Emily Whiting

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College

153 Sudikoff
Dartmouth College
9 Maynard St.
Hanover, NH 03755 (map)

Parisian cafe

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College and co-founder of the Visual Computing Lab. My research is in the area of Computer Graphics, with a focus on topics in architectural geometry, computer-aided design, and 3D fabrication.

From 2011-2014 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich in the Interactive Geometry Lab with Olga Sorkine-Hornung, where I was supported by a Marie Curie/ETHZ Fellowship. I received my PhD (2012) from MIT, where I worked jointly in Computer Graphics and Building Technology studying structural optimization of 3D masonry buildings. My advisors were Fr├ędo Durand and John Ochsendorf. I obtained my MSc (2006) in Computational Design from the MIT Department of Architecture, and BASc (2004) in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. My history also includes stints in R&D at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, structural design with Halcrow Yolles engineering firm, and cultural heritage projects of Italian architecture with Sabry El-Hakim at the National Research Council of Canada.

Outside of the office I enjoy hiking, climbing, and playing the flute.

Lab Members

Current: Tina (Xiaoting) Zhang (Postdoc), Athina Panotopoulou (PhD), Liane Makatura (Undergrad)
Alums: Lingfeng Wang (MS), Nook Harquail (MS Digital Arts), Marissa Allen (MS Digital Arts), Christos Mousas (Postdoc)

Positions are available in the new Visual Computing Lab at Dartmouth. I am actively recruiting motivated individuals for the Master and PhD programs. If you are interested in research in Computer Graphics, especially in the areas of fabrication and architectural geometry you are encouraged to apply.

MS Digital Arts: Application instructions on the Department page.
PhD: Application instructions on the Department page.
Postdoc: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Fellowship opportunities are available. See the Society of Fellows (October 15) and Neukom Fellows (November 15) websites for details. Contact me about mentorship possibilities.


COSC 77/177 Computer Graphics (Fall 2015)

COSC 98 Senior Design & Implementation Project (Fall/Winter 2015/16)

COSC 89/189 Topics in Applied Computer Science: Computational Fabrication (Fall 2016)


I am serving on the SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 Technical Papers Committee.
Undergrad VCL student, Liane Makatura, wins the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship.
Our paper "A 3-D Stability Analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Backyard Photo" featured on Discovery News, Daily Mail, gizmag, and the BBC
On the judging panel at this year's HackDartmouth event
PhD student, Athina Panotopoulou, is interning at Autodesk Research in Toronto this Fall
Our paper "Perceptual Models of Preference in 3D Printing Direction" is accepted to SIGGRAPH Asia 2015
Ladislav Kavan visits VCL
Christos Mousas joins the Visual Computing Lab as postdoctoral researcher
Feature in Dartmouth Now: Creativity, Cathedrals, and Collaboration in Computer Science
Awarded the NSF Research Initiation Initiative Grant
Gave a talk in the MIT Building Technology Lecture Series on "Computational Tools to Stand, Spin & Assemble"
I am serving on the Technical Papers Committee for SIGGRAPH 2015.
Visited the Computer Graphics Group at University of Hong Kong
Attended SIGGRAPH Asia and gave a lecture on Structural Optimization in the invited course 3D printing oriented design: geometry and optimization
Visited the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
I gave a talk at TEDxBeaconStreet on "3D Printing: the Physics of Objects"
Visited Wellesley College and gave a talk on recent work in Structurally-Informed Geometry
I attended the MIT Computer Graphics Group annual retreat.
Our paper "A Graph-based Approach for Discovery of Stable Deconstruction Sequences" presented at Advances in Architectural Geometry
Our SIGGRAPH paper "Spin-It" featured on techcrunch, engadget, reddit and gizmodo


Printone: Interactive Resonance Simulation for Free-form Print-wind Instrument Design
SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 (to appear)

Data-Driven Bending Elasticity Design by Shell Thickness
Symposium on Geometry Processing 2016

Buoyancy Optimization for Computational Fabrication
Eurographics 2016

Foldlings: A Tool for Interactive Pop-up Card Design
1st Eurographics Workshop On Graphics For Digital Fabrication 2016

Perceptual Models of Preference in 3D Printing Direction
SIGGRAPH Asia 2015

A 3-D Stability Analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Backyard Photo
Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law 2015

3D Printing Oriented Design: Geometry and Optimization
SIGGRAPH Asia Course 2014

Assembling Self-Supporting Structures
SIGGRAPH Asia 2014

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A Graph-based Approach for Discovery of Stable Deconstruction Sequences
Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014

Spin-It: Optimizing Moment of Inertia for Spinnable Objects

Make-It-Stand: Balancing Shapes for 3D Fabrication

Structural Optimization of 3D Masonry Buildings
SIGGRAPH Asia 2012

Design Of Structurally-Sound Masonry Buildings Using 3D Static Analysis
PhD Thesis MIT 2011

Procedural Modeling of Structurally-Sound Masonry Buildings
SIGGRAPH Asia 2009

Digital Reconstruction and 4D Presentation through Time
SIGGRAPH 2008 (Talk)

Topology of Urban Environments
CAAD Futures 2007

Constrained Planar Remeshing for Architecture
Graphics Interface 2007

Detailed 3D Modelling of Castles
IJAC June 2007

Constrained Planar Remeshing for Architecture
Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2006 (Poster)

Geometric, Topological & Semantic Analysis of Multi-building Floor Plan Data
M.S. Thesis, MIT, Department of Architecture, May 2006