28 April 2020

Evan Atherton – Autodesk

CDR– Remote Design Technology Lecture Series

Evan is a Senior Research Engineer for the Autodesk Robotics Lab, tasked with exploring technologies, trends, and stories that will impact the future of automation. He is currently focused on prototyping and developing intuitive methods for controlling automated systems. As an example, he and his fellow researchers recently released Mimic, a free, open-source plugin for Autodesk Maya that provides an animation-based workflow for programming industrial robots. Evan received both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been with Autodesk ever since. Evan is also a filmmaker. His debut short film, Artoo In Love, was the runner up for 3D World’s CG Awards, in the best VFX Short category, and was screened in numerous film festivals and at Industrial Light and Magic. The film was also featured by many online publications, including TIME, Mashable, and Huffington Post.

As part of the Center for Design Research’s evolving technologies initiative, Nathan
King and Martin Angst have organized a series of remote lectures focusing on digital
design, fabrication, and robotics as part of their courses Future Making and Advanced
Design and Fabrication in Architecture, along with the CDR Material Pioneers program.
While a core part of the curriculum for the courses, these lectures may be of interest to
other students and faculty and therefore will open to all. The lecture series is populated
with a diverse selection of international participants who operate within and on the
periphery of design representing multiple disciplines and perspectives.

For security purposes – Meeting ID will be distributed through A+D Weekly.