Tuesday 12pm, 4 December 2018

Karl 2016 230

Generative Design for Space

Karl Willis (@KarlDD)

Senior Research Manager - Autodesk


Space remains one of the most challenging destinations for design; requiring extensive design refinement coupled with rigorous analysis and physical testing. In this talk I will give a brief overview of generative design and share details of a space exploration project in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Generative design was used to design and manufacture a concept lander with the goal of significantly reducing mass and enabling more scientific instrumentation to be deployed in the search for life beyond earth.


Karl is a Senior Research Manager at Autodesk Research, focused on design software for manufacturing. Karl holds a Ph.D. in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University and has previously worked at Disney Research and Sony Computer Science Laboratories.