Represented at the conference was Autodesk Inc., the San Rafael-based design software company. The company, which is a conference sponsor, unveiled a new logo and brand emphasizing an expansion beyond its traditional industries such as architecture and engineering into areas such as biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Researcher Skylar Tibbits of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who collaborates with Autodesk, spoke Tuesday about designing self-assembling objects. University of Oregon ecologist Jessica Green is scheduled to speak later about design on a tiny scale.
Both speakers are working with a new Autodesk team focused on applying design concepts such as computer simulation to biotechnology and molecular science, said team leader Carlos Olguin.