The Perception, Display, and Fabrication Group at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Switzerland is looking for Ph.D. candidates to work at the intersection of computer graphics, fabrication, and perception. The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and will be carried out by two Ph.D. students in a collaboration with external partners at the MIT and the University of Toronto and support of other group members.
Research area and goals: Current multi-material 3D printers can deposit different materials with extremely high precision, creating objects with unseen geometrical details and mechanical properties. These new capabilities make additive manufacturing a key enabler for many applications. At the same time, the fascinating capabilities open up many computational challenges. The goal of this project is to develop new computational fabrication techniques which will drive future 3D printers to control how fabricated objects look and feel. Achieving this goal requires new algorithms for optimizing both the geometry of the objects as well as the distribution of 3D printing materials to produce complex appearance and tactile properties.