• Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Vinayak

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University – 2015
  • M.Sc., Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India – 2010
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India – 2006

Research Interests

  • Vinayak Krishnamurthy directs the Mixed-Initiative Design Lab where he conducts interdisciplinary research that integrates core topics in mechanical engineering such as computer-aided product design and advanced manufacturing with those in computer science such as geometric and topological modeling, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. His current work at Texas A&M investigates interactive workflows for design and visualization to gain insights on how humans perceive and perform creative decision-making tasks in collaboration with intelligent agents in the early phases of design. His work involves the development of new techniques in generative design, geometry & image processing, visualization techniques for collaborative conceptual design, and AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality) and haptics interfaces. Some applications of this research include creativity support and cognitive assistance for design, additive manufacturing, medical data modeling, and assistive interfaces for the disabled. 

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2019 Winner of the ACM Student Research Competition at SIGGRAPH
  • 2018 Peggy L. and Charles L. Brittan Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
  • 2012 All-Conference Best Paper Award, ASME IDETC/CIE

Selected Publications

  • Ergun Akleman, Vinayak R. Krishnamurthy, Chia-An Fu, Sai Ganesh Subramanian, Matthew Ebert, Matthew Eng, Courtney Starrett, Haard Panchal, Generalized Abeille Tiles: Topologically interlocked space-filling shapes generated based on fabric symmetries, Computers & Graphics, Volume 89, 2020, Pages 156-166, ISSN 0097-8493, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2020.05.016.
  • Matthew Ebert, Sai Ganesh Subramanian, and Vinayak Krishnamurthy, Generative Infills for Additive Manufacturing using Space-filling Polygonal Tiles, Proceedings of The ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC\CIE 2020), August 16 – 19, 2019, St. Louis, MO.
  • Ronak R. Mohanty, Ricardo M. Castillo, Eric Ragan, Vinayak Krishnamurthy, Investigating Force Feedback in Mid-air Sketching of Multi-planar 3D Curve-Soups, ASME Journal of Computing & Information Science in Engineering, doi: 10.1115/1.4045142.
  • Ronak R. Mohanty, Riddhi R. Adhikari, and Vinayak Krishnamurthy, Kinesthetic Perceptual Symmetry in Bi-manual Interactions: An Exploratory Study, Proceedings of The ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC\CIE 2020), August 16 – 19, 2019, St. Louis, MO.
  • Sai Ganesh Subramanian, Matthew Eng, Vinayak Krishnamurthy, Ergun Akleman, Delaunay Lofts: A Biologically Inspired Approach for Modeling Space Filling Modular Structures, Computers & Graphics, Vol. 82, 2019, Pages 73-83, ISSN 0097-8493, doi: 10.1016/j.cag.2019.05.021.
  • Ting-Ju Chen, Vinayak Krishnamurthy. Investigating a Mixed-Initiative Workflow for Digital Mind-mapping. ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, October 2020; 142(10): 101404. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4046808.
  • Ting-Ju Chen, Sai Ganesh Subramanian, and Vinayak Krishnamurthy, QCue: Queries and Cues for Computer-Facilitated Mind-Mapping, In proceedings of The Graphics Interface Conference 2020 (GI ’20), Toronto, Canada.
  • Vinayak Krishnamurthy, Ergun Akleman, Sai Ganesh Subramanian, Katherine Boyd, Chia-An Fu, Matthew Ebert, Courtney Starrett, and Neeraj Yadav, Bi-Axial Woven Tiles: Interlocking Space-Filling Shapes Based on Symmetries of Bi-Axial Weaving Patterns, In proceedings of The Graphics Interface Conference 2020 (GI ’20), Toronto, Canada.