Craig Yu | Synthesizing Human-centric Architectural Layouts

Friday, November 22, 2019

Building 7, 429
77 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

Computation Group Lecture Series

November 22
5:00 pm Long Lounge/Room 7-429


Computational Architecture: Synthesizing Human-centric Architectural Layouts via Procedural Modeling

In this talk, I will discuss the recent progress of my team in devising computational design approaches for automatically generating human-centered architectural layouts for real-world design and virtual reality applications. For example, I will talk about the state-of-the-art procedural modeling techniques for generating large-scale architectural layouts that are optimized with respect to human navigation properties; and techniques for automatically generating interior designs for furnishing indoor scenes with furniture objects. In particular, I will discuss how human intentions and affordance considerations can be employed as the key criteria in generating 3D worlds. I will also discuss how human perceptual data tracked from virtual reality can be employed for creating personalized workspace design and virtual training environments.

Lap-Fai (Craig) Yu is an assistant professor at the Computer Science Department at George Mason University, where he leads the Design Computing and Extended Reality (DCXR) group. He works on computer graphics, vision, human-computer interaction, and virtual reality, particularly in AI and data-driven techniques for computational design. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from UCLA in 2013 with an Outstanding Recognition in Research Award. His research has been featured by New Scientist, the UCLA Headlines, and the IEEE Xplore Innovation Spotlight; and has won Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards at 3DV and CHI conferences. His lab is supported by the NSF, Microsoft, Google, Nvidia, and Oracle.

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