliver of plastic at a time, and 3-D mills that tear things down, grinding away one small chunk at a time. But Skylar Tibbits today offered a very provocative alternative: technology for 3-D printing where the chunks start separated and intelligently arrange themselves into basically any object.

MIT’s Skylar Tibbits showing a self-folding strand on stage at the TED conference Tuesday. Click to enlarge. Photo: TED/Flickr Tibbits’ latest technology for so-called “4-D printing,” unveiled during a talk at the TED conference today in Long Beach, California, uses water to activate and power strands of material that fold themselves into desired shapes. It will be developed in part by the new MIT Self Assembly Lab — to be headed by Tibbits and also announced during his talk — and also by Stratasys, a Minnesota- and Israel-based maker of 3-D printers. Tibbits, a faculty member at the MIT Department of Architecture, is also working with Autodesk on software to program 4-D printing systems.

Autodesk Debuts Nanodesign Software at TED Conference
February 26, 2013 — San Rafael Patch

With this week's short jaunt from its headquarters in San Rafael to the TED conference in Long Beach, Autodesk is unveiling its leap into nanodesign, according to the New York Times.

That is, the company founded in Mill Valley in 1982 is “Project Cyborg,” taking "the first public step toward translating its computer design approach, which has since spilled over from Hollywood to the Maker movement, into the emerging nanoscale world of synthetic biology and materials," the Times reported.

For Autodesk, a Step Into a Nanoscale World
February 25, 2013 — The New York Times

Autodesk, a quirky software start-up in Marin County, north of San Francisco, rose to prominence in the early 1980s because of AutoCAD, its computer-aided design program that was intended for use on personal computers. Over the next decade, AutoCAD became the standard design tool for architects and engineers.

This week at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., the company will take the first public step toward translating its computer design approach, which has since spilled over from Hollywood to the Maker movement, into the emerging nanoscale world of synthetic biology and materials.

The first 3D-printed human stem cells
February 19, 2013 — ExtremeTech

It was announced at the end of last year, that Autodesk, the makers of CAD software like AutoCAD, would be partnering with a new startup by the name of Organovo to make 3D organ printing a reality. While it is encouraging to see engineering tools rigorously applied to the life sciences, it should be recognized that printing something that looks like an organ does not mean it will actually be an organ. In the short term at least, the main goal of the startup is to produce some tissues which may be able to serve as a testbed for pharmaceuticals. The new stem cell study, published this week in the journal Biofabrication, looks to create tissues pregnant with real organ-producing power, and may prove to be just what the doctor ordered.

A Tool To Quantify All The Data Streaming From NASA’s Space Station On Earth
February 13, 2013 — Scientific American

NASA’s Sustainability Base is one of the smartest buildings on Earth, but what do you do with the information it--or other smart buildings--generate? Autodesk’s Project Dasher is finding ways to visualize and put to use everything we find out about our own energy use.

Autodesk expands San Francisco offices (again) as 3D printing blossoms
January 25, 2013 — San Francisco, California, USA

Design and engineering software giant Autodesk will expand its San Francisco office footprint as the demand for 3D modeling and printing soars.

The company will open a 27,000-square-foot office space on Pier 9, just off the Embarcadero near the new Exploratorium, that will become home to, among other things, the advanced robotics workshop and labs that research nanotechnologies and synthetic biology.

Click here to read more about this story in the SFGate's, The Tech Chronicles. (By: Caleb Garling)

NASA and Autodesk Collaborate on Sustainable Building Performance Monitoring
January 22, 2013 — Business Wire

Autodesk Inc., (ADSK) and NASA Ames Research Center are collaborating to research and develop new technology that can monitor and optimize the operational life-cycle of high performance buildings. Researchers from Autodesk Research and NASA will implement Autodesk Project Dasher technology at the NASA Ames Sustainability Base, a 50,000 square foot office building and showcase for technologies enhancing efficient resource utilization, including those developed by NASA for its space and aeronautics missions. Autodesk Project Dasher is an experimental Building Information Modeling (BIM) based platform that can provide building owners and operators with insight into full life-cycle real-time building performance.

Design Software For Organ And Tissue Printing Is On Its Way With Autodesk, Organovo Partnership
January 7, 2013 — TechCrunch

Autodesk’s software may be best-known for helping architects design buildings or for prototyping products, but it soon may be applied to designing tissues and organs.

Autodesk and Organovo, a publicly-traded bioprinting company, are partnering on software for designing three-dimensional human tissues. While it’s still a few years too early for these tissues to be applied in treating humans, Organovo-printed tissues are already used in medical research.

A 3-D Printer Will Soon Print You New Organs
January 4, 2013 — Fast Company's CO.Exist

Take a trip to the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco and you’ll see all manner of products that have been helped along with the company’s design software--the electric Pi Cycle bike, a 3D-HD autostereoscopic display, a model of the new Bay Bridge span, and more. One day, that gallery might include human organs.

Coming eventually: Print your own organs
January 4, 2013 — Salon

Chris Anderson left his sweet job as editor in chief of Wired because he believes 3-D printing is going to be “bigger than the Web.”

Autodesk’s Partnership With Organovo Will Lead to Printable Organs — But Not Soon
December 28, 2012 — Wired

Autodesk is developing CAD tools that can design new blood vessels, liver tissue and other replacement parts for the human body in collaboration with 3-D bioprinter company Organovo. After their recent announcement about the project, the principals from each side have gone into detail about their excitement for the partnership.

Autodesk Wants To Build A Better Software For Printing Human Tissue
December 19, 2012 — Fast Company's CO.Design

Bioprinters--or 3-D printing hybrids that can print human tissue--have been around for a few years now. As the technology emerged, a single nagging question stuck out in the mind of this post-architecture school student: what’s the software of choice for a scientist modeling a human organ?

Human Organ 3D Printing Gets a Helping Hand From Autodesk
December 19, 2012 — CNET Australia

In further proof that future generations will likely live forever (don't be bitter, don't be bitter), Autodesk's involvement is a major step in helping to commercialise, refine and mass produce Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter.

Building Body Parts With Software
December 18, 2012 — The New York Times

Good news: Maybe people are not so different from machines after all.

On Tuesday a small company in San Diego called Organovo Holdings, which already makes human tissue on a small scale, announced a partnership with Autodesk to design a bioprinting platform.

The idea is to use some of the Autodesk software now used for the design and manufacture of inanimate objects like light fixtures or kitchen appliances for the construction of living tissue, and, eventually, organs.

Autodesk to Help Create 3D Design Software for Printing Human Tissue
December 18, 2012 — The Verge

Software giant Autodesk is partnering with biomedical startup Organovo to create 3D design tools for printing tissue. The project, announced today, will result in software that works with Organovo's NovoGen MMX bioprinter, currently one of the only commercial systems for printing biological materials. Bioprinting is still in its infancy, but it's possible to create human tissues that can then be used either directly in surgery or to help with drug testing — general-purpose printers have even been used to create blood vessel networks, though actual human implantation is far away.

Autodesk Developing CAD Software to Design, 3-D Print Living Tissue
December 18, 2012 — Wired

Autodesk, the industry leader in CAD software, has announced it is partnering with biological printer manufacturer Organovo to create 3-D design software for designing and printing living tissue.

It’s an area of interest to Autodesk, whose software runs the industrial design and architecture worlds, allowing them to expand further into new fields by helping researchers interface with new tools.

Five Papers Accepted at the CHI 2013!
December 12, 2012 — Paris, France

Autodesk Research's User Interface Research group was provided with an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season early this year when it was informed that five of their paper submissions were accepted at this year's ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The event is considered a premier international conference where scientists, engineers and designers from research and industry gather each year to discuss and share new developments in the field of human-computer interaction.

"CHI 2013 is about changing perspectives: we draw from the constantly changing perspectives of the diverse CHI community and beyond, but we also change perspectives, offering new visions of people interacting with technology."

This year's event will take place in Paris, France, between April 27th and May 2nd, at the Palais de Congr‏es de Paris. The accepted papers include:

Community Enhanced Tutorials: Improving Tutorials with Multiple Demonstrations
Ben Lafreniere, Tovi Grossman & George Fitzmaurice

The Effect of Time-based Cost of Error in Target-directed Pointing Tasks
Nikola Banovic, Tovi Grossman & George Fitzmaurice

Patina: Smart Heatmaps for Visualizing Application Usage
Justin Matejka, Tovi Grossman & George Fitzmaurice

Swifter: Improved Online Video Scrubbing
Justin Matejka, Tovi Grossman & George Fitzmaurice

A Multi-Site Field Study of Crowdsourced Contextual Help: Usage and Perspectives of End-Users and Software Teams
Parmit Chilana, Andrew Ko, Jacob Wobbrock & Tovi Grossman

Autodesk Research's Andrew Hessel on CBC's "Quirks and Quarks"
November 30, 2012

Freelance journalist, Alanna Mitchell, appears on CBC's award-winning radio science program "Quirks and Quarks" to discuss the emerging field of Synthetic Biology and how it may become the first steps in creating organisms that can grow food, reduce pollution and potentially control climate change.

In the interview, Autodesk Research's Andrew Hessel is featured prominently (including the University of Alberta's, Dr. Mike Ellison, and Harvard Medical School's, Dr. George Church) to explain how "DNA is just code, and you can use it to program life". They envision a world where synthetic organisms can be grown into replacement organs, develop viruses that only infect specific cancerous cells, consume carbon dioxide and excrete fuels or plastics.

Click here to download the audio file and/or listen to the episode.

Project Chronicle now available for download!
November 6, 2012

Project Chronicle now available for download via the Autodesk Labs website! Project Chronicle is a free technology preview that allows users to showcase their expertise and share their workflows by allowing users to automatically record a continuous screen capture, as well as the mouse clicks and the typing, as well as the tools and settings being used.

Biosecurity Article by Autodesk Research’s Andrew Hessel
November 2, 2012

In the November 2012 issue of the Atlantic Magazine, Autodesk Research's Andrew Hessel co-writes an article titled, "Hacking the President's DNA" about the exponential technological advances in synthetic biology and the potential national security risks.

Autodesk Research Magic Finger Touches a Nerve with Global Media
October 24, 2012

A collaborative effort to understand the future of user interfaces between Autodesk Research, the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta created Magic Finger, a proof-of-concept thimble-like device that can be worn on the user’s finger and allows touch interactions to be carried out on any physical surface. This project has sparked massive media interest with over 40 stories worldwide including NBC News, Engadget, Gizmodo, and Discovery News.

Autodesk Research Involved with the Carleton Immersive Media Studio Project
September 17, 2012 — Ottawa, ON, Canada

In the article, "A glimpse into the history and a promise for the future", Autodesk researcher (and adjunct research professor at Carleton University), Ramtin Attar, is cited as characterizing his involvement with the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) as a great example of the partnership between academia and industry. Under the Director of CIMS, Stephen Fai, the studio is currently working on a number of projects, evaluating and extending the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the architectural conservation, reuse, restoration, and renovation of existing and historic buildings.

Autodesk Researcher Featured in Same Book as Playboy's Hugh Hefner and Filmmaker John Waters
June 22, 2012 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Autodesk Researcher, Jos Stam, is featured in the book "Photography Changes Everything" which discusses the impact of photography on our culture and our lives. Stam's contribution is based on his article, "Photography Changes What We Think "Reality" Looks Like", where he wonders if photography is the best method to portray reality. The book features over 300 contributor-selected photographs and images alongside 100 articles and short texts commenting on our understanding of the history, practice, and power of photograpy. Contributors include people from various domains, including Robert Adams, Giovanni Fazio, Candice Bergen, John Waters, and Hugh Hefner.

For more information about the book, visit the Aperture Foundation website.

Three Papers Accepted at ACM UIST Symposium on Human-Computer Interfaces
June 19, 2012 — Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The User Interface Research group at Autodesk have 3 of their paper submissions accepted at this year's ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), a premier forum for discussion and innovation in the field of human-computer interfaces. Bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas of interest, including graphical and web interfaces, ubiquitous computing, virtual and augmented reality, as well as novel input and ouput devices, this year's event will be held between October 7th and 10th in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and will appear in the UIST 2012 Conference Proceedings. The accepted papers submitted by the research group, for which the acceptance rate for submissions hovers at around 20%, include:

GamiCAD: A Gamified Tutorial System for First Time AutoCAD Users.
Wei Li, Tovi Grossman & George Fitzmaurice.

Magic Finger: Always-Available Input through Finger Instrumentation.
Xing-Dong Yang, Tovi Grossman, Daniel Wigdor & George Fitzmaurice.

Waken: Bringing Application Tutorial Videos to Life.
Nikola Banovic, Tovi Grossman, Justin Matejka & George Fitzmaurice.

For more information about the research group, visit the Autodesk Research website. To find out more about this year's event, visit the ACM UIST Symposium website or their Facebook page.

Autodesk Research Project on Implanted Devices Featured on "Daily Planet" Television Show
May 16, 2012 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Autodesk Research’s Tovi Grossman was featured in a segment on the May 15, 2012, episode of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet discussing the viability of implanting user interface devices underneath the human skin.

In a recent research paper entitled, “Implanted User Interfaces”, a number of researchers from Autodesk Research (in collaboration with a researcher at the Division of Anatomy at the University of Toronto, and, a Ph.D. student from the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam) evaluated various low-level implanted devices against numerous technical and medical challenges that this technology may experience.

To see the full television interview, visit Daily Planet’s website (the segment begins at 2:55 of the video).
To read more about other research projects by Autodesk Research, check out the Autodesk Research projects page.

Research Group to Present Four Papers at 30th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
May 2, 2012 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Autodesk Research will present four of their submitted papers early next week at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). This year's annual event will take place between May 5th and 10th at the Austin Convention Center, in Austin, Texas, and represent a gathering of the some of top international researchers in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI).

Autodesk's success follows last year's strong results, where six of their submissions were accepted and presented during the 2011 conference. Guided by UI Research group lead, George Fitzmaurice, and principal researcher, Tovi Grossman, three of the four paper submissions were led by research interns.

The four papers submitted this year include:

Delta: A Tool for Representing and Comparing Workflows
Nicholas Kong, Tovi Grossman, Björn Hartmann, George Fitzmaurice & Maneesh Agrawala.

Implanted User Interfaces
Christian Holz, Tovi Grossman, George Fitzmaurice & Anne Agur.

Swift: Reducing the Effects of Latency in Online Video Scrubbing
Justin Matejka, Tovi Grossman & George Fitzmaurice.

Triggering Triggers and Burying Barriers to Customizing Software
Nikola Banovic, Fanny Chevalier, Tovi Grossman & George Fitzmaurice.

Autodesk Research Participates at IMI-CoE 3D-IDM Workshop
March 13, 2012 — Singapore

Jos Stam, a senior research scientist at Autodesk, presented some research in his talk, "Nucleus: A Unified Dynamics Solver for Computer Graphics" last week during the IMI-CoE 3D-IDM Workshop held at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Dr. Stam's talk outlined the main ideas and ingredients of a unified dynamics solver and the challenges faced by current solutions which focus only on specific phenomenon, such as fluid flow, cloth, rigid bodies, and hair. Combined with live demostrations, the presentation included possible applications beyond computer graphics, such as physics-based shape design for architecture and nano-scale assemby of DNA strands. As well his presentation, Dr. Stam was also part of a panel discussion titled: "Is Quality of Life Better with New Media? What Will be Next?"

For more information about the event program, visit the 3D-Interactive Digital Media website.

Autodesk Research receives 2011 NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation with University of Toronto Graphics Laboratory
February 29, 2012 — Ottawa, Canada

On February 27th, Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach of Autodesk Research and Dr. Eugene Fiume of the University of Toronto jointly received an award honoring the twenty-year research collaboration between Autodesk Research and the University of Toronto Graphics Laboratory. At an annual awards ceremony, Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) recognizes the top research accomplishments and researchers in Canada. The Synergy Award for Innovation specifically recognizes exceptional partnerships between Canadian universities and industry researchers.

Gordon Kurtenbach, director of Autodesk’s Research group noted, “This is the Academy Awards for researchers in Canada. The history of our collaboration with University of Toronto is deep and broad. We’ve co-authored hundreds of research papers and jointly developed numerous technologies that are now part of Autodesk products. There’s a long history of graduate students coming from the University and doing great things at Autodesk, in some cases, resulting in Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievement. Exceptional people have moved between our groups. Top researchers in their field, like Tovi Grossman, joined Autodesk from the University of Toronto while Ravin Balakrishnan, an elite human-computer interaction researcher at the University, began his research career with Autodesk Research. Autodesk is thrilled and honored to be recognized in this award.”

For more information about the award, read the NSERC Awards Announcement

For more information about the relationship between Autodesk Research and the University of Toronto Graphics Laboratory, read the History of Collaboration

Autodesk Researcher Invited to Present at C-BIP Brooklyn: Vectored Development Think Tank
February 25, 2012 — Brooklyn, New York, USA

Francesco Iorio, Senior Principal Research Scientist at Autodesk Research, was invited to give a presentation at the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) “Vectored Development” think tank, held ths year at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York on February 24th. Organized by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University, this sixth think tank's objective was to discuss and rethink the future of the building industry. Comprised of four 60-minute sessions followed by panel discussions, Iorio was part of the panel discussing "“The Design of Design software”.

For more information about the event, visit the GSAPP website.

Project Chronicle Demonstrated at AU 2011
December 6, 2011 — Las Vegas, NV, USA

George Fitzmaurice, Thomas White, and Tovi Grossman demonstrated an early preview of the current productization effort of Project Chronicle, at Autodesk University, 2011, in Las Vegas Nevada. Autodesk University is the world's premier Autodesk learning and networking event for designers, engineers, and industry and technology leaders.

Ramtin Attar Invited to Join Panel Discussion at Annual Meeting of the "Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture"
November 12, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA, USA

The ACSA Annual Meeting is a forum for architectural administrators to rethink existing educational models in light of dramatic changes in global, national and regional economies, demographics, regulation, technology and the environment. Ramtin Attar discussed the broad conceptual underpinnings of some existing trends in technological research that bear deep implications for how we evaluate design knowledge and intentions. He also highlighted how “before we can measure innovation as a function of design discipline, we need to find new measures of design learning and thinking so that we can better combine our fragmented views of design as a whole.

Autodesk Researchers show the important role of Design and Simulation for Sustainability
October 6, 2011 — Toronto, ON, Canada

In his article, “Swimming Upstream in Sustainable Design”, Autodesk researcher, Azam Khan, offers his insights on HCI sustainability efforts not only downstream (primarily focusing on consumption), but also the importance of including upstream considerations (primarily focusing on the design and manufacturing phases). Also, in the September/October issue of Architectural Design, Andrew Marsh and Azam Khan promote innovative directions for sustainability in the built environment in “Simulation and the Future of Design Tools for Ecological Research”. Along with the article, Autodesk was selected for the coveted cover image, a work developed together with fellow Autodesk scientist, Duncan Brinsmead.

Two Papers Accepted at Premiere Building Performance Simulation Event
September 9, 2011 — Sydney, Australia

Autodesk Researchers, Rhys Goldstein, Michael Glueck, Alex Tessier and Azam Khan, have their two papers, "Real-Time Compression of Time Series Building Performance Data" and "Space Layout in Occupant Behavior Simulation" accepted at the IBPSA-AIRAH Building Simulation 2011 Conference, held this year in Sydney, Australia. The conference, being held in mid-November, is considered the premiere event in the building performance simulation field.

Francesco Iorio's Collaboration on the Enumeration of Costas Arrays of Order 29 to be Published in "Advances in Mathematics of Communications" Journal
July 22, 2011

Konstantinos Drakakis, Francesco Iorio, Scott Rickard, and John Walsh will have their paper, "Results Of The Enumeration Of Costas Arrays Of Order 29" published in an upcoming issue of the Advances in Mathematics of Communications (AMC) journal, as a direct supplement of their earlier publication on Costas Arrays of order 28 and required a total of 366 CPU years to compute.

Autodesk Research Involved with Bioweathermap Project to Investigate Germ Diversity
July 15, 2011 — San Francisco, CA, USA

In collaboration with the Knight Lab (including George Church and Rob Knight) and the Personal Genome Project (with Jason Bobe), Autodesk Research helps codesign the demo application for the Bioweathermap project, a collaborative science initiative launched last year to collect and track residual microorganisms worldwide from the surface of paper currency using high-speed DNA sequencing. Read more about the project through

Autodesk Research Goes 5/5 at ACM UIST 2011
June 24, 2011 — Santa Barbara, California, USA

The User Interface Research Group had all five of their research paper submissions to the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) accepted for publication. UIST is one of the most prestigious and competitive conferences in the field of human-computer interaction, and will take place in October of 2011, in Santa Barbara, CA. The papers will be presented by Autodesk Researchers Justin Matejka and Wei Li, and Autodesk Research Interns Michael Ekstrand, Jennifer Fernquist, and Michelle Annett.

The accepted papers are:

IP-QAT: In-Product Questions, Answers & Tips
Justin Matejka, Tovi Grossman, George Fitzmaurice

Medusa: A Proximity-Aware Multi-touch Tabletop
Michelle Annett, Tovi Grossman, Daniel Wigdor, George Fitzmaurice

Sketch-Sketch Revolution: An Engaging Tutorial System for Guided Sketching and Application Learning
Jennifer Fernquist, Tovi Grossman, George Fitzmaurice

TwitApp: In-product Micro-Blogging for Design Sharing
Wei Li, Tovi Grossman, Justin Matejka, George Fitzmaurice

Searching for Software Learning Resources using Application Context
Michael Ekstrand, Wei Li, Tovi Grossman, Justin Matejka, George Fitzmaurice

Paper accepted at the MARC Symposium
June 15, 2011 — Ettlingen, Germany

Autodesker researcher, Francesco Iorio, in collaboration with Marco Fais have their paper “Fast Fluid Dynamics on the Single-chip Cloud Computer” accepted at the 3rd Annual Many-core Applications Research Community (MARC) Syposium, an event which promotes research and scientific exchange within the domain of many-core applications research including Intel's SCC experts and MARC researchers. Fais will be presenting the work at the event, which will take place at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (IOSB) in Ettlingen, Germany on July 5-6, 2011.

Rhys Goldstein to Speak at "Symposium on Occupancy & Plug Loads in Building Simulation"
May 18, 2011 — Boston, MA, USA

Among speakers from both academia and industry, Rhys Goldstein, a member of the Environment & Ergonomics Research Group at Autodesk will present his work, "Using Machine Language to Create Customizable Occupant Models", on evening of May 19th at the Symposium on Occupancy & Plug Loads in Building Simulation. The speaker session, hosted by the Boston Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA-USA), will include presentations and an open discussion on the challenges and current best practices in accurately capturing building occupancy and plug load intensities within building energy models.

6 Papers Presented by the User Interface Research Group at ACM CHI 2011
May 12, 2011 — Vancouver, Canada

6 Papers published by the User Interface Research Group were recently presented at the ACM CHI 2011 conference in Vancouver, Canada. This included 4 presentations by past research interns: Xiaojun Bi from University of Toronto, Xing-dong Yang from University of Alberta, and Parmit Chilana from University of Washington, who presented two.

Autodesk Researcher Jos Stam to Present Paper at SIGGRAPH 2011
May 9, 2011 — Vancouver, Canada

Autodesk researchers, Jos Stam and Ryan Schmidt, have their paper "On the Velocity of an Implicit Surface" accepted in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Transactions on Graphics where they "derive an equation for the velocity of an arbitrary time-evolving implicit surface". The paper will also be presented at SIGGRAPH 2011, the International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies, being held between August 7th and 11th at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

Azam Khan Invited as Visiting Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture.
May 3, 2011 — Copenhagen, Denmark

Via the VELUX Visiting Professorship Programme and a 1 million kroner grant from the VILLUM FOUNDATION, Autodesk's Head of the Environment and Ergonomic Research Group, Azam Khan is amongst seven leading international researchers invited for visiting professorship at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (RASA). Established in 1998, the professor programme looks to promote the development of international research networks, and, strengthen Danish research and education by supplementing the research and teaching environment with international experience and industry knowledge.

Azam Khan to Give Talk at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) during Graphical VisionDay
April 28, 2011 — Copenhagen, Denmark

Head of Environment and Ergonomic Research, Azam Khan will give a lecture about Digital Prototyping -- discussing the value of designing, modeling, and simulating "as a method of experiencing design before committing to expensive manufacturing" -- at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) on May 13th during the Graphical VisionDay in Copenhagen. Hosted by DTU Informatics and Mathematical Modelling, the presentation and demonstration series includes the MATLS Conference, Industrial, Graphical and Medical VisionDay; the Graphical portion focusing on universities, organizations and companies with an interest in computer graphics.

Jos Stam and Azam Khan to Speak at DANSIS' Accelerated Fluid Dynamics in Games, Movies and Industry Seminar Series
April 28, 2011 — Copenhagen, Denmark

On May 18th, Autodesk Senior Research Scientist, Jos Stam, will be in Copenhagen to give a talk about "Fluid Dynamics for Film and Games" at the Danish Society for Industrial Fluid Dynamics' (DANSIS) seminar series being held on the campus of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Following his presentation, Head of Environment and Ergonomics Research, Azam Khan, will give his presentation titled "Maya Fluids: From Research to Applications".

Autodesk Researcher to present at the upcoming International Summit on Human Simulation
April 25, 2011 — St. Pete, Florida

Working with Azam Khan, Anne Agur and Karan Singh, Jacobo Bibliowicz will present their paper titled, "High-Performance Surface Reconstruction of Human Bones from Point-Sampled Data", discussing the rationale and results of using laser scanning as part of their digitizing process and reconstruction pipeline, at this year's International Summit on Human Simulation (ISHS), being held this year in St. Pete, Florida on May 26th and 27th.

Ramtin Attar will collaborate with McGill School of Architecture and Arup Engineering as part of a recent SSHRC grant
March 29, 2011 — Toronto, ON, Canada

Led by professor Michael Jemtrud, McGill School of Architecture is awarded $197600 funded over three years by SSHRC (The Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada) to pursue a proposed research entitled, Modeling the Methodologies of Our Time. The goal of this research is to investigate the productive and demonstrative characteristics at play in architectural design methodologies. As the industry partner involved in this grant, Ramtin Attar will collaborate on this research to lend Autodesk’s expertise in applied research and practical insight into the work. This research will be a collaborative effort among McGill School of Architecture, Arup Engineering and Autodesk Research.

Paper accepted at the TechConnect World 2011 Conference
March 9, 2011 — Boston, MA, USA

At the TechConnect World Conference and Expo 2011, Wei Zhao, and Autodesk researcher, Carlos Oguin, have their paper entitled, "From Games and Films to Molecular Simulation and Design" accepted for oral presentation. Host of the BioNanotech, Clean Technology, MicroTech, NanoTech, and TechConnect conferences, the World Conference will be held later this year at the Hynes Convention Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, between June 13th and 16th and will focus on "matching innovative solutions to real world technology challenges".

Ramtin Attar will represent Environment & Ergonomic Group’s research at CanNord 2011
March 1, 2011 — Toronto, ON, Canada

On March 23rd, Autodesk Research's Ramtin Attar will represent Environment & Ergonomic Group’s research at CanNord 2011 in Toronto. The CanNord 2011 conference on Sustainable Solutions for Urban Life will highlight the challenges in creating sustainable urban solutions. This conference is a joint venture between the City of Toronto and Nordic cities.

Jos Stam "humble" about Autodesk's Contribution to the Film Industry
February 25, 2011

Jos Stam, Autodesk senior research scientist, was quoted by's Silicon Valley reporter, E.B. Boyd, as saying, “We create these tools and I’m always amazed by what the artists can do with them. It’s like creating brushes and then seeing a Rembrandt. You can improve the brushes, but it still takes an artist to really create amazing effects.” The inventor of Maya Fluid Effects continues, "Our job is to hide all the math."

This year alone, Autodesk's software was used in each of the movies nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 2011 Academy Awards, including Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), Hereafter, Inception. and Iron Man 2. The full article, "Autodesk: The Secret Star Behind Oscar-Winning Visual Effects", can be found on's website.

Autodesk Software Engineer has paper accepted at SOCG 2011
February 18, 2011 — Paris, France

Autodesk Software Engineer, Benoit Hudson, in collaboration with Umut Acar and Duru Turkoglu, have their paper accepted at the Symposium on Computational Geometry (SOCG 2011), to be held in Paris, France, later this year. Entitled, “Kinetic Mesh Refinement in 2D”, the preliminary paper gives a brief description of mesh refinement, the challenge of kinetic mesh refinement, and offers a kinetic data structure that is compact, responsive and efficient. The full paper will be available in June in the Proceedings of the 27th ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry.

Ramtin Attar Invited Talk at Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) Annual Conference
February 17, 2011 — Montreal, QC, Canada

Ramtin Attar is invited to present a lecture during the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's (SEGD) Annual Conference, being held between June 1st and 4th, 2011. SEGD represents a global community of people who work at the intersection of communication design and the built environment. The theme for SEGD 2011 conference will focus on the important role of diversity and collaboration in design.

Paper to appear in AIEDAM Journal (Special Issue on Representing and Reasoning About 3D Space)
February 8, 2011

Autodesk Research's Environment & Ergonomics group have their paper, entitled "Considering Multiscale Scenes to Elucidate Problems Encumbering 3D Intellection and Navigation", accepted for publication in the Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM) Special Issue on Representing and Reasoning About 3D Space. The special issue will explore the various approaches, challenges and opportunities in representing and navigating 3D spaces.

Paper accepted at ASHRAE 2011 annual conference
February 7, 2011 — Montreal, QC, Canada

The Environment & Ergonomics group at Autodesk Research have their paper titled "Sensor-Enabled Cubicles for Occupant-Centric Capture of Building Performance Data" accepted for publication at ASHAE 2011. ASHRAE’s 2011 conference focuses on alternative technologies, engineering tools and Net-Zero buildings.

Invited talk entitled "The Future of Rendering" given at the "Trends in Visual Computing 2011" Symposium
January 26, 2011 — Vienna, Austria

On January 26, 2011, Jos Stam, Head of Simulation and Graphics Research presented his talk entitled “The Future of Rendering” at the "Trends in Visual Computing 2011" symposium in Vienna, Austria. At the symposium, invited experts offered their opinions on future developments in the area of Visual Computing, including ongoing challenges and opportunities as well as opening channels of discussion regarding the scientific, technical and industrial trends.

Autodesk to sponsor International Bio-Molecular Design Competition
January 25, 2011

Autodesk is proud to sponsor the International Bio-Molecular Design Competition (BIOMOD 2011), a competition for undergraduate students to conceive, construct and analyze their designs at the nanometer scale. With registration starting in the spring and development during the summer, all participating teams will have the opportunity to travel and present their work at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in early November during the competition Jamboree.

Autodesk Research participates in University of Waterloo's "Living Cities: Vision and Method" Lecture Series
January 20, 2011 — Waterloo, ON, Canada

Azam Khan, Head of the Environment and Ergonomics Research group, will give his presentation, "Scale and Scalability", at the University of Waterloo's "Living Cities: Vision and Method" lecture series. He will discuss building visualization platforms and their affect on living and sustainability, as well as dimensions that scale from single buildings to neighborhoods to cities.

Six Papers Accepted to the ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
January 11, 2011 — Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Six papers from the User Interface Research Group have been accepted to the ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, which is the premiere conference for Human-Computer Interaction research. This will give Autodesk Research a strong showing at the conference, which takes place in Vancouver, BC, in May, 2011.

Journal paper accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI)
January 7, 2011

HCI researchers at Autodesk Research and the University of Minnesota have had their paper “Design and Evaluation of a Command Recommendation System for Software Applications” accepted by ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). This work adapts the modern recommender system technology to aid command awareness in complex software applications.

Ramtin Attar's AIA TAP 2010 Talk covered by AECbytes Newsletter
December 6, 2010 — Washington, D.C., USA

Autodesk Research's Ramtin Attar presented, "Extending Building Information Modeling to Real-Time Building Performance Monitoring", in the first plenary at the annual AIA TAP (Technologies, Alliances, and Practices) Conference held in Washington, D.C. on November 12, 2010. Concluded with a panel discussion including Autodesk VP Phil Bernstein on how BIM can be used to facilitate Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Ramtin's presentation discussed how Autodesk Research is working on a project that will integrate detailed BIM models with sensor networks to aggregate data and develop building performance solutions that will help building owners and operators more effectively manage energy usage and waste.

For more details about the presentation and the conference, read the AECbytes Newsletter.

Information about the research project can be found at or the Project Dasher webpage.

Autodesk Helps Students Win Annual iGEM Synthetic Biology Competition
November 26, 2010 — Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

As a partner level sponsor of the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition held in early November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Autodesk provided students with free licenses of Maya to help synthetic biologists design and visualize their designs and creations, including the grand-prize winning team from Slovenia and finalist from the University of Cambridge.

For more information, visit Autodesk's AREA (the Digital Entertainment and Visualization Community), the Autodesk News Room, or the Autodesk Research Nanotechnology website.

Francesco Iorio's Collaboration on the Enumeration of Costas Arrays to be Published in AMC Journal
November 16, 2010

“The Enumeration of Costas arrays of Order 28” by Konstantinos Drakakis, Francesco Iorio and Scott Rickard has been accepted for publication and will appear in the February 2011 issue of the journal “Advances in Mathematics of Communications”. Costas arrays are useful in their application within sonar and radar technology.

Ramtin Attar invited lecture at the University of Toronto
October 13, 2010 — Toronto, ON, Canada

Autodesk researcher Ramtin Attar was invited to give a lecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Ramtin's lecture focused on the role of sustainability as a shared narrative to move away from a domain-specific view of innovation. Ramtin also presented an overview of our current research on BIM-based building performance monitoring as an enabling technology in dealing with complex issues around sustainability and built environment.

Ramtin Attar presentation at New Technologies, Alliances, Practices conference.
September 8, 2010 — Washington, D.C., USA

Ramtin Attar will be presenting at New Technologies, Alliances, Practices Conference organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in collaboration with International Facility Management Association. This presentation is titled Extending Building Information Modeling to Real-Time Building Performance Monitoring and is scheduled for November 2010 at AIA National Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Azam Khan Invited Talk at Columbia University's Post Parametric Lecture Series
August 31, 2010 — New York, New York, USA

Azam Khan Invited Talk on November 8th, 2010, from 6:30PM until 8:00PM in Wood Auditorium (Avery Hall) at Columbia University's Post Parametric Lecture Series co-presented by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) & the Department of Computer Science (2010).

Autodesk Research invited journal paper for the International Journal of Architectural Computing
August 20, 2010

Environment & Ergonomics researchers at Autodesk Research have been invited to submit an extended version of their paper "Physics-based Generative Design" to a special issue of the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC). This paper is titled “Embedded Rationality: A Unified Simulation Framework for Interactive Form-Finding” , and will appear in 2010.

Best Paper Award at SimBuild 2010 Conference
August 13, 2010 — New York, New York, USA

Researchers Rhys Goldstein, Alex Tessier and Azam Khan at Autodesk Research received the Best Paper Award at SimBuild 2010 for their paper “Customizing the Behavior of Interacting Occupants using Personas”. SimBuild is the IBPSA USA biannual conference and was held in New York City. Rhys Goldstein presented the paper on this topical issue in building simulation.

Paper by User Interface Research Group to be published at UIST 2010
June 25, 2010 — New York, New York, USA

Autodesk User Interface Research Group members, Tovi Grossman, Justin Matejka and George Fitzmaurice, will have their paper, "Chronicle: Capture, Exploration, and Playback of Document Workflow Histories", published at this year's premier conference on human-computer interfaces, UIST 2010 held this year in New York City in early October.

The ACM Magazine for Students features article by Gord Kurtenbach
June 21, 2010

Gord Kurtenbach, Autodesk's Director of Research, is featured in the Summer 2010 issue of XRDS: Crossroads, the ACM Magazine for Students with his article, "Pen-Based Computing". In his article, he writes, "Pens may seem old-fashioned, but some researchers think they are the future of interaction."

Autodesk Research among presenters at the Autodesk Technical Summit ACRD 2010
June 9, 2010 — Shanghai, China

Autodesk's Director of Research, Gord Kurtenbach, and team members, George Fitzmaurice (Head of User Interface Research), Francesco Iorio (Head of High Performance Computing Research), and Azam Khan (Head of Environment and Ergonomics Research) presented some of their ideas at the Autodesk Technical Summit ACRD 2010, held on June 9th and 10th in Shanghai, China. The event is seen as an opportunity to celebrate and share ideas, innovations and experiences at Autodesk.

The topics covered:

Graphics Keynote given by Jos Stam at Graphics Interface 2010
June 1, 2010 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

At the 36th Annual Graphics Interface Conference held in Ottawa, Canada, Graphics Keynote and Autodesk research scientist Jos Stam presented his paper "Nucleus: A Framework for a Unified Dynamics Solver". The event is the oldest continuously-scheduled conference in the field and attracts papers on innovations and advances in the study of human-computer interactive systems and graphics from around the world.

Autodesk becomes an iGEM Sponsoring Partner
May 29, 2010

"Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, has joined as an iGEM sponsoring partner. Autodesk will provide iGEM teams with Autodesk Maya® to help animate and simulate in 3D the cell structures used in their projects."

Paper Presented at eSim 2010
May 19, 2010 — eSim 2010, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Autodesk Researchers Ebenezer Hailemariam and Ramtin Attar attended eSim 2010 in Winnipeg, Canada. Ebenezer presented Toward a Unified Representation System of Performance-related Data Describing a New Framework for Visualization of Building Performance Data describing a new framework for visualization of building performance data.

Azam Khan Invited Talk at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories
May 14, 2010 — Berkeley, California

On May 14, Autodesk senior research scientist Azam Khan presented a talk entitled “Challenges in providing analysis tools and managing information in the design and operation of buildings” to the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, CA. This talk discussed how building dashboard systems are becoming more common in an effort to expose and measure the operational efficiency of a building. However, we go beyond current graphical or floor-plan dashboards and examine advanced 3D real-time sensor-network visualizations as part of a building debugging tool to improve building efficiency.

Paper Accepted at SimBuild 2010 Conference
May 7, 2010 — New York, NY, USA

The Autodesk Research paper “Customizing the Behavior of Interacting Occupants using Personas” will be presented at SimBuild 2010, a conference on the simulation of buildings.

Azam Khan Invited Talk at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
May 5, 2010 — Pensacola, Florida

On May 18, Autodesk senior research scientist Azam Khan will present a talk entitled “Simulation for Sustainability” at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, FL. This talk will present, within the realm of building efficiency, an approach to develop an advanced systems-based building simulation framework that will support multi-disciplinary cooperation and collaboration to accelerate progress on minimizing building resource consumption and GHG emissions, while maximizing occupant comfort.

Three Papers Presented to CHI 2010 Conference
April 20, 2010 — Atlanta, GA, USA

Autodesk Research presented three technical research papers at the ACM CHI 2010 - the premiere conference for Human-Computer Interaction. Two of the papers were nominated for Best Paper Award. The three papers include:

  1. ToolClips - An Investigation of Contextual Video Assistance for Functionality Understanding [Best Paper Award Nominee]
  2. MouseLight: Bimanual Interactions on Digital Paper Using a Pen and a spatially-aware Mobile Projector [Best paper Award Nominee]
  3. The Design and Evaluation of Multitouch Marking Menus

Azam Khan Keynote at VRIPHYS 2010
April 5, 2010 — Copenhagen, Denmark

At VRIPHYS 2010: 7th Workshop on Virtual Reality Interaction and Physical Simulation, Azam Khan, Head of the Environment & Ergonomics will be presenting a keynote talk entitled: Designing Emergent Behaviour.

Paper accepted at eSim 2010 conference
March 8, 2010 — Winnipeg, MB, Canada

The Environment & Ergonomics group at Autodesk Research have their paper titled "Toward a unified representation system of performance-related data" accepted for publication at eSim 2010.

Paper to be published on the IBM Journal of Research and Development
January 5, 2010

A paper by Autodesk Research high-performance computing scientist Francesco Iorio et al. entitled "Asymmetric flow control for data transfer in hybrid computing systems" will be published in the January/February 2010 issue of Network-Optimized Computing of the IBM Journal of Research and Development, a very prestigious Computer Science research publication.

Three Papers Accepted to CHI 2010 Conference
December 14, 2009 — Atlanta, GA, USA

Autodesk Research will have three technical research papers presented at the ACM CHI 2010 - the premiere conference for Human-Computer Interaction. The three papers include:

  1. ToolClips - An Investigation of Contextual Video Assistance for Functionality Understanding
  2. MouseLight: Bimanual Interactions on Digital Paper Using a Pen and a spatially-aware Mobile Projector
  3. The Design and Evaluation of Multitouch Marking Menus

Gordon Kurtenbach appointed research chair of Networks of Centres of Excellence
December 11, 2009 — Toronto, ON, Canada

Autodesk's Director of Research, Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach has been appointed as Chair of the research committee overseeing the Graphics, Animation and New meDia "GRAND" Network - a $23.2 million research initiative funded over five years as part of Canada's Centres of Excellence.

The "GRAND" network is part of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program funded by the Canadian government and consists of research projects and researchers from universities and industries across Canada. Led by scientific director Dr. Kellogg Booth from the University of British Columbia, GRAND will offer student learning and research opportunities and will comprise 30 projects clustered around five themes:

  • New Media Challenges and Opportunities;
  • Games and Interactive Simulation;
  • Animation, Graphics and Imaging;
  • Cross-cutting themes of Social, Legal, Economic and Cultural Perspectives; and
  • Enabling Technologies and Methodologies.

The network will involve 50 investigators along with collaborating researchers and industry partners. It is funded with $23.2 million over five years and headquartered at the Centre for Digital Media at Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC), a joint academic collaboration between UBC, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Canada's NCE program brings together Canadian scientists and researchers in the natural, social, health and engineering sciences, as well as others in Canada's academic, corporate, public and non-profit sectors, to focus on issues critical to Canadian industry, society and economy.

The Canadian government is investing $125 million in Networks of Centres of Excellence as well as Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) to help researchers develop their findings into new practical, applied and marketable solutions and will also facilitate and advance the commercialization of technologies, products and services for the benefit of all Canadians.

Ramtin Attar invited lecture at the University of Toronto
November 17, 2009 — Toronto, ON, Canada

Autodesk researcher Ramtin Attar was invited to give a lecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Ramtin's lecture focused on the importance of technical research and discovery in creating a horizon under which a shift in our methods, presumptions and dynamics need to occur before we can address some of the key design challenges in today's world. By providing an outline of Autodesk's key strategic research areas, Ramtin also presented an overview of our current research on simulation as an enabling technology in dealing with complex issues around sustainability and design.

Autodesk Fluid top free app in UK!
October 5, 2009

Autodesk Research scientist Jos Stam created the Autodesk Fluid iPhone / iPod touch App that is currently the #1 Free App in the U.K. iTunes Store!

Francesco Iorio presentation at CECAM Workshop
October 2, 2009 — CECAM Workshop, Lugano, Switzerland

High-performance Computing researcher Francesco Iorio at Autodesk Research presents "Algorithms re-engineering as a fundamental step towards exploitable hybrid computing for engineering simulations" at workshop entitled "Algorithmic Re-Engineering for Modern Non-Conventional Processing Units" in Lausanne, Switzerland co-organized by CECAM - Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire and IBM Research.

3D Drawing paper to be published at Siggraph Asia 2009
September 20, 2009 — Toronto, ON, Canada

Graphics researchers at Autodesk Research and the DGP Lab at the University of Toronto have had their paper Analytic Drawing of 3D Scaffolds accepted at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009. The paper will be presented in Yokohama, Japan in December, and also appear in the ACM journal Transactions on Graphics. This work introduces a new approach to sketch-based 3D design, based on traditional perspective drawing techniques, in particular Analytic Drawing. This approach leads to more robust techniques for constrained inference , allowing artists to draw complex scaffolds of lines and curves from a single view.

Invited Paper
August 20, 2009 — Toronto, ON, Canada

Graphics researchers at Autodesk Research have been invited to submit an extended version of their paper "On Expert Performance in 3D Curve-Drawing Tasks" to a special issue of the journal Computers and Graphics. This issue will include four other papers from SBIM 2009, and will appear in 2010.

Jos Stam Keynote at IEEE CAD/Graphic '09
August 18, 2009 — IEEE CAD/Graphic '09, Yellow Mountain, China

At IEEE CAD/Graphic '09 conference in China, Dr. Jos Stam of Autodesk Research presented his keynote titled "Nucleus: Towards a Unified Dynamics Solver for Computer Graphics".

In this talk Dr. Stam presented some research he has done over the past few years in developing a unified dynamics solver for computer graphics. Currently many solvers are specialized for a given phenomenon such as fluid flow, cloth, rigid bodies, hair, etc. Having these different solvers interact is sometimes problematic. He proposes to model all matter as a linked particle system having the topology of a simplicial complex.

Paper Presented at SBIM 2009
August 2, 2009 — SBIM'09, New Orleans, LA, USA

Autodesk Research Intern Ryan Schmidt presented "On Expert Performance in 3D Curve-Drawing Tasks", at Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling Symposium (SBIM 2009), co-located with SIGGRAPH 2009 in New Orleans, USA.

The paper, with co-authors Azam Khan, Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach from Autodesk Research and Dr. Karan Singh from University of Toronto, explores perceptual issues in sketch-based 3D design interfaces revealing some fundamental insights into how accurately humans can freehand draw, even with training. These insights are important considerations to improve the effectiveness of using free form drawing to create accurate 3d models.

Paper Presented at CAAD Futures 2009
June 24, 2009 — CAAD Futures 2009, Montreal, QC, Canada

Autodesk Research scientists Ramtin Attar and Azam Khan attended CAAD Futures 2009 in Montreal, Canada. Ramtin presented Physic-based Generative Design describing new approaches to form finding based on the concept of a unified physics-based solver.

Papers Accepted UIST and SBIM Conferences
June 9, 2009

The Autodesk Research HCI team have their paper on the Community Commands recommender system accepted for publication at UIST 2009. Also Graphics researchers at Autodesk Research have their study on Expert Performance for 3D Curve Drawing accepted at SBIM 2009.

Journal Article Published on Large Display Research
April 21, 2009

The Autodesk Research group has had their 35 page article on Large-Display research, entitled Toward the Digital Design Studio: Large Display Explorations, published in a Special Issue on Ubiquitous Multi-Display Environments of Human-Computer Interaction, one of the oldest and most prestigious journals of the field.

Presenting Three Papers at CHI'09 with Nomination for Best Paper
April 4, 2009 — SIGCHI 2009, Boston, MA, USA

At ACM SIGCHI 2009, the premiere conference for Human-Computer Interaction, Autodesk Research authors will present three papers given by Tovi Grossman, Justin Matejka, and Hyunyoung Song.

Azam Khan Keynote at SpringSim'09
March 22, 2009 — SIGSIM SpringSim'09, San Diego, CA, USA

At the ACM SIGSIM SpringSim 2009 Conference, Azam Khan of Autodesk Research will present his Keynote Talk entitled: Systems Architecture: Learning from Systems Biology in Architecture and Urban Design.

Gord Kurtenbach Keynote at SaskInteractive Summit09
March 19, 2009 — SaskInteractive Summit09, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

At this years SaskInteractive Summit 2009, Gord Kurtenbach, Director of Autodesk Research, will present the Keynote Talk.

Gord Kurtenbach Keynote at 3DUI
March 14, 2009 — 3DUI 2009, Lafayette, LA, USA

At this years IEEE 3D UI Conference, Gord Kurtenbach, Director of Autodesk Research, will present the Keynote Talk entitled: The Inner Child of 3DUI Research.

Azam Khan Invited Talk at SE'09
March 2, 2009 — SE 2009, Kaiserslautern, Germany

As part of Software Engineering '09 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Autodesk Research's Azam Khan has been invited to present his paper with Justin Matejka on The Role of Visualization in the Naturalization of Remote Software Immigrants.

Presenting Two Papers at i3D'09
February 26, 2009 — i3D 2009, Boston, MA, USA

At the ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games 2009, from February 27 to March 1, 2009 in Boston, MA, Autodesk Research authors Michael Glueck and James McCrae from the University of Toronto will present papers on Multiscale 3D Reference Visualization and Multiscale 3D Navigation.

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