Published: March 14, 2017
Photo of Hyunjoo Oh
photo of a PaperMech fish created by Hyunjoo Oh

ATLAS doctoral student Hyunjoo Oh has been chosen as a member of the Spring 2017 cohort at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Artists in Residence (AIR) program in San Francisco. The selective and prestigious program gives artists, makers and fabricators the opportunity to work in the program’s digital fabrication workshops at Autodesk.

Oh is one of the 22 successful applicants from across the country and world. The four-month program supports the artists with a $2,000-per-month stipend plus a budget for project supplies.

“It is a great opportunity for me, not only to use leading edge fabrication machines, but also to get to know and join an amazing community where diverse, talented people work and support each other,” said Oh, who will be with Autodesk through May.

During the program, artists create projects to share them with the Pier 9 community. During her residency, Oh plans to explore 3D paper printing—using a 3D printer to build objects out of cut-and-glued sheets of paper—as another way to approach computationally enhanced papercrafting.

This work aligns with her doctoral research at ATLAS, where she’s developing a computational design tool, PaperMech, and prototyping techniques for integrating papercraft with mechanical, electrical and digital components. The goal of PaperMech is to encourage novices to design machines using her digital tools provided, choosing and adapting the motion and mechanism, then printing out the machine and building a prototype, complete with gears, wheels, motors and controllers.

Oh holds two master’s degrees: one from Carnegie Mellon University in entertainment technology and one in Media Interaction Design from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. 

She is co-advised by Mark D Gross, professor of computer science and director of the ATLAS Institute, and Mike Eisenberg, professor of computer science.