Emily Whiting

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
Boston University

CONTACT
MCS Rm 200A
111 Cummington Mall
Boston University
Boston MA 02215
617-358-8538
whiting@bu.edu
Emily Whiting - Scotland geology

* Update 09.2020: I am on maternity leave for the Fall 2020 semester. *

Research Interests
My research is in the area of computer graphics, with a focus on topics in computational fabrication, mechanics-based design, architectural geometry, and assistive technologies. Advancements in rapid prototyping technology are closing the gap between what we can simulate with computers and what we can build. The effect is rippling through industries from architecture to medicine where it is now possible to manufacture shapes of astounding complexity. Despite innovations in hardware, however, creating customized products that perform a specific function still depends on extensive expert knowledge. In my work I am developing computational tools that consider the full design to manufacturing pipeline, and are guided by the functionality of the objects being created. My research is a cross-pollination of digital geometry processing, engineering mechanics, and rapid prototyping, where the goal is to enable the design of functionally-valid and fabrication-ready real world objects.

Bio
I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, Director and Founder of the BU Shape Lab, and Co-Director of the BU Computer Vision & Graphics Group. I am the recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship (2019), BU Innovation Career Development Professorship (2017), NSF CRII Award (2015), and Marie Curie/ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012). 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. I received my PhD (2012) from MIT where I worked jointly in Computer Graphics and Building Technology, advised by Frédo 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 internships in R&D at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, structural design with Halcrow Yolles engineering firm, and cultural heritage projects at the National Research Council of Canada advised by Sabry El-Hakim.

For more information on publications, classes, recent news, and my team members, please visit the Shape Lab website: shape.bu.edu.


News

07.02.2020
Congratulations to Athina Panotopoulou on defending her PhD thesis: "Stylized 2D Fabrication of Non-Photorealistic Images"
04.12.2020
Our work on Tactile Line Drawings with PhD student Panotopoulou et al. accepted to SIGGRAPH 2020
03.21.2020
TangibleCircuits paper with Davis et al. awarded Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI 2020
02.26.2020
Gave a talk in the Autodesk Technology Center Spotlight Series (video on vimeo)
12.12.2019
Invited speaker at the MIT Media Lab Women's Lunch Series
12.11.2019
Gave a talk at UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences hosted by Vangelis Kalogerakis
12.06.2019
Co-hosted middle school students for Driscoll School Science Solstice at the BU Computer Science department.
08.06.2019
Article in The Brink:"Fabric Gives Form to a New DIY Manufacturing Method" featuring our SIGGRAPH'19 paper: Computational Design of Fabric Formwork
07.25.2019
Guest speaker at AI4ALL: Boston University summer program introducing high school girls to AI.
07.02.2019
Field trip to the New Balance Innovation Studio with the Shape Lab team.
06.21.2019
Attended the UIST Program Committee meeting held at Stanford University.
06.19.2019
Gave a keynote talk at the International Conference on Geometric Modeling and Processing (GMP), as part of the International Geometry Summit held in Vancouver, BC.
06.10.2019
Hosting Professor Antonio Roda of the Sound and Music Computing Group at University of Padova as a visiting scholar at BU.
05.30.2019
Our work on Computational Design of Fabric Formwork accepted to SIGGRAPH 2019
04.14.2019
Gave an invited talk at New England Symposium on Graphics held at MIT
04.06.2019
Gave an invited talk at Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Research Symposium held at Rice University, in the session for Women in Shape Modeling
04.05.2019
Serving on the UIST 2019 Program Committee
03.06.2019
Gave an invited talk at the APS March Meeting in the session on Discrete Structures: Geometry, Mechanics, Graphics, and Computation
02.19.2019
Honored to be awarded the 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
01.15.2019
Serving on the SIGGRAPH 2019 Technical Papers Committee
05.11.2018
Honored to be an Invited Speaker at Graphics Interface, held at York University May 8-11, 2018
05.04.2018
Enjoyed attending a workshop at the Fields Institute on Robust Geometric Algorithms for Computational Fabrication in Toronto.
04.01.2018
Serving as a Technical Programme Chair for the ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication to be held at MIT June 17-19, 2018
01.22.2018
Grateful to be awarded the Hariri Institute Research Incubation Award
01.15.2018
Serving on the SIGGRAPH 2018 Technical Papers Committee

Current Lab Members

PhD
Zezhou Sun
PhD
Benjamin Verdier
PhD
Xingjian Han
Undergrad
Dennis Henneman

Alumni

Postdoc
Xiaoting Zhang (now Senior Modeling Engineer at Roblox)
Postdoc
Christos Mousas (now Assistant Professor at Purdue University)
PhD
Athina Panotopoulou (completed August 2020)
Master
Jamie Nelson
MS
Qiwei Zheng (now at Microsoft)
MS
Lingfeng Wang (now at Uber)
MS
Nook Harquail (now Senior Engineer at Etsy)
MS
Marissa Allen
Undergrad
Tammy Qiu - College Prize: BU College of Arts & Sciences (now at Microsoft)
Undergrad
Anthea Yichen Li - College Prize: BU College of Arts & Sciences, BU UROP Arts Initiative Summer Research Award (now MS student at Stanford)
Undergrad
Liane Makatura - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar, Adobe Research Women-In-Technology Scholar, Fulbright Scholar (now PhD student at MIT)
Undergrad
Lily Xu - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar, Adobe Research Women-In-Technology Honorable Mention (now PhD student at Harvard)
Undergrad
Alex Weinberg - Dartmouth Presidential Scholar

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.


Recorded Talks

Autodesk Technology Center Spotlight Series 2020

"Mechanics-Based Design for Computational Fabrication"
Vimeo

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