About Us

ARCADES aims at disrupting the traditional paradigm in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) by exploiting cutting-edge research in mathematics and algorithm design. Geometry is now a critical tool in a large number of key applications; somewhat surprisingly, however, several approaches of the CAD industry are outdated, and 3D geometry processing is becoming increasingly the weak link. This is alarming in sectors where CAD faces new challenges arising from fast point acquisition, big data, and mobile computing, but also in robotics, simulation, animation, fabrication and manufacturing, where CAD strives to address crucial societal and market needs. The challenge taken up by ARCADES is to invert the trend of CAD industry lagging behind mathematical breakthroughs and to build the next generation of CAD software based on strong foundations from algebraic geometry, differential geometry, scientific computing, and algorithm design. Our game-changing methods lead to real-time modelers for architectural geometry and visualisation, to isogeometric and design-through-analysis software for shape optimisation, and marine design & hydrodynamics, and to tools for motion design, robot kinematics, path planning, and control of machining tools.

Project facts

  • ΑRCADES is funded under the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 call and is part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions — Innovative Training Networks (ITN) funding scheme.
  • Grant agreement No: 675789
  • Action full title: Algebraic Representations in Computer-Aided Design for complEx Shapes
  • Granting authority: Research Executive Agency
  • Duration: 48 Months (01/2016 — 12/2019)


  • Project Coordinator: Ioannis Z. Emiris (emiris AT athena-innovation.gr)
  • Technical Coordinator:  Christos Konaxis (ckonaxis AT di.uoa.gr)
  • Educational Committee: 
    • Laurent Busé (Chair) (Laurent.Buse AT inria.fr)
    • Panagiotis Kaklis
    • Carlos D’Andrea
    • Georg Muntingh
  • Advisory Committee:
    • Stefan Boschert (Siemens)
    • Alicia Dickenstein (U. Buenos Aires)
    • Tom Grandine (Boeing)
    • Stefanie Hahmann (U. Grenoble, INRIA)
    • Maria Lucia Sampoli (U. Siena)