Speaker: Dr Helmut Pottmann, KAUST and Vienna University of Technology
UCL Contact: Steve Marchant (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 26 Feb 14, 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Gustav Tuck LT
A drinks reception will follow in Wilkins Garden Room
This talk will present an overview of my recent research which evolves around discrete and computational differential geometry with applications in architecture, computational design and manufacturing. From the mathematical perspective, we are working on extensions of classical differential geometry to data and objects which frequently arise in applications, but do not satisfy the classical differentiability assumptions. On the practical side, our work aims at geometric modeling tools which include important aspects of function and fabrication already in the design phase. This interplay of theory and applications will be illustrated at hand of selected recent projects on the computational design of architectural freeform structures under manufacturing and structural constraints. In particular, we will address smooth skins from simple and repetitive elements, self-supporting structures