Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar

Thursday, March 9 at 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Seamans Center, 4030
103 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar - IE:5000 "Teaching Design to Computers" Presented by Stephen Baek, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa Abstract: Computer-Aided Design (CAD) models are the most informative and faithful digital encoding of product designs. They allow storing and manipulating a large variety of information about the design, both in high-level (e.g., functionality, process plan, production cost, turn-around time, and tolerance) and in low-level (e.g., appearance, geometric features, and material). In addition, they are more complete than the other design representations such as 2D drawings, images, text-based knowledge graphs, and etc. Given the paradigm of digital engineering, the humanity has accumulated a ginormous volume and variety of CAD models so far. Furthermore, along with the emergence of affordable 3D technologies, such as online CAD communities/repositories, web/cloud-based CAD tools, click-to-manufacture services, 3D scanners, and 3D printers, the velocity of increase in their volume and variety is even further being accelerated today. Synergistically combined with the trends of data-driven design and concurrent engineering, the enormous amount of CAD models can be exploited to leap up to the next level of design engineering by assisting design decisions from connecting and matchmaking of geometric features in CAD models with design knowledge. For instance, process parameters that are known to be optimal for certain geometric features can be utilized to assist process planning; production cost and turn-around time can be estimated based on the geometric features contained in a CAD model; or a more “sleek” design of car body can be derived from the trend analysis on semantic attributes associated with CAD models. Unfortunately, however, associating the CAD models for datadriven design tasks is, yet, highly challenging. In this graduate seminar, I will talk about the current challenges and research trends in this regard. Bio: Stephen Baek is a researcher interested in applying his computational geometry and machine learning background to advance various multidisciplinary research areas including digital human modeling, human-centered product design, medical image processing, digital dentistry, 3D printing, and interactive media art. He has published a number of articles introducing novel multidisciplinary ideas based on computer-aided design and computational geometry theories, including one in the ‘Most Cited Articles in Computer-Aided Design Journal.’ He received both of his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees with the best thesis honors from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea in 2009 and 2013, respectively. During his studies, he has received ‘National Science and Engineering Scholarship’ and ‘Global Ph.D. Fellowship’ from the Korean Ministry of Education. His postdoctoral research at Seoul National University has also been awarded ‘Presidential Postdoc Fellowship’ from the President of the Republic of Korea. Dr. Baek is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the director of Innovative Design and Art Laboratory (IDEA lab), a faculty researcher in the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) Program at the Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD), and a faculty member of the Public Digital Arts (PDA) Cluster at The University of Iowa. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Tara Hoadley in advance at

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