The CDL research activities are in the area of Computational Design and Synthesis of Mechanical Systems.

In particular, our research focuses on the development of new engineering models, representations, algorithms, and design semantics to enable systematic, and efficient design, analysis and manufacturing of engineering artifacts.

Research Assistantships are available to highly qualified students.

Open PhD positions:

We are looking for outstanding, creative and motivated PhD students with strong programming and mathematical skills as well as experience and/or interests in the general areas of geometric modeling, virtual reality, and human computer interaction.

UConn's strategic location on the East Coast is given by its proximity to New York City and Boston, the many beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, and the mountains of Vermont. More information can be found here.

If you are interested to join us

Please submit:

  1. your cv;
  2. a brief research statement detailing how your interests fit the current research in the lab;
  3. the coordinates (including e-mail addresses) of three references, and
  4. a link to your previous research publications.

to Prof. Horea Ilies

Please note that I do NOT sponsor summer internships.

Current Research Projects

Shape Complementarity

Point Cloud Processing

Manipulative Hand Gestures

Protein Machines

Medical Devices

Artificial Intelligence in Design


Prof. Horea Ilies

Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Connecticut
191 Auditorium Avenue
Storrs, CT 06269
email: ilies at