IGM Colloquium: Prof. Kristina Shea, ETH Zürich

© 2018 EPFL / Prof. Kristina Shea

© 2018 EPFL / Prof. Kristina Shea

The recent rise in digital fabrication, including 3D and 4D printing, may be the best thing that has ever happened to the area of computational design.

For years we have been developing new algorithms and methods for automatically generating and optimizing designs considering large, complex solution spaces. Today, designers struggle with just this, to design parts, structures and systems that take full advantage of the complex shapes and material combinations that are now possible through 3D printing. 4D printing extends on this to include the time dimension. This enables 3D printed designs to reconfigure themselves in time and provide locomotion. Highlights of our research on novel methods for automatically generating, simulating, and optimizing structural and robotic systems are presented with potential applications in the manufacturing, robotics and biomedical industries.

Kristina Shea is Full Professor for Engineering Design and Computing in Mechanical and Processing Engineering at ETH Zürich since 2012. Her research focuses on developing cutting-edge computational models, methods and tools that enable the design of more novel and optimized engineered systems and products as well as to automate design and fabrication processes. Currently her research group focuses on new computational design methods for 3D and 4D printing as well as computational design synthesis and optimization methods. Application areas include structures, robotics, biomedical and buildings. She graduated in Mechanical Engineering (BS 1993; MS 1995; PhD 1997) from Carnegie Mellon University (US). She has held academic positions at EPFL, University of Cambridge (UK) and TU München (Germany) and worked as a Senior Engineer at Arup (London, UK). She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).