Maria Larsson, PhD

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Project Assistant Professor

User Interface Research Group
Department of Creative Informatics
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
The University of Tokyo


I am a Project Assistant Professor supported by RIISE and ACT-X. My research focuses on generative and inverse modeling of 3D geometries and material textures, subtractive manufacturing, and user interfaces. I received a Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo in 2023, advised by Takeo Igarashi, and have presented technical papers at several international conferences including UIST and SIGGRAPH. I also have several years of professional experience as architect designer.

In search for a new position from April 2025

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PhD Thesis front page

Computational Carpentry: Material- and Fabrication-aware Design Systems

Japanese title:「計算木工: 素材および製作プロセスを考慮したデザインシステム」 Maria Larsson. Adviser: Takeo Igarashi
PhD Thesis. The University of Tokyo, 2023
[Full text PDF] [Abstract PDF] [Abstract PDF (JP)]

Procedural Knot

Procedural Texturing of Solid Wood with Knots

Maria Larsson, Takashi Ijiri, Hironori Yoshida, Johannes Huber, Magnus Fredriksson, Olof Broman, and Takeo Igarashi
Journal-track technical paper. Transactions on Graphics (TOG) / SIGGRAPH 2022
[PDF] [Video] [DOI] [Project page]

Tsugite Joint

Tsugite: Interactive Design and Fabrication of Wood Joints

Maria Larsson, Hironori Yoshida, Nobuyuki Umetani, and Takeo Igarashi
Technical paper. User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) 2020
[PDF] [Video] [DOI] [Project page] [GitHub ☆ 300+ stars]

Branch Dome

Human-in-the-loop Fabrication of 3D Surfaces with Natural Tree Branches

Maria Larsson, Hironori Yoshida, and Takeo Igarashi
Technical paper. Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF) 2019
[PDF] [Video] [Presentation (13 min)] [DOI] [Project page]

Branch Connect

Upcycling Tree Branches as Architectural Elements through Collaborative Design and Fabrication

Hironori Yoshida, Maria Larsson, and Takeo Igarashi
Technical paper. Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI) 2019
[PDF] [Video] [DOI]

Other (non-peer-reviewed) writing:

Updating the art of joinery for the 21st century (EN)

Medium Blog post, Oct 10, 2020 [Link]

中銀カプセルタワーに住んでいた留学生から見た日本の生活 (JP)

English title: "Life in Japan as seen from a student from overseas who lived in the Nakagin Capsule Tower"
RE No. 184 / Building Maintenance and Management Center (BMMC), Oct 1, 2014

Grants & Awards

Swirled Branches


Design Work

Campus Biel/Bienne