Artificial Intelligence aided Design and Manufacturing

Seminar on Computational Design and Manufacturing - Winter 2019/2020

Computational caustics (courtesy of EPFL Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory.)


With manufacturing going digital (e.g. 3D printers), there is an increasing need for computational algorithms. In this seminar, we will explore together the emerging and exciting field of computational fabrication: creating novel manufacturing solutions and products with the help of computational thinking and methods. Your main task in this seminar is to develop a Wikipedia page for a topic related to computational fabrication. We identify together the topics which are not well-represented, or occasionally mis-represented. You will develop a new topic from scratch, or improve an existing one. You will work in a group of two and keep the class informed about your progress.

This year, between November 19th and 22nd we will give a one-day visit to FormNext, the biggest 3D printing industrial show in Europe which will be held in Frankfurt (the travel costs are covered).

Some examples projects in the field include This requires understanding

Time and Location

Fridays 10am-12pm in Room 0.08 of MMCI (E1 7). Kick off session on Friday October 18, 10am-12pm.


The seminar is addressed to students in computer science and other related fields who are interested in computational aspects of fabrication. A basic knowledge in visual computing is recommended, but not required.

Grading Criteria


Please pre-register for this seminar by sending an email to vbabaei at The email should include the following information: