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CARLOS OLGUIN
Carlos Olguin
I partner with world-class experts to program awesome applications in matter. In 2011, I founded the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter group at Autodesk Research. The video below highlights some of the collaborations done under my leadership.
I partner with world-class experts to program awesome applications in matter.
CARLOS OLGUINI partner with world-class experts to program awesome applications in matter. In 2011, I founded the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter group at Autodesk Research. The video below highlights some of the collaborations done under my leadership. Based on the success of these collaborations, we grew gradually from one to thirty amazing scientists, designers, (business) developers, project specialists, and a PR lead.

We sought to co-develop tools that would dramatically lower the skill threshold in these complex new spaces, allowing more people to get involved to solve important problems, unified by a nascent design pattern to program matter, from molecular therapeutics to the next –self-assembly-driven– manufacturing revolution. Our joint work has been featured or referenced in The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, Fast Company, two TED.com talks [ 1 ] [ 2 ], DLD, Wired, Techonomy, among other places and media outlets. We have also co-published in academic journals such as Nature Scientific Reports and Architectural Design. More ...

I later assisted the Design Graph team. The Design Graph is a strategic iniative within Autodesk that uses geometric shape analysis and machine learning to support design workflows across a number of industries.

Prior to joining Autodesk Research, I was an interaction designer in domains such as 3D/2D modeling, web search engines, social media, and risk management –the latter on a project for Guggenheim Partners called Riskometry, where Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman was a stakeholder. In the early 2000s I joined a startup called Unext as a distributed systems engineer and left as a principal learning architect. There I collaborated with and learned from Don Norman, and other experts in design, cognitive sciences, and pedagogy.

In 2001, I earned a MSc in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon. In my thesis I proposed and implemented a service brokerage deployment architecture. I hold a BSc in Electronics and Communications from ITESM Campus Monterrey (Mexico). I have also completed accredited graduate studies in systems and molecular biology, first at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in 2006, and from 2008 to 2011 at Columbia University.
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In 2011, I formed the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter (BNPM) group at Autodesk Research. This video highlights some of the collaborations done under my leadership.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

C. Olguin. “Programming Matter across Domains and Scale”. JBIS Vol 67 No 07-09 – July-September 2014.

D. Raviv, W. Zhao, C. McKnelly, A. Papadopoulou, A. Kadambi, B. Shi, S. Hirsch, D. Dikovsky, M. Zyracki, C. Olguin, R. Raskar and S. Tibbits. “Active Printed Materials for Complex Self-Evolving Deformations”. Nature Scientific Reports, 4, 7422, [online] doi:10.1038/srep07422, 2014.

D. Benjamin, D. Nagy and C. Olguin “Growing Details”. Architectural Design. Special Issue: Future Details of Architecture. Vol. 84 Issue 4. Editor: H. Castle, Guest-edited by Mark Garcia, July/August 2014

E. Scher, Y. Luo, A. Berliner, J. Quinn, C. Olguin and Y. Cai. “Genome Carver: harvesting genetic parts from genomes to support biological design automation” in Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation. Boston, MA. July 11-12, 2014.

W. Zhao & C. Olguin. “From Games and Films to Molecular Simulation and Design”. Conference Proceedings: Nanotech Conference and Expo. 2011.

C. Olguin & A. Almberg. “PearlView: Non-Disruptive Hyper-List Browsing”. Conference Proceedings: Nordic Design Research Conference. 2005.

C. Olguin, N. Tamas, E. Bratton & J. Kruper. “MOOD: From Bucket Based Learning to Socially Mediated, Highly Contextual Learning Experiences”. Conference Proceedings: ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 2004.

SELECTED TALKS AND PANELS

Techonomy panel. Half Moon Bay. November 11, 2014. “Innovating Tools for Quantifying the Self, and Future Self”.

TTI Vanguard Reprogramming Programming Conference. Talk. September 30, 2014. Washington, D.C.

DLD, Digital-Life-Design. Talk. Munich, Germany. January 2014.

SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE

Fast Company. March 16, 2015. “Physical Objects Are About To Become As Programmable As A Computer”.

Synbiobeta. January, 23, 2015. “Designing Life”.

The Economist. January 18, 2014. “Platforms. Something to stand on”.

New York Times. February 25, 2013. "For Autodesk, a Step Into a Nanoscale World”.

Forbes. July 11, 2011. “The Bioweathermap Sees The Germs Around Us”.