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
  • Information Visualization for Collaboration
  • Computational Fabrication

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Paper on topologically interlocked tiles published in Computer & Graphics Journal (Shape Modeling Interactional Conference 2020).

Paper on woven space-filling shapes published in the Graphics Interface 2020 conference.

Paper on computer assisted mind-mapping published in the Graphics Interface 2020 conference.

2019 Delaunay Loft

MIDL student Sai Ganesh Subramanian featured in the ACM SIGGRAPH blog!

MIDL research featured in TAMU Engineering News!

Paper on haptics based 3D sketching published in the ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering.

Paper on Delaunay Lofts presented at the SMI 2019 conference.