Our work draws inspiration on how computers can work with shapes to help humans sketch, locate objects, search on local features, manipulate and change, analyze, classify millions of objects, and bring order in a disordered environment. Read an article in discovery science to get a flavor for our research.

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  • 05/21/12
    Origami-inspired design method merges engineering, art
    In this paper we present our initial prototypical explorations as well as the associated transformative design concept called Kaleidogami. This method is used for developing spatial objects that can be flattened, folded and reconfigured. We develop the metaphor and concept for a basic structural unit (BSU) such as using tetrahedral, cuboidal, prismatic, and pyramidal units to enable new forms of 3D folding. The fabrication is done using a single flat sheet of foldable substrate in 2D. We explore the diversity of structural polyhedral sculptures and movable constructs in a hierarchical architecture. More artistic constructions are contextualized with a Kaleido-Tangram like integration.

  • 07/05/08
    Most cited award for Computer-Aided Design Announcement
    PRECISE Shapelab's Paper,"Three-dimensional shape searching: State-of-the-art review and future trends" was awarded for the most cited paper,which is referenced 42 times between the date of publication and December 31, 2007. Papers for this distinction are determined solely on the basis of the highest number of citations received for all journal articles published in the years 2006 to 2008.

  • 02/23/06
    Press Release 06-035 "Doodle Search"
    Working with support from the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, Imaginestics, a company located in West Lafayette, Ind., has created 3D-Seek: a new kind of search engine that lets users find items in an online catalog without ever needing to know the items' names, part numbers or keywords. Thanks to a major advance in practical pattern recognition, all the user needs is a freehand sketch--a doodle.
    The 3D-Seek software rapidly locates objects with only a few quick steps.

  • 05/19/06
    Purdue wins 'Innovation of the Year' at 2006 Techpoint MIRA
    Innovation of the Year Award finalist to Purdue University (School of Mechanical Engineering) and Imaginestics for the launch of the world's first online engineering search engine based on shape (2D and 3d).

  • 03/28/06
    Search Engine Seeks With Sketches
    By Tracy Staedter, Discovery News

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