Mixed-Initiative Design Lab.

About Us

Welcome to the Mixed Initiative Design Lab (MIDL, pronounced "middle") in the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. We develop novel computational frameworks for the representation, presentation, and manipulation of information pertaining to the design of digital and physical artifacts. Our research is positioned at the intersection of computer-aided product design, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. Our overarching goal is to augment human expression and creativity in product, industrial, and engineering design.

Areas of Interest

  • Geometric & Topological Modeling
  • Data Driven Design
  • Intelligent User Interfaces for Design
  • Cognitive Assistance for Creativity Support
  • Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality
  • Spatial Manipulation & Haptics
  • Collaborative Design
  • Computational Fabrication

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Chaos Structures Award

Paper on generative design of self-similar structures has won the Computer-Aided Product and Process Development (CAPPD) Technical Committee Best Paper Award at the ASME IDETC/CIE 2023.

Turbo-AR Award

Demo on augmented reality for real-time machine diagnostics has won the Best Design Tool Showcase Award at the ASME IDETC/CIE 2023.