Welcome to the C Design Lab
Karthik Ramani is the Donald W. Feddersen Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He earned his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1985, an MS from The Ohio State University, in 1987, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, in 1991, all in Mechanical Engineering. He serves on the editorial board of the Elsevier Journal of Computer-Aided Design and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. His research lies at the intersection of mechanical engineering, and information science and technology. His research areas encompass design and manufacturing, new kernels for shape understanding using machine learning, geometric computing and human-computer natural user interaction and interfaces with shapes and sketches. A major area of emphasis in his group are computer support for early design, shape searching, sketch-based design, cyber and design learning, sustainable design, and natural user interfaces for shape modeling. He is also currently serving on the NSF Advisory Committee for the SBIR/STTR program of the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships program. In 2006 and 2007, he won the Most Cited Journal Paper award from Computer-Aided Design and the Research Excellence award in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. In 2009, he won the Outstanding Commercialization award from Purdue University and the ASME Best Paper Award from technical committees twice at the IDETC. In 2012 his labs paper won the all conference best paper award from ASME-CIE. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, over 90 Journal publications; over 70 invited presentations, and granted 10 patents.
Ayan is a PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, since Fall 2011. He completed his undergraduate studies (B.Tech) from I.I.T., Kharagpur (Spring 2009) and subsequently received his masters (M.S.) from Georgia Tech (Spring 2011), all in mechanical engineering. His current work focuses on using random walks and spectral graph theory for understanding the multiscale structure and evolution of graphs over time. The applications include 3D shape analysis, retrieval, correspondence for geometric graphs (or manifolds) and clustering, evaluation, hierarchical community structure finding for social network graphs.
William Z Bernstein
Dr. William Z. Bernstein is a Mechanical Engineer in the Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) Group of the Systems Integration Division of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Bernstein's research at NIST primarily contributes to two programs: (1) Performance Assurance for Smart Manufacturing Systems and (2) Enabling the Digital Thread for Smart Manufacturing. Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Bernstein was a member of the C-Design Lab at Purdue University. His research at Purdue was focused on establishing frameworks and methods to enable environmentally conscious product redesign activities. Central to this work was the idea of infusing principles from the fields of Information Visualization and Visual Analytics into sustainable design. Dr. Bernstein's current research interests include Sustainable Design, Data-driven Manufacutring, Product Lifecycle Management, Visual Analytics, and Information Visualization.
Cecil Piya is a PhD student in the school of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Mr. Piya received his Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is currently working as a graduate research assistant in C-Design Lab. His research entails development of novel Human-Computer Interactions that leverage spatial gestures and tangible 3D interfaces to support virtual shape modeling applications. In the past he has also conducted research in areas such as digital shape reconstruction, geometric reverse engineering for additive manufacturing, feature detection in virtual mechanical parts, and object identification in 2D images.
Dev is now a Postdoctoral Associate in the Global Engineering and Research Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. His research work in the C Design Lab focused on data representation and visualization models for supporting environmentally conscious product design. He has co-authored publications in the Journal of Mechanical Design, Journal of Computing and Information Science, Computer-Aided Design, Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering International Design Engineering Technical Conferences. He has received the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Design for Manufacturing and the Lifecycle Scholar Development Award in 2014, and the Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015. [Linked In Profile] [Personal Web Page]
Joran is a D-PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. He received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the Brigham Young University. His research focuses on how students abstract and solve complex problems in early design phases, with a special emphasis on functional decomposition and sketching/visualization. Other research interests include prototyping, engineering history, education, family science, and history. Joran spends his free time volunteering, playing board games, hiking, playing music, or spending time outdoors. His past projects include starting the Purdue Maker's club, various sketching workshops, and simple robots. He recently finished an internship at IMMI, a top automotive safety products company. Joran is a member of ASME and the Order of the Engineer. You can find more information at http://joranbooth.wordpress.
Senthil Chandrasegaran is a postdoctoral scholar in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His work focuses on the integration of computer support tools to aid collaborative sketching in early design. Senthil received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue, where his work at the C Design Lab focused on understanding collaboration in the conceptual stages of design, by developing visual analytics-based techniques to make sense of multimodal design protocol data. In a past life before graduate school, he also worked in the automotive industry, specializing in interior trim design, and then in the heavy engineering industry, specializing in structural analysis and knowledge-based engineering. His research interests include design pedagogy, information visualization, and specifically the integration of computer support tools to aid and understand design learning in the classroom.
Vinayak received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in December 2015. The central theme of his research is the expression of design intent towards supporting early phase idea generation for product form exploration. During his Ph.D. at the C-Design Lab, he investigated symbolic and geometric interpretations of hand gestures, hand grasp, and arm movements for mid-air shape conceptualization. He extended these ideas to the tangible interactions for quick design ideation using hand-held mobile devices. Currently, he is a post-doctoral scholar in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University where he continues working at the C-Design Lab. His current research involves building systems for collaborative design using mobile technology. Personal Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/fvinayak1/
Wei Gao is currently a D-PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. Mr. Gao received his bachelor degree (2009) in Mechanical engineering from the University of Shanghai for Science & Technology. His graduate research focuses on design, simulation and optimization of foldable, reconfigurable and self-assembly mechanisms/robotic systems, and developing novel 3D printing technique based on FDM and building self-contained appliances that allow printing fully-functional objects (customizable products, articulated working models, self-actuated devices).
William Benjamin is a PhD Student at Cdesign Lab. His research interests include Human Computer Interaction, Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Apart form being a researcher, William is an avid photographer and artist. His goals that drive him are: -To work with an energetic team to create something phenomenal! -To practice engineering as an art. -To bring engineering into art. -To make Computer Vision interactive and relevant to real world. -To work among the best, most creative, and talented people in the world.
Sujin Jang is a PhD candidate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He received B.S. in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering from Kookmin University, South Korea (2010) and completed M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida (2012). He is currently working at the C Design Lab as a research assistant under advisory of Dr. Ramani. He has research experience in vision-based estimation and its robotic applications, computer vision and machine learning. Currently, his research interests include visual analytics; interactive data mining and machine learning; and spatial user interactions. [Personal Website]
Ansh Verma is a Master's Student in School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University since Fall 2013. He completed his undergraduate (B.Tech Mechanical) degree from SRM University, India. During his undergraduate studies he was the design engineer for his university's FSAE Team. He subsequently spent his 7th Semester (Fall 2011) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA in the school of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. He completed his final year thesis work from MIT Media Labs, working with "Opera Of the Future" group. In 2012, he worked part-time with a national level news channel in India - NDTV, as a journalist providing assistance in making documentaries and in parallel cleared his Indian Air-force selection examination (SSB). His present research at C-Desgin Labs, focuses on Human Computer Interaction techniques like tangible media, input devices, micro-controller based intelligent systems, flexible circuits and wearable computing.
Anirudh is a Master's student in Mechanical Engineering at the C Design Lab since Fall 2013. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from VIT University in India in June 2013. His research work is based on analyzing the pedagogy used to teach Mechanical Engineering design to students in Undergraduate level Engineering courses. He is working on a computer based learning tool that enables students to easily perform Finite Element Analysis (FEA). His other research interests include Product Design and Design Optimization.
Chiho Choi is a Ph.D. student in the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Mr. Choi received a B.S. from Hanyang University, Korea in 2011, and a M.S. from University of Southern California, in 2013. His research interest lies at the intersection of machine learning and computer vision. He broadly builds machine learning algorithms in a practical way for computer vision systems. Currently, Choi is working as a research assistant in the Computational Design and Innovation Lab led by Professor Karthik Ramani, focusing on human shape interaction.
Jasjeet Singh Seehra is a Master's Student in School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University. Â He completed his undergraduate (B.Tech Mechanical) degree from BITS Pilani, India. Â During his undergraduate he was the design team leader for the Mechanical Engineering Association of his university. He subsequently worked in Orbital Systems as a Design Engineer where he designed custom assembly automation machines. His present research at C-Desgin Labs focuses on smart product design, tangible & wearable interface application for human computer interaction and micro-controller based intelligent systems.
Sang Ho Yoon
Sang Ho graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with B.S degree in 2008 with major in mechanical engineering and minor in robotics. In the same year, he graduated from the same school with M.S degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation, he worked at LG display & LG Electronics. There, he worked as a research engineer to carry out several projects like 'Transparent & Public Display' and 'Assistive & Rehabilitation Robot'. Currently, he is a second-year Ph.D student under Prof.Ramani as a research assistant. Current study focuses on tangible & wearable interface application and sensor development for natural human computer interaction.
Ke Huo is a Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. Prior to joining the tangible group at C Design Lab, he obtained his Bachelor's degree from Beihang University and subsequently Master's from University of Florida both in Aerospace engineering, worked on projects involving dynamics and control of electro-mechanical system. His current research interests include augmented reality, tangible interfaces, 3D shape sensing, interactive creation, etc. Generally, he is fascinated by the intersection point where our physical world can be leveraged by digital intelligence.
Vinh Nguyen is a Master's Student in School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University since Fall 2012. Â He completed his undergraduate (Electrical, Electronics and Information Engineering) degree from Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan. Â In 2011, after graduating, he worked in semiconductor industry for a year, as a Field Service Engineer in his home country, Vietnam. His present research at C-Desgin Labs, focuses on Human Computer Interaction techniques like tangible media, input devices, micro-controller based intelligent systems, flexible circuits and wearable computing.
Luis is a Master student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, since spring 2015. He completed his undergraduate studies in Electric and Control Engineering at Escuela Politecnica Nacional from Ecuador. He also made an internship at Computer Science, Purdue University (2013). He joined the C Design Lab this summer 2015, and his research interests focus in mechanical design, product development, tangible and wearable devices, prototyping, robotic systems, 3D printing, customizable products, computer aided design, control of electromechanical systems, and mixing art with engineering.