Our research lies at the intersection of computer graphics, computational mechanics, and digital fabrication. It aims to simplify the design of materials, structures, and systems with complex forms and functions. We combine simulations informed by physical experiments with optimization algorithms to automate technically-difficult and tedious design tasks. Coupled with graphical user interfaces, this approach enables intuitive exploration of complex, nonlinear design spaces, thus removing barriers to creativity.
Focus areas include computational design of mechanisms, structured materials, and physical surfaces, as well as visual simulation.
P. Tang, J. Zehnder, S. Coros, B. Thomaszewski. A Harmonic Balance Approach for Designing Compliant Mechanical Systems with Nonlinear Periodic Motions.
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia '20), 2020.
C. Schumacher, S. Marschner, M. Gross, B. Thomaszewski. Mechanical Characterization of Structured Sheet Materials. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH '18), 2018.
J. Zehnder, R. Narain, B. Thomaszewski. An Advection-Reflection Solver for Detail-Preserving Fluid Animation. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 2018.
M. Geilinger, R. Poranne, R. Desai , B. Thomaszewski, S. Coros. Skaterbots: Optimization-based design and motion synthesis for robotic creatures with legs and wheels. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 2018.
J. Zehnder, E. Knoop, M. Bächer, B. Thomaszewski. MetaSilicone: Design and Fabrication of Composite Silicone with Desired Mechanical Properties. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 2017.