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Doctoral school II

June 13 @ 12:00 pm - June 17 @ 12:00 pm UTC+0

The second Doctoral School will take place *physically* from Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 17 at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano. It will start with lunch on Monday and end after lunch on Friday.

The event will focus on *CAD* in its broadest sense, covering the historical development of the field, latest research results, applications, and the relevance for industry. It features keynote talks by GRAPES members and invited high-profile speakers, short presentation by the ESRs, work package meetings, supervisory board and educational committee meetings, and social activities.

Confirmed speakers include Fehmi Cirak (U. Cambridge), Adi Levin (Meta), and Ulrich Reif (TU Darmstadt).

You can download a pdf version of the preliminary programme here.


To register for the workshop, just send an e-mail with your name, affiliation, arrival and departure date, and dietary restrictions to kai.hormann@usi.ch before *May 20, 2022*.


The meeting will take place at the Faculty of Informatics of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).

East Campus
Via la Santa 1
6962 Lugano-Viganello

The main event will happen at room D1.14, on the first floor (one above the ground floor) of the D sector of the East Campus building. The registration desk will be on the ground floor of the D sector.

Travel instructions

To travel to Lugano, you will fly into Zurich or Milano Malpensa airport and then take a train (approximately 2 hours) to Lugano. Take bus #6 (direction Cornaredo) to get from the train station to the university (get off at stop “Campus Universitario”).


Lugano has numerous hotels, but we recommend the following hotels:

Hotel City ***, in walking distance from the university
Hotel Pestalozzi **, near the city centre
Hotel Zurigo ***, near the city centre

Social Dinner

The social dinner will take place on Thursday evening. Details will be announced here.


Times are in Central European Time (CET) zone.


Monday, June 13 Tuesday, June 14 Wednesday, June 15 Thursday, June 16 Friday, June 17
9:30 – 10:30 keynote #1, TBD Tor Dokken (SINTEF) – From CAD for Subtractive Manufacturing to Digital Twins for Additive Manufacturing Ulrich Reif (TU Darmstadt) – Degenerate Surface Patches Hendrik Speleers
(U. Tor Vergata) – Hierarchical spline spaces and efficient quasi-interpolation
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Shahroz Khan (ESR 10), Krunal Raval (ESR 13), Michelangelo Marsala (ESR 6) Amrutha B. Nair (ESR 3), Athanasios Zoumpekas (ESR 4), Rao Fu (ESR 15) Pablo González Mazón (ESR 5), Jean Michel Menjanahary (ESR 14), Andriamahenina Ramanantoanina (ESR 12) Konstantinos Tertikas (ESR 2), Arturs Berzins (ESR 9), Alexandros Georgiou (ESR 11)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00 Panagiotis Kaklis
(U. Strathclyde) – Shape-supervised Dimension Reduction
Sam Whyman (ITI) – The Current Status of Subdivision Surface Modelling Fehmi Cirak (U. Cambridge) Adi Levin (Meta) – A Ph.D’s career in the tech industry
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 parallel WP meetings Carles Checa (ESR 1), Eriola Hoxhaj (ESR 7) parallel WP meetings excursion
16:30 – 17:00 visit to CSCS
17:00 – 18:30 Educational Committee meeting Supervisory Board meeting
18:30 – 19:30 Apéro
19:30 – 21:00 Dinner



June 13 @ 12:00 pm UTC+0
June 17 @ 12:00 pm UTC+0


Kai Hormann


East Campus, Via la Santa 1
Lugano-Viganello, 6962 Switzerland
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