Emily Whiting

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Boston University

CONTACT
Rm 295A
111 Cummington Mall
Boston University
Boston MA 02215
whiting@bu.edu
Emily Whiting - Scotland geology

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Boston University and Director of the Shape Lab. My research is in the area of Computer Graphics, with a focus on topics in architectural geometry, computer-aided design, and 3D fabrication.

Before joining BU I was an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College where I co-founded the Visual Computing Lab. From 2011-2014 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich in the Interactive Geometry Lab with Olga Sorkine-Hornung, where I was supported by a Marie Curie/ETHZ Fellowship. I received my PhD (2012) from MIT, where I worked jointly in Computer Graphics and Building Technology studying structural optimization of 3D masonry buildings. My advisors were Fr├ędo Durand and John Ochsendorf. I obtained my MSc (2006) in Computational Design from the MIT Department of Architecture, and BASc (2004) in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. My history also includes stints in R&D at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, structural design with Halcrow Yolles engineering firm, and cultural heritage projects of Italian architecture with Sabry El-Hakim at the National Research Council of Canada.

Outside of the office I enjoy hiking, climbing, and playing the flute.


News

12.08.2017
Gave a talk at the WPI Computer Science Colloquium
11.03.2017
Our UIST'17 paper on thermal-comfort casts featured on 3dprint.com and 3ders.org
10.27.2017
Gave a talk at the McGill Computer Science Colloquium
10.23.2017
Presented our work on Thermal-Comfort Design of Personalized Casts at UIST 2017 in Quebec City
10.20.2017
Gave a talk at the Tufts ECE Seminar
10.16.2017
I am serving on the International Programm Committee for Eurographics, to be held in Delft, April 16-20 2018
09.12.2017
I am grateful to be awarded the Innovation Career Development Professorship at Boston University
07.01.2017
I joined the Computer Science Department at Boston University as an Assistant Professor
06.05.2017
More press on our CHI paper "Environment-Scale Fabrication": U.S. News & World Report, Daily Mail
05.15.2017
Our ACM CHI paper on "Environment-Scale Fabrication" featured on TechCrunch, CNN, Digital Trends, engadget, and KSL News
04.25.2017
Undergrad student, Liane Makatura, wins the Fulbright scholarship
04.20.2017
Gave a talk at the Tufts Computer Science Colloquium
12.07.2016
Our SIGGRAPH Asia paper "Printone" featured on 3Ders, New Atlas, nano werk, and Musical Instrument Professional
09.28.2016
Gave a talk at the MIT Computer Graphics Seminar Series
05.19.2016
I am serving on the SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 Technical Papers Committee
05.08.2016
Invited Expert Panelist at 1st Eurographics Workshop on Graphics for Digital Fabrication in Lisbon, Portugal
05.03.2016
Undergrad student, Liane Makatura, wins the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship

Lab Members

Postdoc
Xiaoting Zhang
PhD
Athina Panotopoulou

Alums

Undergrad
Liane Makatura - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar, Adobe Research Women-In-Technology Scholar (now Fulbright Scholar at EPFL)
Undergrad
Lily Xu - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar, Adobe Research Women-In-Technology Honorable Mention
Undergrad
Alex Weinberg - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar
MS
Lingfeng Wang
MS
Nook Harquail (now Senior Engineer at YieldMo)
MS
Marissa Allen
Postdoc
Christos Mousas (now Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University)

I am actively recruiting motivated individuals for the Master and PhD programs. If you are interested in research in Computer Graphics, especially in the areas of fabrication and architectural geometry you are encouraged to apply. This year's graduate program deadline is December 15. A summary of application requirements is provided on the BU CS website.


Talks


TEDxBeaconStreet 2014

"3D Printing - The Physics of Objects"
Youtube

PBS NOVA: The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

Season 2 Episode 14
PBS


Theses


Design Of Structurally-Sound Masonry Buildings Using 3D Static Analysis
PhD Thesis, MIT 2011

Geometric, Topological & Semantic Analysis of Multi-building Floor Plan Data
MS Thesis, MIT Department of Architecture 2006