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November 2015

Research at Autodesk University 2015

For those attending Autodesk University this year in Las Vegas, Autodesk Research will have a booth in the “Central Park” section of the Exhibit Hall where we’ll be showcasing a number of exciting projects.  

Autodesk University 2015

The projects represented at this year’s conference will include:

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The Bio/Nano Research group will be showing the current status of their research on how to fold DNA to create functional nanostructures as well as how to grow artificial bones.


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Project Dreamcatcher will be exhibiting a number of generatively designed artifacts, such as the Optima Bow made by Pier 9 Artist-in-Residence John Briscella of Aminimal Studio, bicycles and motorcycle swingarms.

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The Design and Fabricaction group will be showing Meshmixer and how it is used to 3D print functional parts and body-fitting prosthetics. 

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Autodesk Within Medical, which allows implant designers to create porous coatings to aid bone and implant fusion (ie. osseointergration), will be displaying a number of their 3D printed medical components and explaining how their technology works. 



AU 2015 Map to Autodesk Researc
When you enter Sands Hall B & C, just walk to the Central Park and Autodesk Research will be on the right!

In addition to the booth, look for the Hive Project near the Exhibit Hall where Autodesk University attendees will build an architectural scale pavilion guided by human/robot interaction.

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A number of team members will be giving talks at AU:


Composite Materials and Manufacturing Processes for Automotive Applications

Tuesday, Dec 1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Location: Zeno 4701, Level 4

Massimiliano Moruzzi discusses composite applications in the automotive marketplace.


Automated Composite Manufacturing

Tuesday, Dec 1, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Location: Marcello 4401a, Level 4

Massimiliano Moruzzi presents an end-to-end solution for the automated composite manufacturing process. This class will cover advanced lay-up design strategies such as fiber placement, tape layering, and robotics lay-up which are utilized when programming automatic material layup equipment. High composite production rates will be covered through automated robotic material nesting and taping.


Cultivating Innovation and Developing Intrapreneurs

Wednesday, Dec 2, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Zeno 4704, Level 4

Cory Mogk will be doing a talk on Cultivating Innovation and Developing Intrapreneurs that uses the tools from the Innovation Workshop. This class will talk about how Autodesk is helping intrapreneurs develop their ideas and we’ll provide tools and guidance that attendees can use on their own or in their organizations. 


Composite Manufacturing Solution for Optimum Material Nesting and Ply Layup

Thursday, Dec 3, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Location: San Polo 3405, Level 3

Massimiliano Moruzzi will lead this two-part class where attendees will utilize Autodesk TruNest Composites to show the complete process from import to nesting to NC part cutting of ply materials. Special focus will be given to optimal nesting for efficient material usage. During the second half, we will utilize Autodesk TruLaser to perform laser projection for showing composite ply lay-up.


Once again, the Design Research team will be conducting user research sessions. This year’s focus will be on collecting feedback for Within and Dreamcatcher.  Look for the OCTO Airstream in the AU registration area.

  Autodesk Research Astronaut

We hope you’ll make some time to come by and meet some of the team. 



Autodesk Toronto is Moving to MaRS

Last week we announced that Autodesk's Toronto office will be moving to the MaRS Discovery District next fall! MaRS is one of the largest innovation hubs in the world with residents engaged in things like Health Care, Cleantech, Social Impact and ICT (Information and Communications Technology). 

Autodesk MaRS Toronto
Autodesk Toronto will have a ground floor presence along with the second and third floors above

This is a great combination of industries as Autodesk Toronto has teams covering all of these areas, including Maya for film and games, Alias for product and automotive design, digital art and fabrication.

From a research perspective, this puts us closer to the local universities as well as hospital research groups. It's also right across the street from the Ontario legislature which sees lots of important visitors from Canada and around the world.

Autodesk's new home at MaRS
MaRS is at the centre of one of the world's largest innovation communities

The Living, creators of the Hy-Fi installation at New York's MoMA and designers on Bjork's immersive Black Lake music project, will be leading the design and have already shared one concept of how the bright, ground floor space may look. It is conceived as part gallery, part makerspace while being flexible enough to host events to engage with the public.

Autodesk MaRS Concept
The ground floor space will highlight work from Autodesk customers and partners while inspiring visitors on how things may be made in the future

A number of government leaders were at the announcement. Toronto Mayor John Tory said:

“I, as Mayor, want the game changers, the disrupters – we want them growing here. Autodesk is a game changer.”

“Our job is to understand and explore future technology trends and to invent new tech,” said Gordon Kurtenbach, senior director of research at Autodesk. “Our new space will give creators in the community access to a collaborative environment, enabling the next generation of makers and doers to push their crafts into new and unexpected directions with our design tools.”

Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS said, “Autodesk’s 3D design leadership is evident in products and services around the world and across a broad range of industries. This capability is at the core of breakthrough innovation and will be incredibly valuable to our community. We know that amazing things will come from this expanded collaboration.”

Autodesk Ontarion Premier Wynne
Earlier this month, Ontario's Premier Wynne recently visited Autodesk San Francisco to get a better idea of what Autodesk brings to MaRS, Canada and the World

This is very exciting news for everyone involved! You can read more about this on Autodesk's In the Fold blog.

Autodesk On MaRS

Cool Things from Autodesk Research at UIST 2015

Autodesk Research will be presenting five papers at the 28th ACM UIST User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in Charlotte, NC, from November 8-11. UIST is the premier forum for innovations in human-computer interfaces. UIST brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas including graphical & web user interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, new input & output devices, fabrication, wearable computing and CSCW.

UIST 2015

This year there has been an explosion in research related to the areas of digital fabrication and fabricating electronics. You may browse the full program and see Autodesk's contributions below.

NanoStylus: Enhancing Input on Ultra-Small Displays


Candid Interaction: Revealing Hidden Mobile and Wearable Computing


MoveableMaker: Facilitating the Design, Generation, and Assembly of Moveable Papercraft


Smart Makerspace: An Immersive Instructional Space for Physical Tasks

Autodesk has contributed more to UIST 2015 than just papers. We're a platinum sponsor, Tovi Grossman has been serving as the Program Committee Co-Chair and Justin Matejka has been serving as the Video Previews Co-Chair.

Here's a preview of the rest of the show.



Reimagine Where We Live with Toronto's Emerging Leaders Network

Autodesk is once again a proud sponsor of CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network ELNstudio on November 7, 2015 at the University of Toronto.


More than 150 rising leaders from the private, public and non-profit sector will come together to generate fresh ideas and innovative solutions to answer one central question:

How might we collaboratively redefine public spaces in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area?

Comprising everything from parks and trails to laneways and sidewalks to collaborative digital space to privately owned community spaces, public spaces are as multifaceted as the region’s inhabitants. 

There’s a unique opportunity for rising leaders to reimagine where we live so that we can work towards creating the public spaces we need for the GTHA of today and tomorrow. Participants will be looking at spaces through five lenses:

  • Connecting Spaces
  • Hybrid Spaces
  • Community Spaces
  • Non-Traditional Public Spaces
  • Technology and Public Spaces

Sign up for ELNstudio now - you will love it!