photo courtesy of Autodesk
Autodesk – a multinational company that provides tools for architects, engineers, designers and visual artists – recently announced that its new Toronto home will be the second and third floors of the MaRS West Tower. The company will also occupy the street-level space at the northwest corner of the building, which will be transformed into an event space, and design sandbox for the community to explore and engage with new technologies that are shaping the future of making and manufacturing. Autodesk press release
More than 100 University of Toronto graduates have worked for Autodesk, and Alias|Wavefront (later Alias), the company acquired by Autodesk in 2006.
Many computer science alumni are still working with Autodesk Research and have co-authored upwards of 100 papers in conjunction with U of T. Graduate Gordon Kurtenbach (MSc 1988, PhD 1993) is now senior director of research at Autodesk.
In 2012, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada awarded the 20-year partnership between Autodesk Research and U of T with a Synergy Award for Innovation. The partnership was established by U of T’s Dynamic Graphics Project including Professor Eugene Fiume (MSc 1983, PhD 1986), Kurtenbach, and Bill Buxton (MSc 1978, Doctorate in Science, honoris causa), now a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.
Autodesk continues to collaborate with researchers across U of T, including many initiatives such as Semaphore Research Cluster and Team Attollo.
"We’re thrilled to be moving to MaRS to be close to leading research groups and incredible talent," said Kurtenbach.
"Autodesk views design computation as an emerging cross-disciplinary paradigm that cuts through so many applications from medicine to knowledge-based manufacturing. We see a great opportunity in expanding our collaborations with the University of Toronto, while building on our province’s strong foundation in health science and manufacturing."
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