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01.02.2018smaCall for papers: Advances in Generative Design (A special issue in Computer-Aided Design)


Special issue of Computer-Aided Design
Advances in Generative Design

Guest editors:

Jun Wu,  Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
Xiaoping Qian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Michael Yu Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Recent advances in manufacturing and material science enable the fabrication of complex digital geometric models that are difficult or impossible to produce by using conventional manufacturing technologies. The unprecedented manufacturing flexibility offers opportunities and challenges for computer-aided design of such digital models. Even for the most experienced designers, their intuition might be limited when manually exploring such unprecedented large design space. To empower designers, computer algorithms are being developed to generate desired designs under given design objectives and constraints. Such an algorithm-driven design process is now known as generative design. Example approaches range from shape and topology optimization to shape grammar based design, and to machine learning based designs, among others. The flexibilities in generative design and additive manufacturing are increasingly being combined to produce disruptive high-performance functional structures and digital materials with applications in aerospace, automotive, medical implants, soft robots, customized consumer products, and beyond. This vibrant research area is receiving growing attention in multiple disciplines, such as geometric modelling, graphics, numerical optimization, and computational mechanics.

The goal of this special issue is to bring together researchers from relevant fields into a common forum, to share cutting-edge research on generative design, and to push forward new design methods for advanced manufacturing. The joint efforts will accelerate the transition of generative design from the stage of conceptual design to final design, and the movement of additive manufacturing from prototyping to industrial production. The main topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • – Shape and topology optimization
  • – Design through machine learning
  • – Big-data driven designs
  • – Genetic algorithms based design
  • – Design through shape grammars
  • – Generative design of digital material
  • – Generative design of lattice and cellular structures
  • – Generative design under manufacturability constraints
  • – Generative design considering multi-physics
  • – Shape modelling and analysis for generative design
  • – Innovative applications of generative design

Important dates: 
Manuscript submission deadline: May 15th, 2018
First round notification: August 15th, 2018
Final revisions due: October 1st, 2018
Final paper acceptance decision: November 1st, 2018
Online publication date: December 31st, 2018

Submission instructions:

All prospective authors are encouraged to obtain an early feedback on possible submissions by e-mailing an abstract to the Guest Editors. All papers will be rigorously refereed by peer reviewers of the Journal. Submission of a manuscript to this issue of CAD implies that no similar paper is already accepted, or will be submitted to any other conference or journal. For information about preparation of their manuscripts, authors should consult the “Instructions for Authors“, which are available online (link: and printed at the back of most issues of Computer-Aided Design. Papers of an appropriate standard not included in the special issue may be considered for publication in a regular issue of Computer-Aided Design.

Submissions should be sent online through Evise (link: Authors should select the acronym ” VSI: Generative Design” as the article type, from the “Choose Article Type” pull-down menu during the submission process.


21.11.2017smaPost-Doctoral Opportunity at University of Wisconsin – Madison

Post-Doctoral Opportunity
Computational Design & Manufacturing
Spatial Automation Laboratory
University of Wisconsin – Madison


A post-doctoral position is available in the general area of computational design and manufacturing. Research topics span mathematical and computational modeling of shape (geometric, topological, and material properties), additive manufacturing, systems modeling, and cyber-manufacturing. Start date: between January 1, 2018 and March 1, 2018.

Required qualifications include:
— PhD degree in engineering, mathematics, or computer science
— Record of research accomplishments in one of the above technical areas
— Superior communication skills
For additional information or to apply, please email your CV, 1-page summary of research accomplishments and research interests, and 3 references to

Vadim Shapiro


22.06.2017smaSPM2017: Replicability Stamp

At SPM2017, the following two papers receive Replicability Stamp.

Title: Improved Shape for Refinable Surfaces with Singularly Parameterized Irregularities
Authors: Kestutis Karciauskas and Jörg E. Peters

Title: Disjoint Convex Shell and its Applications in Mesh Unfolding
Authors: Yun-Hyeong Kim, Zhonghua Xi, and Jyh-Ming Lien


Replicability Stamp was introduced since SPM2016, as an additional recognition for authors who are willing to go one step further, and in addition to publishing the paper, provide a complete open-source implementation. Two SPM papers have previously received this recognition in 2016.

Title: Modeling and Analysis of Origami Structures with Smooth Folds
Authors: Edwin A. Peraza Hernandez, Darren J. Hartl, Ergun Akleman, Dimitris C. Lagoudas

Title: A Closed-Form Formulation of HRBF-Based Surface Reconstruction by Approximate Solution
Authors: Shengjun Liu, Charlie C.L. Wang, Guido Brunnett, Jun Wang


13.06.2017smaSPM 2018 in Spain

SPM 2018 will take place June 11 – 13, 2018 in Bilbao, Spain and will be co-chaired by Michael Barton, Gershon Elber, and Helmut Pottman.


15.12.2016smaCall for nominations for the Pierre Bézier award 2017

We invite nominations for the Bézier award of individuals or groups who have made major contributions to the field of Solid Modeling or to the broader field of CAD/CAM.



15.12.2016smaThe SPM 2017 Conference

The Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling (SPM-2017) will be co-located with Shape Modeling International (SMI-2017) Symposium as part of the International Convention on Shape, Solid, Structure, & Physical Modeling (S3PM-2017) in Berkeley, California.



02.06.2015smaThe 2015 Bezier Award - Candidates

The 2015 Bezier Award Committee is considering 16 candidates, 10 of which are new nominations received in 2015.

The Award will be announced at the joint SPM / SIAM conference in October 2015.


19.04.2015smaFaculty position in RWTH, Germany

A new tenured track faculty position in Visual Computing in RWTH, Germany. See Visual_Computing_at_RWTH


01.04.2015smaNew Website of SMA

As of April 2015, SMA has this new web site. You are all invited to freely register and become SMA members!


01.04.2015smaThe SPM 2016 Conference

SPM 2016 is planned for Berlin,  Germany, in late June 2016, bringing together SPM, SMI and SGP for the first time ever.  The intended web site is


20.02.2015smaThe Next SPM 2015 Conference

The next 2015 SIAM/GD – SPM Conference on Geometric & Physical Modeling will be held in October 12-14, 2015, Salt Lake City, Utah


10.02.2015smaThe Chair of SMA is Jarek Rossignac

As of January 2015, the chair of SMA is Jarek Rossignac. Congratulation Jarek and good luck!

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