Haingoharijao Faniriniaina Ramandiamanana (ESR 8)

2020: MSc. in Machine Intelligence issued by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Rwanda
2019: MSc. in Mathematical Sciences issued by Stellenbosch University and AIMS, South Africa
2018: Master I (first year of Master) in Fundamental Mathematics at University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
2017: Bachelor’s degree in Fundamental Mathematics issued by University of Antananarivo, Madagascar

Research activities:
2020: Final master project entitled ‘Alleviating posterior invariances with optimal transport’ supervised by Prof. Justin Solomon, Massachusetts Institute for Technology
2019: Final master project entitled ‘The Rogers-Ramanujan identities’ supervised by Dr. Dimbinaina Ralaivaosaona, Stellenbosch University

Research Project: Machine Learning for Geometric design.
Advisor: Leif Kobbelt
Institution: RWTH Aachen University, Germany

For geometric data, ML methods so far have mostly been applied to analytic tasks. Only recently, first synthesis tasks have been addressed leading to the generation of new 3D models in a data-driven manner. The design process for new models with these techniques, however, is mostly restricted to a ” modeling-by-example” paradigm where (partial) models are taken as input and analogous shapes are created. This refers to the traditional criticism that internal (hidden) representations within a NN often lack any intuitive interpretability. Our goal is to explore NN architectures and training algorithms that promote meaningful internal representations such that they can be used as control handles for interactive design.

Expected Results: Algorithms to train and apply data-driven methods (e.g.~deep NN) for generative geometric design tasks such as shape deformation and style editing. Proof-of-Concept implementation for demonstration and evaluation.

The project will take place at RWTH Aachen University at the Visual Computing Institute. The PhD will be awarded by the Dept. of Computer Science of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences at RWTH Aachen.

Secondments are planned at industrial member GeometryFactory (Sophia-Antipolis, France) by September 2022 and at industrial partner ModuleWorks (Aachen, Germany) by October 2021.


  • Under preparation