2 Case Studies

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Keller 3-180
Kristin Brewer (Boeing Commercial Airplane Company), John Hoffman (CyberOptics)
Kristin Brewer: Mathematics & the Boeing Company

Airplanes are designed in many complex ways and manufacturing them is just as hard as the design process. The manufacturing of composites poses interesting geometric challenges which can be solved using mathematics. I will describe the composite manufacturing process and how mathematics is used to address challenges while making airplanes.

John Hoffman: Phase Profilometry, How to Measure (Small Parts of) the World in Real Time

3D measurement is an unsung enabling technology. 3D measurement sensors enabled the second DARPA challenge to succeed, they are enabling archeologists to discover forgotten ancient civilizations, and they are heavily used in manufacturing lines for process control and improvement.

This talk will describe the physics and mathematical concepts of Phase Profilometry. Phase Profilometry is the technique used by Cyber Optics to build 3D sensors that take more 3D height measurements / second than any other 3D sensor in the world.