UW CSE MSR Summer Institute 2019

The Future of Fabrication


Locations are subject to change. Please check back for updates. Last updated 22 July 2019.
  • Technical meeting sessions will be in Victoria.
  • Breakfasts will be in Victoria.
  • Lunches will be in the Victoria Courtyard.
  • Dinners will be at the Peace Arch Pier or Peace Arch Tent.


Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday


6:00 - 7:00 pm
Welcome reception (Peace Arch Pier)
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Dinner (Peace Arch Tent)


8:00-9:00 am
Breakfast (Victoria)
9:00-9:45 am
Welcome and short introductions (Victoria)
9:45-10:15 am
Plan for the institute
10:15-10:30 am
Coffee break
10:30-12:00 pm
Working Session I (Victoria/Peace Arch Tent/Library)
Here is a link to our template for note taking and report backs from the working sessions: https://preview.tinyurl.com/futureoffab
12:00-1:00 pm
Lunch (Victoria Courtyard)
1:00-2:15 pm
Talk by Afroditi Psarra, "E-textiles: Crafting Technological Artifacts" (Victoria)
Electronic textiles involve the creation of reactive wearable artifacts through the revitalization of traditional techniques and the idea of digital craftsmanship. Its practitioners coming from different fields (art, design, engineering, physics etc) explore art and science by experimenting with the idea of the extended body, and how physical feedback mechanisms can be used as an educational tool to create open-source networks and communities of knowledge. Can the idea of hacking the body trigger new scientific research, and politics of resistance? How does technology look and feel like when it's fabricated with soft materials?
2:15-4:15 pm
Working Session II (various locations)
4:15-4:30 pm
Coffee break
4:30-6:00 pm
Lightening Talks (Victoria)
6:00-8:00 pm
Dinner (Seaview Terrace)
8:00 pm
Show & Tell (Seaview Terrace)


8:00-9:00 am
Breakfast (Victoria)
9:00-10:00 am
Talk by Zach Tatlock, "Programming Language Tools and Techniques for Fabrication" (Victoria)
We propose a research agenda to investigate programming language techniques for improving affordable, end-user desktop manufacturing processes such as fabrication. Our goal is to adapt programming languages tools and extend the decades of research in industrial, high-end CAD/CAM in order to help make affordable desktop manufacturing processes more accurate, fast, reliable, and accessible to end-users. We focus on three major areas where fabrication can benefit from programming language tools: design synthesis, optimizing compilation, and runtime monitoring. We present preliminary results on synthesizing editable CAD models from difficult-to-edit surface meshes, discuss potential new compilation strategies, and propose runtime monitoring techniques. We conclude by discussing additional near-future directions we intend to pursue.
10:00-10:20 am
Presentation by Patrick Baudisch, title forth coming (Victoria)
10:20-10:30 am
Coffee break
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Working Session III (various locations)
12:30-1:30 pm
Lunch (Victoria Courtyard)
1:30-2:45 pm
Talk by Jim Holbery, "Advanced Materials & Processes: An HCI Enabler" (Victoria)
Advanced materials and processes promise to change the digital interface impacting how we work, communicate and recreate. Whether it is ambient computing, IoT, mixed reality or new device architectures, all benefit from conformable polymers, integrated textiles and advanced printing processes. Furthermore, as we move to a closed-loop future these material forms promise greater resource efficiency, lower cost and higher yields. This talk will address Microsoft hardware soft matter developments addressing future devices and functional features as it relates to human-computer interface experiences.
2:45-3:00 pm
Coffee break
3:00-5:45 pm
Outside activities: The organizers plan to go on a hike. If you are interested in joining the hike, we are meeting in the lobby.
Other available activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, biking. These can be rented from the activity center.
6:00-8:00 pm
Dinner and discussions (Peace Arch Tent)
8:00 pm
Bonfire + s'mores


8:00-9:00 am
Breakfast (Victoria)
9:00-10:15 am
Talk by Maurizio Vecchoine, "Convergence of artificial intelligence technologies with biochemistry open new frontiers in lifesciences" (Victoria)
Abstract: Advanced fabrication is not only for mechanical products. Continuing progress in machine learning and increasingly cognitive intelligence are starting to revolutionize diagnostic target discovery and soon new molecules discovery in-silico. This convergence has the promise to revolutionize both discovery and molecule synthesis as well as combinatorial chemistry, in an age of developing personalized medicine and genomic based targeting.
10:15-10:30 am
Coffee break
10:30-12:15 pm
Working Session IV (Victoria and various locations)
12:15-12:30 pm
Closing remarks (Victoria)
12:30-1:30 pm
Lunch (Victoria Courtyard)