David E. Breen

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Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs
Department of Computer Science
College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office : 3675 Market Street, Room 1177
Office # : (215) 895-1626     (Do not leave messages at this number)
Dept. # : (215) 895-2669
FAX # : (215) 895-0545
david AT cs.drexel.edu



I have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research with the ELAN Team of the INRIA Centre at the University of Grenoble Alpes
during the 24-25 school year! More details can be found here.

I have also been named a Dresden Senior Fellow, which will support my sabbatical visit to the TU Dresden (Germany) in the Fall!
I will be conducting research at the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology.

I guest co-edited (along with Jim McCann of CMU) a special issue of the journal Computer Aided Design
on Computational Modeling, Design and Fabrication for Textiles.

My PhD student Levi Kapplani Maharaj and others have published a paper on generating yarn topology graphs for knitted fabrics.

My PhD student Joel Pepper has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and
received the best student paper award at the 2021 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries!

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

I was 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 have established a Fabric Discovery Center at Drexel.
Here is a story that describes the research being conducted at the Center for Functional Fabrics.

Check out "Level Set Morphing Goes to Hollywood!"

Enjoy some "math humor"!


I am affiliated with the Metadata Research Center and the Center for Biological Discovery from Big Data.

I collaborate with four research teams:

I am the Program Co-Chair for the 2024 9th International Conference on Biomedical Signal and Image Processing.
I am currently on the Program Committee of
      the 2024 Asia Symposium on Image Processing and
      the 2024 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine.

I am on the Editorial Boards of
       MDPI Textiles and
       International Journal of Modeling and Optimization.


Diagram showing how CS certificates map into the CS MS degrees

Proposed Web Page Update for CS PhD Requirements

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 develop, I have worked extensively with biologists, biophysicists, biomedical engineers and physicians. This interest 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 conducting research on the modeling and design of knitted fabrics.

I am currently involved in seven research projects:

Here is an overview of my research activities/expertise.

My research is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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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Current Students

Former Drexel Students

Conference Information

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Last modified on July 11, 2024.