Manfred Lau

 School of Computing and Communications
 Lancaster University
 Lancaster, UK
 LA1 4WA

 office:  D17 Infolab21
 phone:  +44(0)1524 510324
 manfred.lau@gmail.com
 m.lau@lancaster.ac.uk




Manfred is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer in UK) in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, UK.  He was a post-doc researcher working with Prof. Takeo Igarashi in Tokyo, Japan at the Japan Science and Technology Agency - Igarashi Design Interface Project. He received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Yale University, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, supervised by James Kuffner, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Manfred's research interests are in computer graphics, human-computer interaction, digital fabrication, geometric modeling, and animation. His recent research in 3D modeling and fabrication focuses on building natural user interfaces for the layperson to model, design, and fabricate their own products.  His work on 3D geometry modeling draws inspiration from the areas of tangible user interfaces and industrial design.  His Ph.D. thesis work explores a combination of motion planning techniques and captured data to generate realistic crowd animation for games and films.  He is also interested in the areas of robotics and machine learning.


Recent News:
  • I will be back at Yale around summer months, visiting Holly Rushmeier, Yale Computer Graphics Group
  • Visited Ligang Liu at USTC, January 2015
  • IEEE CG&A paper "Democratizing Digital Content Creation using Mobile Devices with Inbuilt Sensors" with Kapil Dev to appear soon
  • TEI Work-in-Progress paper "Magnetic Files: Exploring Tag Based File Systems Using Embodied Files" with David Gullick and Paul Coulton to appear soon
  • Served on Program Committees in 2014 for: SIGGRAPH ASIA Courses, Graphics Interface, Expressive/SBIM, SUI, VRST, and MIG
  • Attended Dagstuhl Seminar on Computational Aspects of Fabrication
  • Luther Power started as a Ph.D. student in October 2014
  • Kapil Dev started as a Ph.D. student in June 2014, funded by Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship
  • SIGCHI 2014 Best Paper Award for "MixFab: A Mixed-Reality Environment for Personal Fabrication" paper

Publications


http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2557090



    MixFab: A Mixed-Reality Environment for Personal Fabrication.

    Christian Weichel, Manfred Lau, David Kim, Nicolas Villar, and Hans           Gellersen.

    ACM Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
, 2014.              Best Paper Award. Top 1% of submissions.
   
ACM Digital Library page

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2460659

    Enclosed: A Component-Centric Interface for Designing Prototype
    Enclosures
.

    Christian Weichel, Manfred Lau, Hans Gellersen.

    International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied
    Interaction
(TEI), 2013.
    
ACM Digital Library page


http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2012/12/mco2012120076-abs.html




    Digital Fabrication
.

    Manfred Lau, Jun Mitani, Takeo Igarashi.

   
IEEE Computer, 2012.
   
IEEE Computer page












    Sketching and Prototyping Personalized Objects: From Teapot Lids
    
to Furniture to Jewelry.

    Manfred Lau, Jun Mitani, Takeo Igarashi.

   
National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacture, 2012.




    Sixth Sense Transport: Challenges in Supporting Flexible Time
    Travel.

    Nigel Davies, Manfred Lau, Chris Speed, Tom Cherrett, Janet Dickinson,
    Sarah Norgate.

    
International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications 
    
(HotMobile), 2012.
    
ACM Digital Library page




    Situated Modeling: A Shape-Stamping Interface with Tangible
    Primitives.

    Manfred Lau, Masaki Hirose, Akira Ohgawara, Jun Mitani, and Takeo         Igarashi.

   
International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied
    Interaction
(TEI), 2012.
    
Project page





Converting 3D Furniture Models to Fabricatable Parts and Connectors.

Manfred Lau, Akira Ohgawara, Jun Mitani, and Takeo Igarashi.

ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH), 30(4), 85, 2011.
Project page







Automatic Learning of Pushing Strategy for Delivery of Irregular-Shaped Objects.
Manfred Lau, Jun Mitani, and Takeo Igarashi.
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2011.
pdf    mp4    youtube











































SketchChair: An All-in-one Chair Design System for End Users.
Greg Saul, Manfred Lau, Jun Mitani, and Takeo Igarashi.
International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI), 2011.

Project page







Scalable Precomputed Search Trees.
Manfred Lau and James Kuffner.
International Conference on Motion in Games (MIG), 2010.
Invited Paper.





Modeling-in-Context: User Design of Complementary Objects with a Single Photo.
Manfred Lau, Greg Saul, Jun Mitani, and Takeo Igarashi.
ACM Symposium on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling (SBIM), 2010.
Best Paper Award.
Project page    youtube



Face Poser: Interactive Modeling of 3D Facial Expressions Using Facial Priors.
Manfred Lau, Jinxiang Chai, Ying-Qing Xu, and Harry Shum.
ACM Transactions on Graphics (presented at SIGGRAPH 2010), 29(1), 3, 2009.
Project page    youtube










Modeling Spatial and Temporal Variation in Motion Data.
Manfred Lau, Ziv Bar-Joseph, and James Kuffner.
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH ASIA), 28(5), 171, 2009.






Animation Theatre piece on Behavior Planning.
Manfred Lau, James Kuffner, and Moshe Mahler.
Eurographics Animation Theatre, 2007.
Animation page






Face Poser: Interactive Modeling of 3D Facial Expressions Using Model Priors.
Manfred Lau, Jinxiang Chai, Ying-Qing Xu, and Harry Shum.
ACM Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA), 161-170, 2007.
Project page





Precomputed Search Trees:  Planning for Interactive Goal-Driven Animation.
Manfred Lau and James Kuffner.
ACM Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA), 299-308, 2006.
Project page







Footstep Planning for the Honda ASIMO Humanoid.
Joel Chestnutt, Manfred Lau, German Cheung, James Kuffner, Jessica Hodgins, and Takeo Kanade.
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2005.
Project page







Behavior Planning for Character Animation.
Manfred Lau and James Kuffner.
ACM Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA), 271-280, 2005.
Project page







Professional Service

Program Committees:
  • SIGGRAPH Asia Courses 2013, 2014
  • Graphics Interface 2013, 2014
  • ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI) 2014
  • ACM Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA) 2013
  • International Workshop on Personal and Pervasive Fabrication, co-organizer, at UbiComp 2013
  • IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (3DUI) 2013
  • ACM Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA) 2012, Posters Chair
  • Shape Modeling International (SMI) Shape Fabrication and Sculpting Track 2012
  • ACM Symposium on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling (SBIM) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • International Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA) 2011
  • ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) 2010, 2012, 2014
  • International Conference on Motion in Games (MIG) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014