S3PM-2017 :: International Convention on

Shape, Solid, Structure, & Physical Modeling

Design, Modeling, Representation, Processing, Analysis, and Visualization of Shapes, Solids, Structures, Materials, Properties, and Behaviors.

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For Five Days,
discuss the research frontiers of Shape, Solid, Structure, & Physical Modeling (S3PM).

S3PM primarily focuses on the mathematical & algorithmic principles, as well as practical tools, for the design, modeling, representation, processing, analysis, and visualization of shapes, solids, structures, materials, properties, and behaviors.

S3PM-2017 will combine the two prime conferences in this area: (1) the Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling (SPM); and (2) the Shape Modeling International (SMI) Symposium. It will also Include the Fabrication and Sculpting Event (FASE), the Pierre Bézier Award Ceremony held by the Solid Modeling Association (SMA), keynote speakers of international reputation, industry panels, and several mini-symposia on important cutting-edge topics and research directions.

More details about the conference events, venue, agenda, speakers, and other logistics will be announced later.













S3PM Symposia

Two consecutive co-located symposia

Solid and Physical Modeling (SPM-2017)

Symposium: June 19th to 21st, 2017

The ACM Symposium on "Solid Modeling and Applications (SMA)," SPM has been the primary venue for disseminating research results in the design, representation, analysis, visualization, and use of digital models of real or planned solid objects and of their bounding surfaces. Its initial focus was on the theoretical and algorithmic tools that produce and exploit unambiguous representations of the geometry of such objects. Its broadening to "Solid and Physical Modeling (SPM)" extended the focus from solids to also include models of their internal structures, physical properties, and behaviors.

Deadlines: February 18th (abstract), March 3rd (full papers), 2017

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Shape Modeling International (SMI-2017)

Symposium: June 21st to 23rd, 2017

The "Shape Modeling International (SMI)" Symposium is the premier international forum for the dissemination of new mathematical theories and novel computational techniques for modeling, simulating, and processing digital shape representations. SMI gathers a wide community of researchers, developers, practitioners, and students in academia and industry. Conference proceedings will be published in a special issue of the Computer & Graphics Journal after a rigorous two-stage review process.

Deadlines: March 28th (abstract), April 3rd (full papers), 2017

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Additional Events

Fabrication and Sculpting Event (FASE)

Event: June 21st to 23rd, 2017

The "Fabrication and Sculpting Event (FASE)" presents original research at the intersection of theory and practice in shape modeling, fabrication and sculpting. FASE focuses on the practical problems of generating shapes and specifically addresses the interplay of theory and practice. FASE invites practitioners who have inspiring ideas to contribute their work concerned with techniques to design, sculpt and fabricate shapes. The work is expected to have clear algorithmic or mathematical aspects.

Deadline: May 15th (full papers), 2017

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S3PM :: Call for Mini-Symposia Proposals:

The Chairs of the Convention are inviting proposals for a small number of Mini-Symposia focused on emerging topics of high impact on the research and industrial communities.

We are inviting you to consider submitting a proposal and chairing it, if accepted. A mini-symposium will include 3 presentations (20 mins each) by the Chair and 2 invited speakers, or a brief introduction by the Chair and presentations by 3 invited speakers, followed by a panel and Q&A discussion.

The proposal should be submitted before April 15th, 2017 to s3pm@icsi.berkeley.edu. Feel free to contact us using the same e-mail address for any questions.

Each proposal should include: (1) title of the mini-symposium,(2) name, affiliation, and homepage link of the Chair, (3) list of speakers’ names with their affiliations and homepage links, and (4) brief outline and motivation for the importance of the topic.

For each presentation, the proposal should include: (1) title of the presentation, (2) speaker’s name, (3) short abstract (about 200 words), and (4) link to the most relevant paper.

Bézier Award 2017 :: Call for Nominations:

Sponsored by the Solid Modeling Association (SMA) and the Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling (SPM).

With the approval of the family of the late Pierre Bézier, the Solid Modeling Association established in 2007 the Pierre Bézier Award for contributions in Solid, Geometric and Physical Modeling and for their Applications. Pierre Bézier was one of the founders of these fields. Beginning with his work on representing curves, and continuing through his work on one of the first CAD/CAM systems at Renault (UNISURF), Pierre Bézier led the transformation of design and manufacturing, through mathematics and computing tools, into computer aided design and three dimensional modeling. He made contributions to computer control, interactive free-form curve and surface design and 3D milling for manufacturing clay models and masters. Bézier's approach to research exemplifies how the problems from the real world can drive scientific inquiry and lead to engineering accomplishments.

Solid, geometric and physical modeling have matured and have come a long way since the 1950s, resulting in a rich set of theories, mathematics and algorithms that define and manipulate representations of physical objects, their properties, and their associated abstractions. These representations are intimately tied to processes (such as simulation, design, manufacturing, and analysis) and application domains (automotive, aerospace, bio-medical, graphic arts, etc). These representations support the creation, exchange, simulation, visualization, animation, interrogation, and annotation of the digital models of the objects and their evolution.

CLICK HERE to see previous recepients of the Bézier Award, nomination process and timeline, and other details.

The Pierre Bézier Award and the acceptance lecture will be presented at the SPM-2017 Symposium on June 19-21.

UPDATE: An outstanding recipient of the prestigious Pierre Bézier Award has been selected and will be announced at S3PM-2017. The Jury included: Alexander Pasko, André Lieutier, Bert Juettler, Bianca Falcidieno, Elaine Cohen, George Allen, Hartmut Prautzsch, Jarek Rossignac, John Keyser, Kunwoo Lee, Leif Kobbelt, Malcolm Sabin, Nick Patrikalakis, Pere Bruet, Ralph Martin, Richard Riesenfeld, Roberto Scopigno, Tamas Varady, and Vadim Shapiro.

Keynote Speakers

World-renowned scientists and engineers

Digital Human Teleportation using Deep Learning

Time and Location: TBA

The age of immersive technologies will create a growing need for processing detailed visual representations of ourselves as virtual reality (VR) is growing into the next generation platform for online communication. A realistic simulation of our presence in such virtual world is unthinkable without a compelling and directable 3D digitization of ourselves. With the wide availability of mobile cameras and the emergence of low-cost VR head mounted displays (HMD), my research goal is to build a comprehensive and deployable teleportation framework for realistic 3D face-to-face communication in cyberspace. By pushing the boundaries in data-driven human digitization as well as bridging concepts in computer graphics and deep learning research, I will showcase several highlights of our current research, from photorealistic avatar creation from a single image, facial performance-sensing head mounted displays, and full-body dynamic shape capture. I will also introduce new deep learning tools for processing clothed 3D human bodies, inferring photorealistic 3D faces from unconstrained low resolution images, as well as demonstrate the latest highlights from Pinscreen.

Hao Li

CEO/Co-Founder of Pinscreen
Professor of Computer Science at University of Southern California

Hao Li is CEO/Co-Founder of Pinscreen, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, and the Director of the Vision and Graphics Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Hao's work in Computer Graphics and Computer Vision focusses on digitizing humans and capturing their performances for immersive communication and telepresence in virtual worlds. His research involves the development of novel geometry processing, data-driven, and deep learning algorithms. He is known for his seminal work in non-rigid shape alignment, real-time facial performance capture, hair digitization, and dynamic full body capture. He was previously a visiting professor at Weta Digital, a research lead at Industrial Light & Magic / Lucasfilm, and a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia and Princeton Universities. He was named top 35 innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2013 and was also awarded the Google Faculty Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant, as well as the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair. He obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich and his MSc at the University of Karlsruhe (TH).

Driving 3D and 4D Printing Forward with Computational Design

Time and Location: TBA

The recent rise in digital fabrication, including 3D and 4D printing, may be the best thing that has ever happened to the area of computational design. For years we have been developing algorithms and methods for automatically generating and optimizing designs from large, complex solution spaces. Today, designers struggle with just this, to design parts that take full advantage of the complex shapes and material combinations that are now possible with 3D printing. 4D printing extends on this to enable designs to reconfigure themselves in time after printing. This is a new and exciting playground for computational design. Highlights of our research on novel methods for automatically generating, simulating, and optimizing structural and mechanical systems that can be directly fabricated with 3D printing are presented. The focus is on a multi-material polymer-based process that has also enabled the development of tunable, multi-stable, reconfigurable 4D printed structures.

Kristina Shea

Professor of Engineering Design and Computing at ETH Zürich

Kristina Shea is Professor for Engineering Design and Computing in Mechanical and Processing Engineering at ETH Zürich since 2012. Her research focuses on developing cutting-edge computational models, methods and tools that enable the design of more novel and optimized engineered systems and products as well as to automate design and fabrication processes. Currently her research group focuses on new computational design methods for 3D and 4D printing as well as computational design synthesis. She graduated in Mechanical Engineering (BS 1993; MS 1995; PhD 1997) from Carnegie Mellon University (US). She has held academic positions at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), University of Cambridge (UK) and TU München (Germany) and worked as a Senior Engineer at Arup (London, UK). She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Restricted Constrained Delaunay Triangulations

Time and Location: TBA

Surface meshes are used extensively in computer graphics, boundary element methods, and many other applications. Researchers have sought surface triangulations that have formal mathematical properties similar to those enjoyed by Delaunay triangulations in the plane. They succeeded by inventing the "restricted Delaunay triangulation," which is a subcomplex of the three-dimensional Delaunay triangulation. In other words, given a smooth surface embedded in three-dimensional space, we compute a set of points lying on the surface, we compute the 3D Delaunay triangulation of those points, and we select a subset of its triangles to serve as a triangulation of the surface. This subset of triangles, the restricted Delaunay triangulation, has proven itself as a mathematically powerful tool for surface meshing and surface reconstruction. I address a question of Bruno Levy: can we constrain restricted Delaunay triangulations to include specified edges? That is, can we define a mathematically well-behaved, Delaunay-like, edge-constrained triangulation on a smooth surface? We do so by defining a specialized Voronoi diagram on the surface, then dualizing it to obtain a triangulation. But to force specified edges to appear in this triangulation, we must perform topological surgery on the surface...and that's where things get weird and interesting. (This work is done jointly with Marc Khoury and Marc van Kreveld.)

Jonathan R. Shewchuk

Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley

Jonathan Shewchuk is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. He is best known for his software Triangle for high-quality triangular mesh generation, which won the 2003 James Hardy Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Software, and his "Introduction to the Conjugate Gradient Method Without the Agonizing Pain." His book "Delaunay Mesh Generation," written jointly with Siu-Wing Cheng and Tamal Dey, is available from CRC Press.

Conference Schedule

Contributed Talks, Mini-Symposia, & Other Events

The conference agenda will be announced later.

The conference agenda will be announced later.

The conference agenda will be announced later.

The conference agenda will be announced later.

The conference agenda will be announced later.

Location and Venue

Great Lodging, Great Food, & Magnificent Sights

"Vibrant. Dynamic. Cutting edge. The San Francisco Bay Area is a global hub of commerce, innovation, culture and recreation. UC Berkeley sits in the East Bay region with easy access to both San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and a few hours from Yosemite, Napa Valley, Point Reyes and Lake Tahoe. When visiting UC Berkeley, we encourage you to explore the area, hike in the hills, indulge in the California food scene and enjoy the culture and optimism of one of the most desirable areas in the world." Click here for more...

  Convention Venue

University of California, Berkeley

Banatao Auditorium

310 Sutardja Dai Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


  Reserved Lodging

Option 1: Hotel Shattuck Plaza

2086 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Tel: (510) 845-7300


Note: The group rate ($239/night) will be available for a reserved block of rooms, until the block sells out and before May 17th, whichever comes first. You can use booking code 1706S3PM to make a reservation online or by calling the hotel directly at (510) 845-7300.

Option 2: The Bancroft Hotel

2680 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Tel: (510) 549-1000


Note: The group rate ($149/night) will be available for a reserved block of rooms, until the block sells out and before May 17th, whichever comes first. Please contact the hotel directly at (510) 549-1000 and mention the "S3PM Convention" to make a reservation.

Update: Currently, the Bancroft Hotel is almost fully sold out, with a very limited number of rooms left.

  Other Lodging

Option 3: Claremont Club and Spa

41 Tunnel Road

Berkeley, CA 94705, USA

Tel: (510) 843-3000


Option 4: The Graduate Berkeley

(Formerly Hotel Durant)

2600 Durant Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Tel: (510) 845-8981


Click here to check other lodging options.

  Berkeley highlights

  Beyond Berkeley

  San Fransisco

Less than one hour away via Bay Area Rapid Transport (BART)!

  • Pier 39: From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines.
  • Golden Gate Bridge: Once called "the bridge that couldn't be built," today it is one the seven wonders of the modern world.
  • Golden Gate Park: One of the largest urban parks in the world, Golden Gate Park stretches for three miles on the western edge of San Francisco.
  • Lombard Street: This scenic road on Russian Hill features tight turns, fragrant gardens and beautiful views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower.
  • Alcatraz Island: Alcatraz became a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963, housing famous convicts such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly.
  • California Academy of Sciences: Home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world-class research and education programs,.

See more on the top 20 San Fransisco attractions. And here is a video review by New York Times!

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Convention Organizers

See SPM, SMI, and FASE webpages for Program Chairs

Vadim Shapiro

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison & ICSI

Convention Chair

Sara McMains

Univ. of California, Berkeley

Conference Chair

Jarek Rossignac

Georgia Tech

Conference Chair

Leah Hitchcock


Local Arrangements Chair

Morad Behandish


Publicity Chair

Sponsors & Partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch

So far, we have five financial sponsors supporting S3PM: Autodesk (Gold), Siemens (Gold), PARC (Gold), University of Wisconsin (Gold), and Elsevier (Silver).

The S3PM-2017 is held "in-cooperation" with ACM/SIGGRAPH and EuroGraphics. ACM and EG members will benefit from special discounts for registration.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing travel funding for supporting student attendees.

The S3PM-2017 is hosted by the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), a leading independent, nonprofit center for research in computer science.