Emily Whiting

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Boston University

Rm 295A
111 Cummington Mall
Boston University
Boston MA 02215
Emily Whiting - Scotland geology

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Boston University. 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.


I am grateful to be awarded the Innovation Career Development Professorship at Boston University
I joined the Computer Science Department at Boston University as an Assistant Professor
More press on our CHI paper "Environment-Scale Fabrication": U.S. News & World Report, Daily Mail
Our ACM CHI paper on "Environment-Scale Fabrication" featured on TechCrunch, CNN, Digital Trends, engadget, and KSL News
Undergrad student, Liane Makatura, wins the Fulbright scholarship
Gave a talk at the Tufts Computer Science Colloquium
Our SIGGRAPH Asia paper "Printone" featured on 3Ders, New Atlas, nano werk, and Musical Instrument Professional
Gave a talk at the MIT Computer Graphics Seminar Series
I am serving on the SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 Technical Papers Committee
Invited Expert Panelist at 1st Eurographics Workshop on Graphics for Digital Fabrication in Lisbon, Portugal
Undergrad student, Liane Makatura, wins the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship
Our paper "A 3-D Stability Analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Backyard Photo" featured on Discovery News, Daily Mail, gizmag, and the BBC
On the judging panel at this year's HackDartmouth event
PhD student, Athina Panotopoulou, is interning at Autodesk Research in Toronto this Fall
Our paper "Perceptual Models of Preference in 3D Printing Direction" is accepted to SIGGRAPH Asia 2015
Ladislav Kavan visits VCL
Christos Mousas joins the Visual Computing Lab as postdoctoral researcher
Feature in Dartmouth Now: Creativity, Cathedrals, and Collaboration in Computer Science
Awarded the NSF Research Initiation Initiative Grant
Gave a talk in the MIT Building Technology Lecture Series on "Computational Tools to Stand, Spin & Assemble"
I am serving on the Technical Papers Committee for SIGGRAPH 2015.

Lab Members

Xiaoting Zhang
Athina Panotopoulou


Liane Makatura - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar, Adobe Research Women-In-Technology Scholar (now Fulbright Scholar at EPFL)
Lily Xu - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar, Adobe Research Women-In-Technology Honorable Mention
Alex Weinberg - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar
Lingfeng Wang
Nook Harquail (now Senior Engineer at YieldMo)
Marissa Allen
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.


Spin-It: Optimizing Moment of Inertia for Spinnable Objects
Communications of the ACM, Research Highlights, August 2017 (Vol. 60 No. 8)

Environment-Scale Fabrication: Replicating Outdoor Climbing Experiences
CHI 2017 (Paper)

Printone: Interactive Resonance Simulation for Free-form Print-wind Instrument Design
SIGGRAPH Asia 2016

Assembling and Disassembling Planar Structures with Divisible and Atomic Components
Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR) 2016

Data-Driven Bending Elasticity Design by Shell Thickness
Symposium on Geometry Processing 2016

Buoyancy Optimization for Computational Fabrication
Eurographics 2016

Foldlings: A Tool for Interactive Pop-up Card Design
1st Eurographics Workshop On Graphics For Digital Fabrication 2016

Perceptual Models of Preference in 3D Printing Direction
SIGGRAPH Asia 2015

A 3-D Stability Analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Backyard Photo
Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law 2015

3D Printing Oriented Design: Geometry and Optimization
SIGGRAPH Asia Course 2014

Assembling Self-Supporting Structures
SIGGRAPH Asia 2014

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A Graph-based Approach for Discovery of Stable Deconstruction Sequences
Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014

Spin-It: Optimizing Moment of Inertia for Spinnable Objects

Make-It-Stand: Balancing Shapes for 3D Fabrication

Structural Optimization of 3D Masonry Buildings
SIGGRAPH Asia 2012

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

Procedural Modeling of Structurally-Sound Masonry Buildings
SIGGRAPH Asia 2009

Digital Reconstruction and 4D Presentation through Time
SIGGRAPH 2008 (Talk)

Topology of Urban Environments
CAAD Futures 2007

Constrained Planar Remeshing for Architecture
Graphics Interface 2007

Detailed 3D Modelling of Castles
IJAC June 2007

Constrained Planar Remeshing for Architecture
Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2006 (Poster)

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


TEDxBeaconStreet 2014

"3D Printing - The Physics of Objects"

PBS NOVA: The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

Season 2 Episode 14