Prof. Dr. Tobias Friedrich

Geometric Folding Algorithms

MSc Lecture - Summer 2019


How can structures made out of rods connected by hinges be reconfigured? What shapes can be folded out of a piece of paper? How to fold and unfold 3-dimensional polyhedra?  In this course, we will consider these types of questions from a mathematical and algorithmic perspective. Applications range from art (origami design) over engineering to biology (protein folding).

Dates and Location

We meet every Wednesday, 13:30-15:00, in A-1.2. The fist meeting will take place at April 17th.


The seminar is restricted to 10 students. If more than 10 students want to participate, the slots are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you want to secure your spot (non-binding), write an email to thomas.blaesius(at)hpi.de.

Structure of the Seminar

In the first meeting we will distribute the available topics among the participants.  Every participant is expected to

  1. give a 60-80 minute talk on their topic,
  2. write a short essay (at most 8 pages) on their topic.

The grade will be based on these two factors (70% presentation, 30% essay).