Team

Current Members

Karthik
Karthik Ramani
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.

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Min Liu
Min Liu
Min Liu is an assistant professor working in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University. Currently, she is also a visiting assistant professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue, working with Prof. Ramani. She received her Ph.D. in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2008. She earned her MS in manufacturing and automation from Tsinghua University in 2001 and a BS in Mechatronics from Central South University of China in 1998. Her current research interests are in geometric processing of 3D shapes for manufacturing applications, pattern recognition and feature analysis in 2D/3D images.

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Yuanzhi Cao
Yuanzhi Cao
Yuanzhi received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, China in 2013. He got his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue School of Engineering, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA in 2015. He joined the C-Design lab and started his PhD program at Purdue University on 2015 fall. His current research interests are in robotics and product design with Augmented Reality (AR) in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

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Sangpil Kim
Sangpil Kim
Sangpil Kim is a Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He is working on the deep learning algorithm and virtual reality. To be more specific, he develops the generative model, video segmentation, and hand pose estimation with a depth sensor. Currently, he is working on combining virtual reality and deep learning algorithm.

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Tianyi Wang
Tianyi Wang
Tianyi Wang is a Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Before joining the C Design Lab, Tianyi received his bachelor's degree from the Department of Precision Instrument in Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2016. Tianyi's current research interests focus on utilizing the technology of robotics, augmented reality as well as deep learning in the area of Human-Computer Interaction.

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Terrell Glenn
Terrell Glenn
Terrell Glenn is a Ph.D student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University as a National GEM Consortium Fellow. Prior to joining the C Design Lab, Terrell received a B.S. in Physics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia (2016). While at Morehouse, he has conducted research in swarm robotics as part of a Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) in accordance with NASA, and worked as a Platform Analysis Intern at Intel Corporation. His current research interests include robotics and robotic systems, product design, and implementing the aforementioned topics into childhood education. More information about Terrell can be found on his website at TerrellGlenn.com.

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Luis Paredes
Luis Paredes
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.

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Ana Villanueva
Ana Villanueva
Ana Villanueva is a first year DPhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in Mechanical Engineering (2016). Her research interests involve the biomechanics behind human-computer interactions, data visualization and data analysis. Other research interests include the biomechanics of the human spine, the mechanical behavior of self-healing polymers and the design of walking aids for elderly patients. In her free time, Ana enjoys traveling with her friends, learning new languages, watching Dr. House and visiting her home country, Peru. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

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Subramanian Chidambaram
Subramanian Chidambaram
Subramanian Chidambaram is a Ph.D student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Prior to joining the C Design lab, he obtained his Master’s from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics also from Purdue and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. His current research interest involves exploring Human-Computer Interactions and Digital interface development for Augmented Reality (AR), embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in AR interface development, Skill transfer through AR, tangible interfaces and geometric modeling. In the past, he has also conducted research on developing tools that guide novices to design analyze and fabricate functional load-bearing structures.

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Fupin Yao
Fupin Yao

I am a researcher in computer vision and machine learning and also excellent software developer for android and websites. My ultimate goal is to make our life easier by artificial intelligence, including machine learning and computer vision.

Now I'm a Second-year Ph.D student at ECE department, Purdue University, since 2017 Spring. Before that, I spent half a year in Nanyang Technological University working as a research assistant. I received B.Eng. in computer science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.


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Xun Qian
Xun Qian
Xun Qian is a Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University since Fall 2018. Before joining the C Design Lab, he received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Science and Technology Beijing. His current research interests include Collaborative Robotics, Augmented Reality and Product Design in Human-Computer-Interaction area.

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Zhengzhe Zhu
Zhengzhe Zhu
Zhengzhe Zhu is a first year PhD student in the school of ECE at Purdue University. His current work focuses on Cloud-based Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Currently, he is working on an online multi-client collaboration platform for the intelligent tutoring system.

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Hyung-gun Chi
Hyung-gun Chi
Hyung-gun Chi is a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Before he joining the C-Design Lab, He received his B.S degree from the school of Mechanical Engineering at Yonsei University, South Korea in 2017. Also, He worked as a developer in the NeilLab which he founded. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, and robotics.

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