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E-mail: edchien@bu.edu

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Boston University
Department of Computer Science
111 Cummington Mall, Rm 119
Boston, MA 02215-2411

Overview

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science here at Boston University.

Research interests: geometry processing, hex meshing, optimal transport, harmonic and bounded distortion mappings

I obtained my Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2015 from Rutgers University under Prof. Feng Luo, studying low-dimensional topology and geometry. More specifically, my thesis constructed square tilings of surfaces arising from discrete harmonic differential 1-forms.

Afterwards, I transitioned to applied work, working as a postdoc with Prof. Ofir Weber at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. While there, I focused on harmonic and bounded distortion methods for mapping, parametrization, and interpolation.

For my second postdoc, I returned to the States for three years in the Geometric Data Processing Group at MIT, led by Prof. Justin Solomon. There I began research in hex meshing and applied optimal transport. My work continues in these directions today. I have thoroughly enjoyed combining my theoretical training with complex engineering problems.

Hiring: I am looking to hire talented undergrads and masters students into BU's doctoral program. A strong background in at least one of the following areas is preferred: graphics, differential geometry, machine learning, and optimization. Coding experience is highly valued as well. The work will be on problems in meshing, applied optimal transport, and geometry processing broadly writ. If you have a doctoral degree already, I am also open to hiring postdocs also, so please do not hesitate to reach out.