Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Human-centric Intelligent Computational Tools for Engineering Design, Analysis, and Education
Levent Burak Kara
Carnegie Mellon University
Abstract: Today’s design environments take advantage of computational technology more than ever before. However, as computers become more capable, they also become more complicated resulting in a constantly increasing demand for human specialization and expertise in using these tools.
In my research, I am exploring ways to make computational technology more effective and accessible in all facets of the design process by inventing interactive design tools that are intelligent, cognitive, and natural to use. A significant portion of my research targets early design stages by developing smart software that can work from unconventional input mechanisms that designers are already comfortable with. Likewise, I am interested in developing design assistants for post-design phases that can perform many of the seemingly mundane but critical design tasks that humans are unwilling to perform, such as generating design documentation. With advances in these directions, we will have the opportunity to make design tools ever more valuable to the designers by enhancing their creativity and productivity.
In this talk, I will present highlights of my research efforts to realize this goal. This talk will illustrate the idea of interactive intelligent interfaces with particular emphasis on sketch-based 2D/3D design, analysis and synthesis of aesthetics in early design phases, and tools for automatic design rationale capture. Finally, based on my past and current work, I will discuss some of my aspirations for the future.
Bio: Levent Burak Kara is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include intelligent design tools, pen computing, geometric modeling, human�computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. Kara has a BS in mechanical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, and an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
More info about his research can be found at: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/lkara/
You may contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 15, 2007, 15:40, FENS L047