Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Algorithmic folding (Wintersemester 2020/2021)

Dozent: , Thijs Roumen (Human-Computer Interaction) , Muhammed Abdullah (Human-Computer Interaction)
Website zum Kurs: https://hpi.de/baudisch/dokuwiki/algorithmic-folding-ws2021/start

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.2020 -20.11.2020
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch

Studiengänge & Module

IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • HCGT-Konzepte und Methoden
  • HCGT-Techniken und Werkzeuge
  • HCGT-Spezialisierung
  • SAMT-Konzepte und Methoden
  • SAMT-Techniken und Werkzeuge
  • SAMT-Spezialisierung
  • ITSE-Analyse
  • ITSE-Maintenance


In this course we study the mathematics and implement algorithms for folding. We cover algorithms for linkage folding (e.g. knots and mechanical bars with hinges like robotic arms), origami and the folding of polyhedra (e.g. shape changing structures and spatial compression). In each lecture we will cover a particular folding algorithm and implement one partially in class and as homework. The resulting implementations we evaluate with real-life examples where possible.

Lern- und Lehrformen

lectures and code assignments for every week. 

we have a double slot on mondays in which we first do the lecture and use the second slot to work on the assignments together


we have a mid-term exam which counts for 30% of the grade

and a final exam to cover the other 70% 


Mondays 09:15 - 12:30 via zoom starting November 9th 

(Because of the "vollversamlung" we start on November 9th with our first lecture)
Sign up using the mailing list on the dokuwiki https://hpi.de/baudisch/dokuwiki/algorithmic-folding-ws2021/start. We will distribute the zoom passcode and other resources using this channel