Mark Pauly is a full professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he directs the Geometric Computing Laboratory (GCM). His research aims at empowering creators. Together with his team, he develops efficient simulation and optimization algorithms to build computational design methodologies for advanced material systems and digital fabrication technologies. Mathematical reasoning, geometric abstractions, and powerful numerical methods are key ingredients in his work. He pursues a holistic approach in that he designs and fabricates functional physical prototypes, collaborates with artists and designers, and engages in industry collaborations to validate and inspire his research. He is the co-founder of Faceshift AG and Rayform SA.
Geometry plays a key role in the design of morphing matter. In this talk, I will present a series of deployable material systems developed at the EPFL Geometric Computing Laboratory that enable new geometric typologies for freeform design. I will argue that the full potential of such systems can only be realized through advanced computation in combination with suitable geometric abstractions. Several design studies will highlight how the interplay of geometry, computation, and digital fabrication technologies facilitates the discovery of novel material systems with superior functional performance. Such systems offer new opportunities for design in a wide variety of potential application fields such as industrial and consumer products, medicine, robotics, or architecture.