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SCF 2019

ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication
June 16-18, 2019Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh


The 4th annual ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication brings together experts from academia and industry who develop and use computational tools for the creation of physical things. The meeting exists to provide a venue for participants to discuss cutting-edge results and build cross-domain collaborations and connections.

Attendees and presenters come from backgrounds including architecture, computer science, mechanical engineering, human-computer interaction, biology, materials science, robotics, and applied math.

Previous years: 2018, 2017, 2016.

Call for Submissions

Technical Papers

Submissions: Closed (deadline was April 19, 2019, 23:59 GMT; notifications were April 26, 2019)
Camera Ready: May 6, 2019
Submission Web Page: EasyChair for SCF'19 (select "Technical Papers")

The Symposium on Computational Fabrication invites the submission of high-quality, previously unpublished, novel technical work in computational fabrication.

Papers may be up to twelve pages (including references) in ACM proceedings ("sigconf") format. Submissions should be anonymized for double-blind review.

Accepted papers will be given a 15 minute presentation slot at the conference and will be archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Posters, Demos, and Short Talks

Submission Deadline: June 3, 2019 (23:59 GMT)
Notification: June 7, 2019
Camera Ready: June 10, 2019
Submission Web Page: EasyChair for SCF'19 (select "Posters, Demos, and Short Talks")

SCF also welcomes posters, demos and short talks (3-5 minutes). They can be either an overview of previously published work or on-going research.

Authors should submit a one-page, non-anonymous abstract (in ACM proceedings ("sigconf") format) for jurying. If submitting a poster, submitting a draft poster image is also encouraged.

Poster templates are optional suggestions, presenters are free to use their own designs. Individual posters must be 30 inches (77 cm) x 40 inches (102 cm). Foam poster boards of the same size will be available for mounting posters. For accepted posters, presenters must bring their printed poster to the venue.

Submissions will be juried, and submitted materials will NOT be archived in the ACM Digital Library in order to allow the submission of early work without limiting future publication opportunities.


SCF features a wide range of invited keynotes along with technical paper presentations and short research overviews. Keynote speakers will be posted in this section as they are confirmed.

Conference Registration

ACM Professional Member
ACM Student Member
$75 $125
Student Non-Member
$150 $200

Conference Registration

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.


Carnegie Mellon maintains a list of nearby (and not-so-nearby) hotels; please check maps before booking.


Phipps Conservatory is a beautiful botanical garden next to the Carnegie Mellon campus. We encourage you to visit and explore. It is open every day from 9:30am-5pm. If you tell the clerk at the admissions desk that you are part of the group attending the SCF dessert event on the 17th, they will check your name and give you a ticket. (We are also holding our dessert reception at Phipps, but only a small portion will be open during that event.)

Time Activity Location
12:00pm - 6:00pm Badge Pickup GHC 4405
1:00pm - 3:00pm Lab Tours (starting every 30 minutes)

Robotic Fabrication
Prof. Joshua Bard

Soft Machines Lab
Prof. Carmel Majidi

ZoomLab (micro- and bioinspired robotics)
Prof. Zeynep Temel

Textiles Lab
Prof. James McCann

Morphing Matter Lab
Prof. Lining Yao
Sign up in GHC 4405; groups depart from the 4400 hallway
3:10pm - 6:30pm Machine Knitting with Knitout (sign-up at registration desk; limited to 20 participants; bring your laptop) Sign up in GHC 4405; workshop in Wean 1334
Time Activity Location
8:00am Badge Pickup Opens GHC 4405
8:25am - 8:55am Light Breakfast GHC 4405
8:55am - 9:00am Chairs kick-off GHC 4401
9:00am - 9:05am area intro Architecture Area Introduction
Maria Yablonina
GHC 4401
9:05am - 9:45am keynote Design for Fabrication - Fabrication for Design
Stefana Parascho
GHC 4401
9:45am - 10:05am paper Human-in-the-loop Fabrication of 3D Structures with Natural Tree Branches
Maria Larsson, Hironori Yoshida, Takeo Igarashi
GHC 4401
10:05am - 10:35am Morning Break GHC 4405
10:35am - 10:40am area intro Material Science Area Introduction
Shu Yang
GHC 4401
10:40am - 11:20am keynote Propagating Chemical Waves as an Engine for Autonomous Flapping Sheets
Eran Sharon
GHC 4401
11:20am - 11:40am paper Exploring Mechanical Meta-Material Structures through Personalized Shoe Sole Design
Davide Jose Nogueira Amorim, Troy Nachtigall, Miguel Bruns Alonso
GHC 4401
11:40am - 12:00pm paper Automated Reconstruction of Smoothly Joining 3D Printed Restorations to Fix Broken Objects
Nikolas Lamb, Sean Banerjee, Natasha Kholgade Banerjee
GHC 4401
12:00pm - 1:20pm Lunch Break Some nearby options
1:20pm - 1:30pm short talk Refashioning Historic Garments through Computational Fabrication
Jouke Verlinden, Lien Acke, Wim Mertens, Natalia Ortega Saez

SK3TCH: Fast, Interactive 3D Printing via Liquid Crystallization
Mark Hirsch, Jennifer Jacobs, Yon Visell
GHC 4401
1:30pm - 1:35pm area intro Biology Area Introduction
Shawn Douglas
GHC 4401
1:35pm - 2:15pm keynote The Future of Biosensors Is Tattoos
Carlos Olguin
GHC 4401
2:15pm - 2:55pm keynote Software Generated Patterns in Machine Knitting
Fabienne Serriere
GHC 4401
2:55pm - 3:15pm paper Rough Carving of 3D Models with Spatial Augmented Reality
Ammar Hattab, Gabriel Taubin
GHC 4401
3:15pm - 4:15pm Demo + Poster Session GHC 4400 area
4:15pm - 4:20pm area intro Robotics Area Introduction GHC 4401
4:20pm - 5:00pm keynote Embodied Energy for Enduring Robots
Rob Shepherd
GHC 4401
5:00pm - 5:40pm keynote Harnessing Nature's Codebase
Mitch Heinrich
GHC 4401
5:40pm - 6:00pm paper Echidna: Mixed-domain Computational Implementation via Decision Trees
Devon J. Merrill, Jorge Garza, Steven Swanson
GHC 4401
6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner GHC 6th Floor Lounge and Patio
7:00pm - 9:00pm Dessert Party Phipps Conservatory
Time Activity Location
8:00am Badge Pickup Opens GHC 4405
8:25am - 8:55am Light Breakfast GHC 4405
8:55am - 9:00am Chairs, logisitc GHC 4401
9:00am - 9:05am area intro HCI Area Introduction
Lining Yao
GHC 4401
9:05am - 9:45am keynote Fabricating (Smart) Textiles - Computational Design, Craft, and Radical Possibility
Laura Devendorf
GHC 4401
9:45am - 10:05am paper Volumetric Michell Trusses for Parametric Design & Fabrication
Rahul Arora, Alec Jacobson, Timothy R. Langlois, Yijiang Huang, Caitlin Mueller, Wojciech Matusik, Ariel Shamir, Karan Singh, David I.W. Levin
GHC 4401
10:05am - 10:40am Light Breakfast GHC 4405
10:40am - 10:45 am area intro Graphics Area Introduction
Vidya Narayanan
GHC 4401
10:45am - 11:25am keynote From Textures to Structures: How Computer Graphics Texturing Methods Can Help Produce Functional Shapes
Sylvain Lefebvre
GHC 4401
11:25am - 11:45pm paper A Method to Evaluate the Formability and Fluidity of Materials for 3D Printing
Yuta Hirayama, Jiali Zhang, Yoshihiro Kawahara
GHC 4401
11:45pm - 12:05pm paper 3D-Printed Formwork for Bespoke Concrete Stairs: From Computational Design to Digital Fabrication
Andrei Jipa, Georgia Chousou, Matteo Lomaglio, Federico Giacomarra, Matteo Pacher, Matthias Leschok, Rena Giesecke, Benjamin Dillenburger
GHC 4401
12:05pm - 1:20pm Lunch Break Some nearby options
1:20pm - 1:30pm short talk Multi-Material Co-Extrusion for Printing Heterogeneous Objects
Travis Hainsworth, Robert MacCurdy

RodSteward: A Design-to-Assembly System for Fabrication using 3D-Printed Joints and Precision-Cut Rods
Alec Jacobson
GHC 4401
1:30pm - 2:10pm keynote Growing Objects
Nervous System
GHC 4401
2:10pm - 2:50pm keynote Programmable Composite Materials Enable New Capabilities for Soft Robots
Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio
GHC 4401
2:50pm - 3:10pm paper Computational Laser Forming Origami of Convex Surfaces
Yue Hao, Jyh-Ming Lien
GHC 4401
3:10pm - 3:40pm Afternoon Break GHC 4405
3:40pm - 4:20pm keynote Achieving More with Less: Design and Additive Manufacturing of Functionalities and Micro-Architectures
Rayne Zheng
GHC 4401
4:20pm - 5:00pm keynote Flexible Material and Mechanism Design
Bernhard Thomaszewski
GHC 4401


The main conference (including the registration) is in the Gates and Hillman Centers on CMU Campus. If you ask CMU students for directions, the building is generally known as "Gates" or "GHC".

Uber/Lyft: Pittsburgh is Uber/Lyft friendly, and you can type in this address "4902 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213". You will be dropped on the main road - Forbes Avenue. Then you will have to walk a bit inside the campus, using your GPS or looking for a building like this.

Parking: Campus visitor parking locations and rates are listed here.


General Chairs

Area Chairs

Program Chairs

Steering Committee