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Tuesday, February 7 2017
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dynamic Drawings for Communication & Design

Dynamic Drawings for Communication & Design

Seminar Series: HCI Seminar Series
Speaker: Rubaiat Habib
Speaker Affiliation: Autodesk Research
Host: Stefanie Mueller
Host Affiliation: MIT CSAIL

Date: Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Refreshments Time: 12:45 PM

Location: Seminar Room G449 (Patil/Kiva)

In this talk, I am going to present and demo our award winning research initiative on creating custom animations - Project Draco. Project Draco was recently released as Sketchbook Motion, and was featured by Apple as "The best iPad app of the year 2016". With Project Draco, we investigate the question of how we can enable everyone to bring life to otherwise static drawings—how can we make animation as easy as sketching a static image? Most of us experience the power of animated media every day: animation makes it easy to communicate complex ideas beyond verbal language. However, only few of us have the skills to express ourselves through this medium. By making animation as easy, accessible, and fluid as sketching, I intend to make dynamic drawings a powerful medium to think, create, and communicate rapidly.

Rubaiat Habib is a Sr. Research Scientist, artist, and designer at Autodesk Research. His research interest lies at the intersection of Computer Graphics and HCI for creative thinking, design, and storytelling. Rubaiat received several awards for his work including two ACM CHI Best Paper Nominations, ACM CHI and ACM UIST Peoples’ choice best talk awards, and ACM CHI Golden Mouse awards for best research videos. For his PhD at the National University of Singapore, Rubaiat also received a Microsoft Research Asia PhD fellowship. Rubaiat’s research in dynamic drawings and animation is regularly turned into new products reaching a global audience. As a freelance cartoonist and designer, he contributed to a number of magazines, books, and newspapers.

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