Have you ever noticed the similarity in shape between question marks and light bulbs? Or that a comic strip character might have a floating question mark in one frame followed by a floating light bulb in the next? Or that asking exploratory questions can lead to a discovery?
Autodesk Research is dedicated to discovery and the innovation that follows to help people imagine, design and create a better world. We are a classic research organization that publishes our work in scientific journals. As part of the Autodesk Office of the CTO, the research team is not tied to any specific product though our Research Transfer team converts our work to software components that can be integrated into Autodesk products and services.
The groups and scientists in Autodesk Research ask important questions like:
Bio/Nano/Programmmable Matter: how do traditional CAD tools apply to synthetic biology? how do you design at the nano scale? what if we could design custom materials for our buildings and products?
Computational Science Research: how can we make software more scaleable? can we optimize algorithms for distribution?
Design and Fabrication: are there new ways to digitally design physical objects? can we make 3D printing more efficient?
Design Research: can we disrupt CAD? how can cloud and mobile technologies help the design process?
Environment and Ergonomics: how can we minimize the impact of the built environment on the natural environment? can we build a fully functioning digital human to help people design better?
Research Transfer: how do we get these learnings into the hands of our customers?
Simulation and Graphics: can we simulate and visualize real world physics? how can this benefit diverse industries from film and games to engineering and design?
User Interface Research: can we make it easier to learn with computers? as computing devices change, how can we adapt our tools? what new tool possibilities do new devices offer?
In future posts, we'll go beyond these questions and start to look at the cool answers and solutions that the Autodesk Research team is developing. Of course, if you have questions, we would love to know about them.
Welcome to the Autodesk Research blog and thanks for reading!