Bickel Group

Computer Graphics and Digital Fabrication

We are currently 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. Leveraging the potential of advanced 3D printing technology is tightly coupled to efficient methods for content creation.

Bernd Bickel is a computer scientist interested in computer graphics and its overlap into animation, biomechanics, material science, and digital fabrication. The main objective of his research group is to push the boundaries of how functional digital models can be efficiently created, simulated, and reproduced. 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. Accordingly, the work of the Bickel group 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.

Group Leader

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Thomas Auzinger


+43 2243 9000 7484


Manas Bhargava

PhD Student


Ruslan Guseinov

PhD Student

+43 2243 9000 7130


Christian Hafner

PhD Student


Eder Miguel Villalba

Software Engineering

+43 2243 9000 7128


Michal Piovarci

Predoctoral Visiting Scientist


Martin Thoresen

PhD Student


Ran Zhang

PhD Student

+43 2243 9000 7130

Current Projects

Computational synthesis of metamaterials | Soft robotics |Interactive design systems | Design of cyber-physical systems


Guseinov R, McMahan C, Perez Rodriguez J, Daraio C, Bickel B. 2020. Programming temporal morphing of self-actuated shells. Nature Communications. 11. View

Dodier P, Winter F, Auzinger T, Mistelbauer G, Frischer JM, Wang WT, Mallouhi A, Marik W, Wolfsberger S, Reissig L, Hammadi F, Matula C, Baumann A, Bavinzski G. Single-stage bone resection and cranioplastic reconstruction: Comparison of a novel software-derived PEEK workflow with the standard reconstructive method. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. View

Dodier P, Auzinger T, Mistelbauer G, Wang WT, Ferraz-Leite H, Gruber A, Marik W, Winter F, Fischer G, Frischer JM, Bavinzski G. Novel software-derived workflow in extracranial–intracranial bypass surgery validated by transdural indocyanine green videoangiography. World Neurosurgery. View

Hafner C, Schumacher C, Knoop E, Auzinger T, Bickel B, Bächer M. 2019. X-CAD: Optimizing CAD Models with Extended Finite Elements. ACM Transactions on Graphics. 38(6). View

Sumin D, Weyrich T, Rittig T, Babaei V, Nindel T, Wilkie A, Didyk P, Bickel B, Křivánek J, Myszkowski K. 2019. Geometry-aware scattering compensation for 3D printing. ACM Transactions on Graphics. 38(4). View

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

Selected Distinctions

2017 ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award
2016 ERC Starting Grant
2015 Microsoft Visual Computing Award
2012 EUROGRAPHICS Best PhD Thesis
2011 ETH Medal for outstanding dissertation

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