Computer Graphics and Digital Fabrication

Bernd Bickel is a computer scientist interested in computer graphics and its overlap into animation, biomechanics, material science, and digital fabrication. His main objective is to push the boundaries of how digital content can be efficiently created, simulated, and reproduced using advanced 3D printing technology.

Currently, we are witnessing the emergence of novel, computer-controlled output devices that provide revolutionary possibilities for fabricating complex, functional, multi-material objects and meta-materials with stunning optical and mechanical properties that cannot be manufactured using any other method. Leveraging the potential of this technology is tightly coupled to efficient methods for content creation. Given the digital nature of the process, three factors play a central role: computational models and efficient representations that facilitate intuitive design, accurate and fast simulation techniques, and intuitive authoring tools for physically realizable objects and materials.

Bickel’s work focuses on two closely related challenges: (1) developing novel modeling and simulation methods, and (2) investigating efficient representation and editing algorithms for materials and functional objects. Recent work includes: theoretical foundations and practical algorithms for measuring and modeling the deformation behavior of soft tissue; simulating and reproducing fundamental properties, such as elasticity, surface reflectance, and subsurface scattering; and computational design systems for efficiently creating functional artifacts such as deformable objects and mechanical systems.


Bernd Bickel
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
Am Campus 1
A – 3400 Klosterneuburg


CV and pub list


Stephanie Danzinger

Phone: +43 (0)2243 9000-1124


  • Thomas Auzinger, Postdoc
  • Ruslan Guseinov, PhD Student
  • Eder Miguel Villalba, Postdoc
  • Ran Zhang, PhD Student

Open PhD Positions in ComputerGraphics and Digital Fabrication

Professor Bernd Bickel is currently looking for motivated and creative students who are eager to get involved in cutting edge research. For more information see the job ad.

Selected Publications

  • C. Schumacher, B. Bickel, S. Marschner, J. Rys, C. Daraio, M Gross. Microstructures to Control Elasticity in 3D Printing. ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2015), vol. 34, no. 4, August 2015.
  • S. Coros, B. Thomaszewski, G. Noris, S. Sueda, M. Forberg, B. Sumner, W. Matusik, B. Bickel. Computational Design of Mechanical Characters. ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2013), vol. 32, no. 3, July 2013.
  • M. Bächer, B. Bickel, D. James, H. Pfister. Fabricating Articulated Characters from Skinned Meshes. ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2012), vol. 31, no. 3, August 2012.
  • B. Bickel, M. Bächer, M. A. Otaduy, H. R. Lee, H. Pfister, M. Gross, W. Matusik. Design and Fabrication of Materials with Desired Deformation Behavior. ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2010), vol. 29, no. 3, July 2010.
  • B. Bickel, M. Bächer, M. Otaduy, W. Matusik, H. Pfister, M. Gross. Capture and Modeling of Non-Linear Heterogeneous Soft Tissue. ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2009), vol. 28, no. 3, August 2009.


2015 Assistant Professor, IST Austria
2012-2014 Research Scientist and Research Group Leader, Disney Research Zurich
2011-2012 Visiting Professor, TU Berlin
2011-2012 Postdoc, Disney Research Zurich
2010 PhD, ETH Zurich

Selected Distinctions


2016 ERC Starting Grant
2012 EUROGRAPHICS Best PhD Thesis, awarded 05/2012
2011 ETH Medal for outstanding dissertation, awarded 11/2011

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