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  Kenji Shimada

Computational Engineering &
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Dr. Kenji Shimada is Theodore Ahrens Professor in Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering (courtesy appointment), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (courtesy appointment), and the Robotics Institute (courtesy appointment).  Dr. Shimada received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Tokyo, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are in the areas of geometric modeling, computational geometry, computer graphics, factory robotics, computer assisted surgery, and human body simulation. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon in 1996, he was Manager of Graphics Applications at IBM Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory. At IBM Research Dr. Shimada initiated and led various research and consultation projects with IBM customers and the Japanese government, as well as with the company’s internal product development and manufacturing groups. At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Shimada has explored a new physically based approach to key geometric problems in engineering and medical applications, such as finite element mesh generation, interactive curve and surface design, three-dimensional shape reconstruction, robotic path generation, and surgical planning. His physically based mesh generation method, BubbleMesh(TM), has been licensed to and used by over 50 companies in manufacturing industries. A member of ACM, ASME, IEEE Computer Society, JSIAM, and SAE, Dr. Shimada is the recipient of a number of awards, including Best Author Award from the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2006, ASME Design Automation Best Paper Award in 2004, IPSJ Best Paper Award in 2002, NSF CAREER Award in 2000, Honda Initiation Grant Award in 1998, George Tallman Ladd Award for Excellence in Research from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1998, IPSJ Yamashita SIG Research Award in 1994, and Nicograph Best Paper Award in 1994. Shimada currently serves on the editorial board of four international journals and has served as Chairman of many academic conferences and committees, including Geometric Modeling and Processing in 2006, ASME Design Automation Conference in 2004, Symposium on Unstructured Mesh Generation in 2001, and International Meshing Roundtable in 1999. He is the author or co-author of over 130 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and the inventor or co-inventor of over 20 patents in the US, Japan, and Europe.

Education

1993  Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (Minor:Business), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1985  M.S., Precision Machinery Engineering, The University of Tokyo 

1983  B.S., Precision Machinery Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Professional Experience

present - 2007  Theodore Ahrens Professor in Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

present - 2004  President and CEO, CIESPACE  Corporation, Pittsburgh, USA.

present - 2003  Professor, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

present - 2002  Courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

2003- 2001  Associate Professor, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

present - 1998  Courtesy faculty appointment in the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

2001 – 1996  Assistant Professor, the Department of Mechanical Engineering Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

1996 – 1995  Manager, IBM Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan.

1995 – 1993  Project Leader, IBM Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan.

1993 – 1989  IBM Japan Overseas Scholar

1989 – 1985  Researcher, IBM Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan.

Honors

2007  Theodore Ahrens Professorship in Engineering

2006  Best Author Award, Japan Society of Industrial Mathematics

2005  Best Technical Poster Award, the 14th International Meshing Roundtable (with S. Yamakawa)

2004   ASME Design Automation Best Paper Award

2002   IPSJ Best Paper Award (Information Processing Society of Japan)

2000   NSF CAREER Award

2000   Best Poster Award, the 9th International Meshing Roundtable (with S. Yamakawa).

1998   The George Tallman Ladd Award for Excellence in Research  (The Carnegie Institute of Technology)

1998   Honda Initiation Grant Award

1994   Nihon Computer Graphics Society Best Paper Award

1994   IPSJ Yamashita SIG Research Award (Information Processing Society of Japan)

1989   IBM Overseas Scholarship

Academic Activities

Journal Editorial Board
• Computer-Aided Geometric Design, guest editor, special issue on Geometric Modeling and Processing, 2006-2007.
• Computer-Aided Design, guest editor, special issue on Geometric Modeling and Processing, 2006-2007.
• International Journal of Automotive Technology, 2005 – present.
• Computer Aided Design and Applications, 2004 – present.
• ASME Journal of Computers and Information Science in Engineering, guest editor, special issue on Mesh-Based Geometric Data Processing, 2003 – 2005.
• International Journal of the Society of CAD/CAM Engineers, 2000 – present.
• Computer-Aided Design, guest editor, special issue on Advances in Mesh Generation, 1999 – 2000.
• Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 1994 – 1997.

Conference Chair
• Paper Chair, Geometric Modeling and Processing, 2005-2006.
• Conference Chair, the 30th ASME Design Automation Conference, 2004.
• Paper Chair, the 29th ASME Design Automation Conference, 2003.
• International Paper Chair, the 28th ASME Design Automation Conference, 2002.
• Symposium Co-Chair, the 3rd Symposium on Unstructured Mesh Generation (Sixth US National Congress on Computational Mechanics), 2001.
• Conference Chair, the 8th International Meshing Roundtable, 1999.

Committee Chair
• Committee Chair, ASME Design Automation Executive Committee, 2004-2005.

Conference Organizing/Program/Scientific Committee Member
• Member, Conference Program Committee, 2009 Shape Modeling International, 2008-2009.
• Member, Conference Advisory Board, CAD09, 2008-2009.
• Organizer, The First A*STAR-NTU/MAE-CMU/ME Workshop, 2007.
• Member, Conference Advisory Board, CAD08, 2007-2008.
• Member, Conference Steering Committee, Geometric Modeling and Processing (GMP), 2006 – 2007.
• Member, Scientific Committee, the 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and
Rapid Prototyping (VRAP 2007), 2006-2007.
• Member, Program Committee, 2007 ACM Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling (SPM), 2006-2007.
• Member, Conference Advisory Board, CAD07, 2006-2007.
• Member, Conference Advisory Board, CAD06, 2005-2006.
• Member, Program Committee, 2005 ACM Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling (SPM), 2004-2005.
• Member, International Program Committee, Computer Graphics International (CGI), 2004-2005.
• Member, Organizing Committee, Geometric Modeling and Processing 2004, 2003-2004.
• Member, Conference Advisory Board, CAD05, 2004-2005.
• Member, Conference Advisory Board, CAD04, 2003-2004.
• Member, Organizing Committee, Geometric Modeling and Processing 2002, 2001-2002.
• Member, Program Committee, Pacific Graphics 2001, 2000 – 2001.
• Paper review coordinator, the ASME Design Automation Conferences, 1999 – 2002.
• Member, Steering Committee, the 8th International Meshing Roundtable, 1998 – 1999.
• Member, Steering Committee, the 7th International Meshing Roundtable, 1997 – 1998.
• Member, Program Committee of Graphics and CAD Symposium, Information Processing Society of Japan, 1995 – 1996.

 

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