Cambridge, MA | June 17 - 19, 2018

This special meeting of the SCF, hosted by the Center for Bits & Atoms (CBA), focuses on the developments today that we predict will guide developments in this area for the next 50 years. This special meeting was inspired by the previous CBA Science of Digital Fabrication meeting. This year, SCF is will be held coincident with a special event honouring Fab Lab pioneer Mel King.

In order to provide a general framework for the diverse topics encompassed by SCF, we are organizing this year’s sessions around the following themes:

  • Conception: design inception, representation, discovery process, and refinement
  • Implementation: hardware and software tools and materials to realize designs
  • Application: what is the real-world relevance of realized designs
  • Implication: what are the broader social impacts of applied designs

Please visit last year's website: SCF 2017, for an overview of all previous keynote speakers and submissions.


More To Be Announced!

Santanu Chaudhuri

Argonne National Laboratory

Santanu Chaudhuri is the Director of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Argonne’s program that develops capabilities to use high-performance computing-based mesoscale simulation tools to accelerate the development and adoption of new materials for manufacturing.

Dr. Chaudhuri earned his Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry and Chemical Physics from SUNY Stony Brook in 2003. As a graduate student, he received a NATO scholarship to work at Oxford University developing simulation methods for ionic conductors, catalysts, and battery materials. From 2003–2006, Chaudhuri worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials on theory-guided design of hydrogen storage materials for automobile applications. Subsequently, he joined Washington State University, where he led the development of Applied Sciences efforts and served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. In 2014, Chaudhuri moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and established the Accelerated Materials Research program as part of the Applied Research Institute.

Prior to joining Argonne, Dr. Chaudhuri served as the Associate Director of the Applied Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), responsible for engineering design and simulations. His research group worked on applications of high-performance computing in energy, environment and manufacturing applications for improving efficiency of materials insertion and deployment. He maintains a joint appointment as a Professor in the Civil and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Keynote: To be announced

James Coleman

Zahner R&D

James Coleman currently acts as Lead Research and Development Engineer at A. Zahner Company, a company that specializes in computational fabrication and mass customization at an architectural scale. He is involved in the production of 100,000s of unique parts for large scale projects as a digital design and manufacturing specialist.

James holds master’s degrees in both architecture and mechanical engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research is centered around parametric design-to-fabrication workflows and one-off automation strategies in both hardware and software.

He has worked internationally as a design engineer on architectural projects of a variety of scales and as a Product Development Engineer at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. He currently balances working on large scale high profile architectural projects with being one half of the design studio James and the Giant Peek.

With a diverse suite of manufacturing equipment, industrial robots, and custom-made CNC machinery James makes things, breaks things, and invents things with varying levels of success and sophistication.

Keynote: To be announced

Erik Demaine


Bio: Erik Demaine is a Professor in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Demaine's research interests range throughout algorithms, from data structures for improving web searches to the geometry of understanding how proteins fold to the computational difficulty of playing games. He received a MacArthur Fellowship as a “computational geometer tackling and solving difficult problems related to folding and bending—moving readily between the theoretical and the playful, with a keen eye to revealing the former in the latter”. He appears in the origami documentaries Between the Folds and NOVA's The Origami Revolution, cowrote a book about the theory of folding (Geometric Folding Algorithms), and a book about the computational complexity of games (Games, Puzzles, and Computation). Together with his father Martin, his interests span the connections between mathematics and art, including curved-crease sculptures in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian.

Keynote: To be announced

Shawn Douglas


Shawn Douglas is interested in inventing new methods to construct and manipulate biological molecules at the nanometer scale.
To learn more, visit the Douglas Lab at UCSF in the department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology.

You might also check out BIOMOD and cadnano.

Keynote: Computational tools for designing, simulating, and thinking about biomolecules

Adam W. Feinberg

Carnegie Mellon University

Bio: Dr. Feinberg earned a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 1999, followed by a Masters (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida, where his doctoral work was focused on engineering cell-material interactions to prevent and enhance adhesion. He was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University from 2005 to 2010, where he developed new biomaterials and cardiac tissue engineering strategies for 3-dimensional myocardial regeneration, with a focus on stem cell-based approaches. Dr. Feinberg joined CMU in the fall of 2010 as an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.

Keynote: To be announced

John Glass

J. Craig Venter Institute

Dr. John Glass is a Professor and leader of the JCVI Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Group. His expertise is in molecular biology, microbial pathogenesis, RNA virology, and microbial genomics. Glass is part of the Venter Institute team that created a synthetic bacterial cell. In reaching this milestone the Venter Institute scientists developed the fundamental techniques of the new field of synthetic genomics including genome transplantation and genome assembly. Glass was also leader of the JCVI project that rapidly made synthetic influenza virus vaccine strains in collaboration with Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. and Synthetic Genomics, Inc. At the JCVI he has also led the bacterial outer membrane vesicle based vaccine, genome transplantation, and Mycoplasma genitalium minimal genome projects, and projects studying other mycoplasma and ureaplasma species. Glass and his Venter Institute colleagues are now using synthetic biology and synthetic genomics approaches developed at the JCVI to create cells and organelles with redesigned genomes to make microbes that can produce biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and industrially valuable molecules. Glass is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland at College Park Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, and member of the Global Viral Network Scientific Leadership Board.

Prior to joining the JCVI, Glass spent five years in the Infectious Diseases Research Division of the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. There he directed a hepatitis C virology group and a microbial genomics group (1998-2003).

Glass earned his undergraduate (Biology) and graduate degrees (Genetics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His Ph.D. work was on RNA virus genetics in the laboratory of Gail Wertz. He was on the faculty and did postdoctoral fellowships in the Microbiology Department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham in polio virology with Casey Morrow and mycoplasma pathogenesis with Gail Cassell (1990-1998). On sabbatical leave in Ellson Chen’s lab at Applied Biosystems, Inc.(1995-1997) he sequenced the genome of Ureaplasma parvum and began his study of mycoplasma genomics.

Keynote: To be announced

Matt Likens

Jeff Koons Studio

More to come.

Keynote: To be announced

Caitlin Mueller


Caitlin Mueller is a researcher, designer, and educator working at the interface of architecture and structural engineering. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Building Technology Program, where she leads the Digital Structures research group.

As a researcher, Mueller focuses on developing new computational methods and tools for synthesizing architectural and structural intentions in early-stage design. She also works in the field of digital fabrication, with a focus on linking high structural performance with new methods of architectural making. In addition to her digital work, she conducts research on the nature of collaboration between architects and engineers from a historical perspective. Mueller also aims for interdisciplinary learning and integration in her teaching efforts, which include subjects in structural design and computational methods.

Keynote: To be announced

Nadya Peek

University of Washington

Nadya Peek develops unconventional digital fabrication tools, small scale automation, networked controls, and advanced manufacturing systems. Spanning electronics, firmware, software, and mechanics, her research focuses on harnessing the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals.

Nadya is an assistant professor at the University of Washington in the Human-Centered Design and Engineering department where she directs the Machine Agency. She is VP of the Open Source Hardware Association, half of the design studio James and the Giant Peek, and plays drum machines and synths in the band Construction. She completed her PhD on "Making Machines that Make" at MIT in 2016, advised by Neil Gershenfeld. Machines and systems Nadya has built like the "Modular Machines that Make" are shared widely including at SIGGRAPH, CHI, Guggenheim Berlin, and the White House Maker Faire, and she has given keynotes at Chaos Computer Congress, SolidCon, and H.O.P.E. Nadya is an active member of the global fab lab community, making digital fabrication more accessible with better CAD/CAM tools and developing open source hardware machines and control systems.

Nadya is equally comfortable eating street food in China or gathering mushrooms in a Siberian forest, but thinks McMaster-Carr is a great reason to take up residence in the US.

Keynote: To be announced

Ryan Schmidt


Ryan Schmidt is a scientist, inventor, software developer, and accomplished typist. He recently abandoned his post as Head of the Design and Fabrication research group at Autodesk to start Gradientspace, a 3D product studio. He is also Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and an advisor to Nia Technologies, LimbForge, and DigitalLife. In 2011 his tiny "pre-startup" Meshmixer was apparently acquired by Autodesk. Prior to that, he began two Master's degrees at the University of Calgary (finishing one), completed a PhD in Computer Graphics at the University of Toronto, and (briefly) held a postdoctoral scholar position at the University of California Berkeley. He grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta and now resides in Toronto, Ontario. In Canada.

Keynote: To be announced


To Be Announced


Conference on sunday evening/monday/tuesday: MIT building E14

Dinner Location: To Be Announced

Conference Registration

Affiliation Early-bird (by June 10, 2018) Regular / On-site
Student Member
$75 $125
Non-Member $150 $200
Banquet Ticket (Not Included in Registration) $50 Not available

Reception Registration

This year, SCF is will be held coincident with a special event honouring Fab Lab pioneer Mel King. There will be a combined SCF opening reception and Mel King celebration on Sunday evening, June 17 from 6:00-8:00PM. All attendees are invited for the reception.

To take advantage of membership pricing when you register, you must first be an ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH or ACM SIGCHI member. Credits will not be given if you become a member after registering for SCF 2018. To become a member, visit ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH or ACM SIGCHI websites.

Cancellation Policy

Prior to May 28, 2018, cancellations will be refunded in full (minus credit card charges). Cancellations received from May 28, 2018 through June 17, 2018 will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after June 17, 2018.

Hotel Information

Kendall Hotel

Marriott Cambridge

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Le Meridien Cambridge

Technical Paper

Call For Submissions

Paper Submission Deadlines:

Paper Deadline: April 5, 2018; Notification: April 19, 2018; Camera Ready: May 3, 2018.

Deadline Extended

Paper Deadline: April 12, 2018; Notification: April 23, 2018; Camera Ready: May 7, 2018.

All materials must be submitted by 11:59pm GMT on the day of the deadline

Papers will be up to ten pages (incl. references) in SIGGRAPH article format (more information).

Instructions for Authors

Please follow the instructions found here. Authors should use the ACM article template, and the "sigconf" template style (the "siggraph" template style has been deprecated) Please use "author year" citations - NOT numbered citations. There are examples, from source to PDF available at the link above, as well as a "preflight checklist" that can help identify issues.

ACM also has an Overleaf template that can be used as an alternative here.

The ACM MS Word template provided here is NOT recommended, since it is difficult to ensure correct formatting.

Online Submission

Poster /Demos /Short Talk

We invite you to present your work at the SCF as a poster, demo or short presentation.

Poster/Demo/Short Talk Deadline:
May 25, 2018; Notification: June 1, 2018; Camera Ready: June 10, 2018.

All materials must be submitted by 11:59pm GMT on the day of the deadline

Working computational fabrication prototypes and tools,
software platforms utilizing computational fabrication techniques,
including both research and commercial systems,
as well as artwork and visual designs that relate to or utilize computational fabrication.

Illustrate recent research on computational fabrication previously published in another venue or
cover late-breaking technical results and research.

Poster submissions will include a 2 page abstract (in SIGGRAPH format) along with the poster layout. These poster/demo abstracts are NOT archived as part of the ACM Digital Library, in an effort to promote new/breaking results.

Extended Abstracts
If accepted, authors will be awarded a 5 minute presentation platform to present the work. These abstracts are NOT archived as part of the ACM Digital Library, in an effort to promote new/breaking results.

Extended Abstracts will be 3-5 pages (in SIGGRAPH Format). If accepted, authors will be awarded a 5 minute presentation platform to present the work. These abstracts are NOT archived as part of the ACM Digital Library, in an effort to promote new/breaking results.

Online Submission


General Chairs


Neil Gershenfeld

MIT Media Lab
Center for Bits and Atoms


David I.W. Levin

University of Toronto

Rob MacCurdy

University of Boulder Colarado

Steering Committee


Wojciech Matusik



Bernd Bickel

IST Austria


Daniela Rus



Stefanie Mueller



Stelian Coros

ETH Zurich

Technical Programme Chairs


Emily Whiting

Boston University


Rob Shepherd

Cornell University


Daniel Aukes

Arizona State University


Laura Devendorf

University of Colorado, Boulder

Treasurer | Web | Local Arrangement Chairs


Gavin Barill

University of Toronto


Lawson Fulton

University of Toronto

Program Committee

To Be Announced