Burak Kara’s research develops new computational techniques and software to support product design and user interaction with design tools. His research interests include CAD/CAE, product design and styling, geometric modeling, shape analysis, design for additive manufacturing, user interfaces for design, pen computing, and artificial intelligence. While founded in mechanical engineering, his research draws upon several related disciplines including computer graphics, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.

One of Kara’s recent research projects involves developing a sketch-based, 3D geometric modeling tool. This work aims to help designers construct, modify, and fluidly interact with 3D geometry through a 2D sketch-based interface. The techniques enable a rapid creation and manipulation of 3D shapes, and are particularly effective for concept development and styling design. Other ongoing projects include: shape abstraction, study of aesthetic product forms, design for additive manufacturing, free-form surface feature modeling, data-driven shape design, and engineering design and analysis from image-based representations.

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Generating 3-D Models Using Simple Interaction Techniques


2004 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2000 MS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

1998 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Technical University

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Lightening the load

Kate Whitefoot and Burak Kara are developing methods allowing manufacturers to redesign multiple parts into one continuous part using 3-D printing.

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Using AI to solve real-world problems

In MechE’s Levent Burak Kara’s project-based graduate course, students applied their skills in artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve real-world problems outside the classroom.

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Lighter weight, lower costs in 3-D printing

Levent Burak Kara develops ways to best bolster lightweight, 3-D printed materials and reduce production costs.

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Advancing additive manufacturing in aerospace

Carnegie Mellon engineers are leading a collaborative initiative to develop computational technologies for optimal design and fabrication of complex core structures for the aerospace industry.