Bernd Bickel
Assistant Professor, IST Austria

Bernd Bickel is an Assistant Professor, heading the Computer Graphics and Digital Fabrication group at IST Austria. He is a computer scientist interested in computer graphics and its overlap into robotics, computer vision, biomechanics, material science, and digital fabrication. His main objective is to push the boundaries of how digital content can be efficiently created, simulated, and reproduced.

Bernd obtained his Master's degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2006. For his PhD studies, Bernd joined the group of Markus Gross who is a full professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich and the director of Disney Research Zurich. From 2011-2012, Bernd was a visiting professor at TU Berlin, and in 2012 he became a research scientist and research group leader at Disney Research. In early 2015 he joined IST Austria.

Bernd's work focuses on two closely related challenges: (1) developing novel modeling and simulation methods, and (2) investigating efficient data-driven representation and editing algorithms for materials, shapes, and functional objects. Recent work includes: theoretical foundations and practical algorithms for measuring and modeling the deformation behavior of soft tissue; simulating and reproducing fundamental properties, such as elasticity, surface reflectance, and subsurface scattering; and computational design systems for efficiently creating functional artifacts such as deformable objects and mechanical systems.


2019 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award
2017 ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award
2016 ERC Starting Grant
2015 Microsoft Visual Computing Award
2012 EUROGRAPHICS Best PhD Thesis
2011 ETH Medal for outstanding dissertation

Professional Activities

Conference co-founder ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication
Co-organizer Dagstuhl seminar on Computational Aspects of Fabrication, 2014, 2018
Technical papers co-chair for Pacific Graphics 2016
SIGGRAPH papers committee 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Graphics 


ERC Starting Grant Materializable


Bernd Bickel
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) 
Am Campus 1
A – 3400 Klosterneuburg
E-mail: bernd.bickel AT


Caroline Petz
Phone: +43 (0)2243 9000-1209
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