I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at ETH Zürich in the Interactive Geometry Lab and Block Research Group where I work on structurally-informed geometry processing. I am supported by the Marie Curie/ETHZ Fellowship.

I recently completed my PhD at MIT in Computer Graphics and Architecture. My thesis focused on modeling mechanics of masonry structures, advised by Frédo Durand and John Ochsendorf. I also collaborated with Barb Cutler at RPI. My research was funded partially by the Canadian NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship.

I received my MS in Design & Computation from MIT in 2006. My thesis research with Seth Teller focused on automatic interpretation of CAD drawings. I received my BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2004. My senior thesis was on high dynamic range images, under the direction of Sabry El-Hakim and Demetri Terzopoulos.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, climbing, and playing the flute.


contact info
CAB G 88, ETH Zentrum, Universitätstrasse 6, 8092 Zürich Switzerland

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06.2012 I received the ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship (Marie Curie Co-Fund) for my proposed research on structurally-informed geometry processing with Professors Olga Sorkine and Philippe Block.
11.2011 Joined the IGL and Block labs at ETH Zurich as a Postdoctoral Researcher
11.2011 I successfully defended and submitted my PhD Thesis!
03.2011 Featured on the PBS NOVA series: The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers


Procedural Modeling of Structurally-Sound Masonry Buildings
Emily Whiting, John Ochsendorf and Frédo Durand
SIGGRAPH Asia 2009

Digital Reconstruction and 4D Presentation through Time
SIGGRAPH 2008 (Talk)

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Topology of Urban Environments
Emily Whiting, Yoni Battat and Seth Teller
CAAD Futures 2007 (12th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design)

Awarded Best Paper Presentation

Constrained Planar Remeshing for Architecture
Barbara Cutler and Emily Whiting
Graphics Interface 2007


Detailed 3D Modelling of Castles
Sabry El-Hakim, Lorenzo Gonzo, Francesca Voltolini, Stefano Girardi, Alessandro Rizzi, Fabio Remondino and Emily Whiting
International Journal of Architectural Computing, June 2007

constrained planar remeshing

Constrained Planar Remeshing for Architecture
Barbara Cutler and Emily Whiting
Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2006 (Poster)

3D Modeling with Reusable and Integrated Building Blocks
Sabry El-Hakim, Emily Whiting and Lorenzo Gonzo
Optical 3D Measurement Techniques 2005


A Hierarchical 3D Reconstruction Approach for Documenting Complex Heritage Sites
Sabry El-Hakim, J.-Angelo Beraldin, Lorenzo Gonzo, Emily Whiting and M. Jemtrud
20th CIPA International Symposium
ICOMOS & ISPRS Committee on Documentation of Cultural Heritage 2005

3D Reconstruction of Complex Architectures from Multiple Data
Sabry El-Hakim, Emily Whiting, Lorenzo Gonzo and Stephano Girardi
3D-ARCH: Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures 2005

Digital Recording of Aboriginal Rock Art
Sabry El-Hakim, John Fryer, Michel Picard, and Emily Whiting
10th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, November 2004

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Photo-Realistic 3-D Reconstruction of Castles with Multiple-Sources Image-Based Techniques
Lorenzo Gonzo, Sabry El-Hakim, Michel Picard, Stephano Girardi, and Emily Whiting
20th ISPRS Congress 2004


Sabry El-Hakim et al. (contributed to scene modeling)
SIGGRAPH 2002 Video Review, Animation Theater Program

ph.d. thesis

Design Of Structurally-Sound Masonry Buildings Using 3D Static Analysis
Ph.D. Thesis, MIT, Department of Architecture
Advisors: John Ochsendorf and Fredo Durand
February 2012

m.s. thesis

Geometric, Topological & Semantic Analysis of Multi-building Floor Plan Data
M.S. Thesis, MIT, Department of Architecture
Supervisor: Seth Teller, Co-supervisor: Takehiko Nagakura, Reader: Axel Kilian
May 2006
Awarded Thesis Prize in Architecture

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Realism in 3D Virtual Spaces: Improving Photo-Realism in Image-based Modeling Systems Through Application of High Dynamic Range Imagery
B.A.Sc. Thesis, University of Toronto, Division of Engineering Science
Supervisors: Sabry El-Hakim and Demetri Terzopoulos
August 2002