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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Coding artwork: Engineering faculty member creates visual designs using math modeling software | RIT University News Services

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"P. Venkataraman develops unique and colorful illustrations of math problems solved" notes Michelle Cometa, Part of RIT's University News team. 

Photo: P. Venkataraman
MATLAB—a math modeling software—is used to design sophisticated structures. Engineering professor Panchapakesan Venkataram found an equally creative use for the popular software: designing intricate and elaborate artwork. He’ll showcase this work for the first time at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

Participants to his interactive exhibit “Wow your curve: Spin it into visual design,” in the Gordon Field House, can create their own colorful illustrations using Bezier curves.

MATLAB is a software platform used to solve engineering and scientific problems through computational mathematics. It is capable of 2D and 3D graphical plotting functions. Originally developed by Pierre Bezier in 1968, his curve is one means of illustrating aerodynamic systems such as airplane wings, vehicles and wind turbines, for example, before they are manufactured.

A gallery of images by P. Venkataraman can be found at:

Source: RIT University News Services