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nobuyuki umetani Nobuyuki Umetani
  Research Scientist

  Autodesk Research(Toronto,Canada)

  Curriculum Vitae: CV.pdf  (updated Aug. 2015)

       or   nobuyuki.umetani at autodesk.com
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Internship Opportunity

I am looking for Ph.D students who are interested in doing a research internship at Autodesk Research in Toronto Canada. The applicant should have background of computer graphics and be highly motivated to do a leading edge research project in the field of computational fabrication (geometry processing, physics simulation, robotics, shape analysis, visualization, HCI...). If you are interested, please send me an email (with your CV) to set up an appointment.


Nov. 2015 I will visit & give a talk in the University of Waterloo
Nov. 2015 I present our Meltable paper at Siggraph Asia 2015 technical brief program
Sept. 2015 I will give an invited talk at Pacific Graphics 2015 on Oct. 9th @ Beijing
Sept. 2015 One technical brief was accepted at SIGGRAPH Asia 2015
Aug. 2015 I chaired a session "Printing Elastics" at SIGGRAPH 2015 [link]
Aug. 2015 I gave a installation at Making@SIGGRAPH 2015 about pteromys airplane design system [link]
Aug. 2015 I gave a course talk at SIGGRAPH 2015 about 3D printing [link]
Aug. 2015 I gave a technical paper talk at SIGGRAPH 2015 about OmniAD [link]
Apr. 2015 I will give a talk in Paris on June 8th [link]
Mar. 2015 One paper conditionally accepted to SIGGRAPH
Mar. 2015 Start working at Autodesk Research
Feb. 2015 I gave an invited talk at IST Austria
Dec. 2014 I will serve on the International Program Committee of Pacific Graphics 2015
Nov. 2014 I will serve on the International Program Committee of SIGGRAPH 2015
Sep. 2014 I will take on a research scientist position at Autodesk Research from March 2015

About Me

I finished my Ph.D. in September 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Takeo Igarashi. Currently, I am a research scientist at Autodesk Research. Before that, I worked for Autodesk Research in Toronto (with Ryan Schmidt) and Disney Research Zuich (with Bernd Bickel) as a post doc for one year each. When I was a master's student, I visited the applied mathematic department in TU Delft (Netherland) and worked with Prof. Kees Oosterlee and Prof. Scott MacLachlan. After started my Ph.D, I visited Columbia University in New York and work with Danny Kaufman and Prof. Eitan Grinspun. in another research visit in my Ph.D, I collaborated with Prof. Niloy Mitra at the University Collage London. In addition, I won an internship at Microsoft Research Asia (working with Weiwei Xu and Xin Tong) in February 2012.

I am interested in computer graphics, interactive design interface and mechanical engineering, especially:



Meltables: Fabrication of Complex 3D Curves by Melting

Andrew O. Sageman-Furnas,Nobuyuki Umetani, Ryan Schmidt
SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Technical Brief

OmniAD: Data-driven Omni-directional Aerodynamics

Tobias Martin*,Nobuyuki Umetani*,Bernd Bickel (*=joint 1st authors)
ACM Transaction on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2015)
[Link] [YouTube]
flat fit fab

FlatFitFab: Interactive Modeling with Planar Sections

James McCrae, Nobuyuki Umetani, Karan Singh
User Interface Software and Technology 2014 (UIST 2014)
[Link] [YouTube]
PBD rod

Position-based Elastic Rod

Nobuyuki Umetani, Ryan Schmidt, Jos Stam
Proc. SCA 2014
(Also SIGGRAPH 2014 Talk)
[Project Page] [PDF] [YouTube] [Slides]
branching support

Branching Support Structures for 3D Printing

Ryan Schmidt, Nobuyuki Umetani

Guided Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes for Furniture Design (CACM Research Highlights)

Nobuyuki Umetani, Takeo Igarashi, Niloy J. Mitra
Communications of the ACM

Pteromys: Interactive Design and Optimization of Free-formed Free-flight Model Airplanes

Nobuyuki Umetani, Yuki Koyama, Ryan Schdmit, Takeo Igarashi
ACM Transaction on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2014)
[Project Page] [PDF] [YouTube]

Sensitivity-optimized Rigging for Example-based Real-time Clothing Synthesis

Weiwei Xu*, Nobuyuki Umentani*, Qianwen Chao, Jie Mao, Xiaogang Jin, Xin Tong (*=joint 1st authors)
ACM Transaction on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2014)
[PDF] [Video] [Slides]

Macroscopic and Microscopic Deformation Coupling in Up-sampled Cloth Simulation

Shunsuke Saito, Nobuyuki Umetani, Shigeo Morishima
Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds Journal, CASA 2014 Special Issue, 25(3-4), May-August 2014, (to appear).
[YouTube] [Link]

Cross-sectional Structual Analysis for 3D Printing Optimization

Nobuyuki Umetani, Ryan Schmidt
SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Technical Brief
[Project Page] [PDF] [YouTube] [Slides]

BodyAvatar: Creating 3-D Avatars with Your Body and Imagination

Yupeng Zhang, Teng Han, Zhimin Ren, Nobuyuki Umetani, Xin Tong, Yang Liu, Takaaki Shiratori, Xiang Cao.
UIST 2013
[Project Page]

Bicuspid aortic valves undergo excessive strain during opening:A simulation study

Susumu Katayama, Nobuyuki Umetani, Toshiaki Hisada, Seiryo Sugiura
The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 2013

Interactive Design Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes

Nobuyuki Umetani
PhD Dissertation, The University of Tokyo, 2012

Guided Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes for Furniture Design

Nobuyuki Umetani, Takeo Igarashi, Niloy J. Mitra
ACM Transaction on Gracphis (SIGGRAPH 2012)
[Project Page] [PDF] [YouTube]

Real-Time Example-Based Elastic Deformation

Yuki Koyama, Kenshi Takayama, Nobuyuki Umetani, Takeo Igarashi
Proc. SCA 2012
[Project Page]

A Kinematic Approach for Efficient and Robust Simulation of the Cardiac Beating Motion

Takashi Ijiri, Takashi Ashihara, Nobuyuki Umetani, Takeo Igarashi, Ryo Haraguchi, Hideo Yokota, and Kazuo Nakazawa
[Project Page]

Sketch-based Dynamic Illustration of Fluid Systems

Bo Zhu, Michiaki Iwata, Ryo Haraguchi, Takashi Ashihara, Nobuyuki Umetani, Takeo Igarashi, Kazuo Nakazawa
ACM Transaction on Graphics (SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011)
[Project Page]

Sensitive Couture for Interactive Garment Editing and Modeling

Nobuyuki Umetani, Danny M. Kaufman, Takeo Igarashi, and Eitan Grinspun
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2011)
[Project Page] [PDF] [Video] [Slides] [Bibtex] [Demo Code]

Designing Custommade Metallophone with Concurrent Eigenanalysis

Nobuyuki Umetani, Jun Mitani, Takeo Igarashi and Kenshi Takayama
New Interfaces for Musical Expression++ (NIME++), Australia, 15-18th June, 2010

A Film Balloon Design System Integrated with Shell Element Simulation

Yohsuke FURUTA, Nobuyuki UMETANI, Jun MITANI, Takeo IGARASHI, and Yukio FUKUI,
the 31st annual conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics (EUROGRAPHICS 2010), short paper, May 3-7, 2010
responsive fem

Responsive FEM for Aiding Interactive Geometric Modeling

Nobuyuki Umetani, Kenshi Takayama, Jun Mitani, Takeo Igarashi,
IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, Volume 31 Issue 5

A Multigrid-Based Shifted-Laplacian Preconditioner for a Fourth-Order Helmholtz Discretization

Nobuyuki Umetani, Scott Maclachlan, Kees Oosterlee
Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications,Volume 16, Issue 8, pp603-626,(2008)

The sinus of Valsalva relieves abnormal stress on aortic valve leaflets by facilitating smooth closure

Susumu Katayama, Nobuyuki Umetani, Seiryo Sugiura, and Toshiaki Hisada
The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, vol.136, no.6, pp.1528-1535,(2008)

More works can be found in my Japanease web page

Funding Sources


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DelFEM:handy environment for finite element analysis (FEA)[Link]


I got my face range-scanned   (at Disney Research Zurich, 2013)

I studied in Applied Mathematics Dept of TU-Delft in Netherlands as an exchange student.(April 2007 - March 2008)

I visited computer science departemnt of the Columbia University (April 2010 - March 2011)

Enjoy card-board sledging at Matterhorn(January 2008)

Programming training at the top of Mt.Fuji(September 2008)

At the heighest point of Japanease national road.(September 2006)I came all the way from Tokyo by this non-geared ordinary bycicle. It's 2172m above the sea level!!!

Sunrise from the top of Mt.Fuji(August 2006)