Carleton’s Science Café— Can computers generate creative designs for everyday objects?

As part of Carleton University’s Science Café series, Oliver van Kaick, assistant professor at the School of Computer Science will discuss the advances to computer tools for modeling 3D shapes.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1049 Bank Street in Old Ottawa South

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

These computer tools are used for the development of computer games, special effects in movies and even for the design of everyday objects such as chairs, tables and vases. However, in the context of design, much of the modeling work is still done manually by a user or artist, while the computer tool mainly ensures that the designed shapes can be appropriately drawn on the screen and fabricated in the real world.

One interesting question is whether we can go one step further and let computers automatically model designs of everyday objects, especially designs that require a certain level of creative thinking?

This discussion will explore this question and present a few research works that take a step in this direction. The main idea of these works is to provide inspiration to the artists by automatically creating interesting variations of shape designs with computers; the artists can then take the computer-generated designs and refine them into final products.

The Science Café series is organized by the Faculty of Science at Carleton University to discuss relevant issues facing our society and how science can help solve real-world problems. Meet some of our award-winning faculty members and graduate students as they share their excitement about science with the community. For more information, visit:

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