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, and digital fabrication. 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:

Publications


https://sites.google.com/site/manfredlau/home/TactileMeshSaliency_SIGGRAPH.pdf


    Tactile Mesh Saliency.

   
Manfred Lau, Kapil Dev, Weiqi Shi, Julie Dorsey, and Holly Rushmeier.
   
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH), 2016.
   
PDF



    Tactile Mesh Saliency via Deep Ranking.
    
Manfred Lau, Kapil Dev, Weiqi Shi, Julie Dorsey, and Holly Rushmeier.
    
Symposium on Computational Fabrication, Poster, 2016.




https://sites.google.com/site/manfredlau/home/LearningSoftnessMeasure_SAP.pdf

    Learning a Human-Perceived Softness Measure of Virtual Objects.

    
Manfred Lau, Kapil Dev, Julie Dorsey, and Holly Rushmeier.
   
ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (SAP), 2016.
   
PDF


https://sites.google.com/site/manfredlau/home/StyleSimilarity_GI.pdf


    Improving Style Similarity Metrics of 3D Shapes.

    
Kapil Dev, Kwang In Kim, Nicolas Villar, and Manfred Lau.
   
Graphics Interface, 2016.
   
PDF


https://sites.google.com/site/manfredlau/home/StandUp_SBIM.pdf

    StandUp: Understanding Body-Part and Gestural Preferences for         First-Person 3D Modeling.

    
Kapil Dev, Nicolas Villar, and Manfred Lau.
   
SBIM (Expressive), 2016.
   
PDF

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2688812

    Magnetic Files: Exploring Tag Based File Systems Using Embodied     Files
.

    David Gullick, Paul Coulton, and Manfred Lau.

   
IEEE Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction           (TEI) Work-in-Progress, 2015.
   
ACM Digital Library Page


http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MCG.2015.10



    Democratizing Digital Content Creation Using Mobile Devices with       Inbuilt Sensors
.

    Kapil Dev and Manfred Lau.

   
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications magazine, 2015.
   
IEEE Page




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, and 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, and Takeo Igarashi.

   
IEEE Computer, 2012.
    PDF    
IEEE Computer Page









https://sites.google.com/site/manfredlau/home/sketching_rdpm2012.pdf


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

    Manfred Lau, Jun Mitani, and Takeo Igarashi.

   
National Conf. on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacture, 2012.
    PDF




    Sixth Sense Transport: Challenges in Supporting Flexible Time
    Travel.

    Nigel Davies, Manfred Lau, Chris Speed, Tom Cherrett, Janet Dickinson,
    and 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    Video (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




https://sites.google.com/site/manfredlau/home/spst_mig2010.pdf



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    Video (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    Video (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





http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=1570188


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