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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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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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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Sangpil Kim
Sangpil Kim
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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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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