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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Cecil Piya
Cecil Piya is a PhD graduate from the school of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Piya received his BSc in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and earned his Doctorate at Purdue, while working as a graduate researcher in the C-Design Lab under Prof. Karthik Ramani. Here, his research explored novel Human-Computer Interactions and Digital Interfaces that leverage spatial gestures, tangible interactions, and pen-and-touch based media to support virtual 3D product design and shape modeling. In the past he also conducted research in areas such as digital shape reconstruction from 3D point clouds, geometric support for additive manufacturing, feature detection in 3D models, object identification in 2D images, and heat transfer.

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Sujin
Sujin Jang

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, machine learning, and computer vision. His current research broadly involves human-computer interactions, visual analytics, and machine learning. In particular, the goal of his research aims (i) to create natural human-computer interaction systems using human body as an interaction modality, and (ii) to establish the fundamental principles when designing such novel interaction systems. [Personal Website]


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Sang Ho Yoon
Sang Ho Yoon
Sang Ho Yoon received my B.S & M.S degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 with major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Robotics. He worked at Research Department in LG Display & LG Electronics for 5 years. There, he involved in product development for consumer electronics as well as the futuristic products including 'Transparent & Public Display', 'Assistive/Rehabilitation Robot', and 'Smart Car User Interface'. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the C Design Lab at Purdue University. He is particularly interested in applying novel sensing techniques to bring the new forms of input metaphor for Human-computer interaction. Areas of interest include wearable/tangible interface, sensing techniques & fabrication, and novel input device. Currently, his research aims at combining the state-of-art machine learning approaches with novel sensing technique to better support natural human-computer interaction. [Personal Website][LinkedIn]

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Chiho Choi
Chiho Choi
Chiho Choi is a Ph.D. candidate 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.
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Ke Huo
Ke Huo
Ke Huo is a Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. Prior to joining the 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. [Personal Website]

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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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Yanke Tan
Yanke Tan
Yanke is a master student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue C Design Lab. He received his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sun Yat-Sen University in China. With great interests in bicycle design, his works focus on designing and developing human bicycle interactive system to improve cycling experience. Currently, he is working on bike gear electronic transmission system that enable both manual shifting and auto shifting. He aims at combining current bicycle technology with electro-mechanical system, mobile & wearable device and machine learning to create new products for future bikers.

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Will Yunbo Zhang
Will Yunbo Zhang
Yunbo Zhang is currently a Postdoc Associate working with Prof. Karthik Ramani in C Design Lab, School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Before he joined Purdue, he worked as Postdoc at The Chinese University of Hong Kong for one year, and at University at Buffalo, SUNY for another year. He got a Ph.D. degree on Mechanical and Automation Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012, a master degree on Digital Design & Manufacturing from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in 2007, and a bachelor design on Electronics & Information Engineering from Shandong University in 2004. His research interests include geometric modeling & processing, additive manufacturing, human centric design & fabrication, design for fabrication, shape from gradient and geometric modeling for fast rendering. He has coauthored publications in IEEE TVCG, IEEE CGA, CAD, IEEE CVPR, ACM UIST and Eurographics. He also served as peer reviewer for CAD, CGForum, IEEE T-ASE, Eurographics and ACM Siggraph. From June 2014 to July 2015, he was a guest editor for special issue on "Technologies for Human Centric Free-form Products" of Computer-Aided Design and Application. He was rewarded with Best Lifestyle Bronze Award from Hong Kong ITC Awards in 2008, and Championship of Vice-Chancellor's Cup of Student Innovation from CUHK in 2009. [Personal website]

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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 team in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and started his PhD program on 2015 fall. His current research interests are in robotics and product design with elements of Augmented Reality (AR) in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

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Adil Can Dai
Adil Can Dai
Adil Can Dai is a Master's degree student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue since Fall 2014. He has completed his Bachelor's degree in Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2014. He joined C Design Lab Tangible Group in Fall 2015 and his research interests are robotics, mechatronics, product development and prototyping. Currently he is working on modular robotics and user interfaces for visual programming.

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Tarun Thomas George
Tarun Thomas George
Tarun Thomas George is a Master’s Thesis candidate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. He obtained his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Vellore institute of technology, Vellore, India, and worked in the automotive industry, specializing in interior trim design, specializing in Computer aided design and structural analysis. He joined the C design lab in the summer 2015, and research interests include, mechanical design, product development, information visualization and the integration of computer support tools to aid and understand design learning in the classroom.

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Jeff Alperovich
Jeff Alperovich
Jeff Alperovich is a Master's student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in December of 2015. Jeff joined the C-Design Lab in the summer of 2015. He began his work by teaching a toy design course under the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue. His research interests include mechanical design, product development, prototyping, 3D printing, and computer aided design. Jeff spends his free time finding ways to tinker with products, on home improvement, and developing aftermarket vehicle products. More information on some of his past projects can be found at https://rooski.co/portfolio/.

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Varna Sharma
Varna Sharma
Varna is a Masters student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. She received her bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, where she also minored in biomedical engineering. Varna is passionate about early STEM education, particularly for women and minorities. She is interested in the intersection between engineering and human development and how children approach the design process. In her free time, Varna can be found eating, hiking, baking, or running her henna-inspired art business.

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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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Pratik Chawla
Pratik Chawla
My name is Pratik Chawla, I am a Master's Student at Purdue University studying Mechanical Engineering. I have also completed my Bachelors in ME at Purdue and I hold a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. My focus is in product design, specifically commercial products that may have high utility. The process of brainstorming innovative products and making them a reality through rough prototypes excites me. I am also fond of bio-inspired robotics and mixing neuroscience/biology with engineering to create additional senses and extending the functionality of the human body.

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Chin-Ning Chen
Chin-Ning Chen
My name is Chin-Ning Chen and I am a new Ph.D. student in the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. I received a B.S and M.S. from National Chiao Tung University, in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Currently, I working as a research assistant in C Design Lab led by Professor Karthik Ramani.

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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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