Simon Dünser

I am a PhD student at the Computational Robotics Lab, Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich, under the supervision Prof. Stelian Coros. Previously I've worked as a software engineer at meepl | Fision AG (now Zalando), after earning my master's degree in mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. My research currently revolves around robotic manipuation of deformable objects, robotic fabrication, and other applications of numerical optimization.

Simon Duenser


Deformations of a thin sheet along selected nonlinear modes.

Nonlinear Compliant Modes for Large-deformation Analysis of Flexible Structures

Simon Duenser, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Roi Poranne, Stelian Coros,
ACM Transactions on Graphics (November 2022)
[Paper] [BibTex] [Video]

Abstract face sculpture, robotically carved from clay.

Stylized Robotic Clay Sculpting

Zhao Ma, Simon Duenser, Christian Schumacher, Romana Rust, Moritz Bächer, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Stelian Coros,
Computers & Graphics (August 2021)
[Paper] [BibTex] [Video]

Heart carved out of styrofoam, using a robot-controlled flexible wire.

RoboCut: Hot-wire Cutting with Robot-controlled Flexible Rods

Simon Duenser, Roi Poranne, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Stelian Coros
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2020)
[Paper] [BibTex] [Video]

Robotic manipulation of deformable objects with real-time motion planning.

Interactive Robotic Manipulation of Elastic Objects

Simon Duenser, James M. Bern, Roi Poranne, Stelian Coros
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018)
[Paper] [BibTex] [Video]

Macrodispersion in porous aquifer at MADE site: predicted tracer concentration, Monte Carlo vs PMVP.

Predicting Field-scale Dispersion Under Realistic Conditions with the Polar Markovian Velocity Process Model

Simon Duenser, Daniel W. Meyer,
Advances in Water Resources (June 2016)
[Paper] [BibTex]