NSF INSPIRE Track 1: The Informatics of Making
CCI Project Lead: William Regli (Co-Principal Investigator)
About the Project
The investigators propose to establish foundations of a new discipline that we call the Informatics of Making. In a nutshell, the disciplines encompasses four important components: (1) formal semantics of shape and material models and processes, (2) algorithmical or operational interpretations of this semantics; (3) data models and representations; and (4) applications where the newly developed information models play a critical role. The project aims to bridge the gap between design and manufacturing (that require deep understanding of geometry, materials, design, simulation, and the physics of manufacturing processes and assemblies across multiple scales) and classical foundations of computer and information science (specifically the algorithmics, the representation of data and organization of knowledge). Relevant impacted application examples include web-enabled on-demand manufacturing, 3D printing, robotic and robot-assisted assembly, cloud-based collaborations and simulations, as well as other emerging areas that are dominated by the need to generate, update, exchange, archive, and reuse shape and materials information.