David E. Breen

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Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office : 3675 Market Street, Room 1134
Office # : (215) 895-1626
Dept. # : (215) 895-2669
FAX # : (215) 895-0545
david AT cs.drexel.edu

Office Hours - Mondays, 3:00 PM → 5:00 PM
Other times by appointment



I will be an invited speaker at the 2020 International Conference on System Modeling and Optimization.

My undergraduate advisee Peter Gagliardi has been given the CS Department A* Award and High Performance Computing Award.
My PhD student Sean Grimes has been given the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award.

I was an invited speaker at the Karman Conference on Additive Fabrication of Interactive Material Systems.

I was an invited speaker at the 10th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Technology.

My MS student Rafael Campos has been profiled on the CCI web site.

I am part of the Drexel team that was awarded one of the National Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation!
Called AFFOA, the institute focuses on advanced fibers and textiles and is led by MIT.
Go here for more information.
AFFOA and the State of Pennsylvania recently established a Fabric Discovery Center here at Drexel.

Check out "Level Set Morphing Goes to Hollywood!"


I am affiliated with the   Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, the Center for Functional Fabrics, and the Center for Biological Discovery from Big Data.
I participate in the REThink CS @ Drexel Program.

I collaborate with three research teams:

I am an Organizing Committee Member for the 2019 International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.
I am the Program Co-Chair for the 2019 4th International Conference on Biomedical Signal and Image Processing.
I am currently on the Program Committee of
      the 2019 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO),
      the 2019 Conference on Artificial Life,
      the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine , and
      the 2020 International Conference on System Modeling and Optimization.


Research Interests

Geometry is the technical thread that runs through most of my research. This may include geometric computation, geometric modeling, and geometric analysis.
Having studied physics as an undergraduate, physics-based modeling also is a frequent theme in my research, which can be seen in my energy-based optimization and simulation work.

Since I am fascinated by living systems and how they work, I have worked extensively with biologists, biomedical engineers and physicians. This has led to my research efforts in geometric biomedical computing. This is a research area that lies at the intersection of biology, medicine, engineering and computer science, and one that develops algorithms and software to solve geometry-related computing problems for a variety of biomedical applications.

I am intrigued by the dynamic processes that aggregate small-scale, local interactions to produce large-scale, self-organizing macroscopic behavior and structures.

I have also returned to my technical roots (cloth modeling) by getting involved with the research at the Center for Functional Fabrics.
I am helping to develop computational technologies needed for the design of advanced textiles.

I am currently involved in four research projects:

My research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics.

Publications List        Selected Ray-Traced Images

       My book, Cloth Modeling and Animation, (co-edited with Donald House) is available from CRC Press!

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Last modified on September 15, 2019.