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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.

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: http://www.bbc.com/specialfeatures/horizonsbusiness/seriesfour/episode-6-3d-printing/?vid=p020rq2n

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.

http://www.ideacityonline.com/video/3d-printed-cancer-medicines-andrew-hessel/

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...

Dreamcatcher


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.

Draco

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: www.bloombergbusinessweekdesign.com (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 au.autodesk.com.

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: https://chronicle.autodesk.com 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 — Inc.com

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 Forbes.com

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 FastCompany.com'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 FastCompany.com'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 http://www.digital210king.org/ 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.

http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2009/12/01/ubc-to-host-new-national-research-networks/
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Government-Of-Canada-1084006.html
http://www.grand-nce.ca/public/

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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